Skoda Octavia Hatchback (13 on) - Review

Review by Tim Bowdler on
Last Updated: 21 May 2014
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This is the third generation of the popular Skoda Octavia from the Czech maker. It is now 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the previous generation but it also looks more elegant than before.

4 out of 5

Safety

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The list of Skoda Octavia safety systems is long. Depending on how much you spend you can get a Lane Assistant which keeps the car on track and Post Collision braking that slows the car after an impact.

Also offered is City Braking, which stops the car if it thinks an accident is imminent in slow traffic, as well as a Fatigue Warning that warns the driver if he or she is getting tired.

There’s also a Front Assistant option, which sounds a warning if it thinks the car is getting too close to the one in front. It also automatically brakes if a collision looks likely. Another addition is Skoda’s Crew Assistant that pre-tightens the seatbelts if an accident seems inevitable.

Stability control is standard and there are up to nine airbags available. ISOFIX child seat mountings are fitted in the rear seats.

The new car has been awarded a five-star crash test rating by Euro NCAP. It can boast scores of 93% for adult occupant protection and 86% for child occupant protection, although pedestrian protection was downgraded from an original score of 82% to 66% in June 2013 after Skoda discontinued the standard fitment of an active ‘pop-up’ bonnet.

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

Skoda has an exemplary record for reliability and the previous Octavias have scored extremely highly in reliability and customer satisfaction surveys in the past.

We expect Skoda Octavia reliability to be much the same for this new model, so buyers shouldn't worry much at all.

Car check problem points

Body

Check for any parking dents or scrapes.

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported.

Other

No problems reported.