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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
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Equipment

4 out of 5 4.0

The Skoda Octavia accessories line-up originally consisted of four different trim levels - Classic, Ambiente, Elegance and the range-topping Laurin and Klement (named after Skoda's founders). All models were fitted with climate control, electric front windows, central locking, CD stereo and electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors. The Ambiente added key features such as alloy wheels, a six-CD autochanger, remote central locking, split folding rear seats, electric rear windows, alarm and a trip computer while opting for the Elegance you got 16-inch alloys, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, leather steering wheel and gear lever, auxiliary input for MP3 players and an air conditioned box between the front seats that doubles as an armrest.

The L&K models added 17-inch alloys, full leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic lights and wipers and a multifunction steering wheel. When the Octavia was revised in 2009 the Classis and Ambiente trim levels were changed to S, SE while Elegance and Laurin & Klement specifications remain. Despite being the eco-focused car, the Greenline II model doesn’t include the seemingly obligatory steel wheels or specific aero-dynamically enhanced mirrors.

Instead, you still get 15-inch alloys, electrically adjustable and heated mirrors, rolling resistance tyres, tinted glass, body coloured bumpers and side mouldings, electric front windows, height adjustable driver’s seat, height-and-reach adjustable steering wheel, split-folding rear seat, touchscreen radio with six-CD changer and manual air conditioning.

The additional SE Plus takes the SE trim level and adds floor mats, upgraded upholstery finish, parcel net, 16-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, ISOFIX on front passenger seat, maxi-dot trip computer, telephone preparation including Bluetooth, leather multi-function steering wheel and touchscreen sat-nav with iPod input. Options across the model range include heated rear and front seats, electric sunroof, upgraded sat-nav, six-CD autochanger in the boot, front parking sensors, tyre pressure monitor, towbar, heavy duty boot mat and full-size spare wheel.

Even if you opt for the entry level S model you won’t feel shortchanged and, if you haggle hard enough, you might get some extras thrown in on top. We think the SE Plus is worth shelling out extra for: it has a decent level of kit and, with an upgraded sat nav, parking sensors and electric sunroof, it should help to preserve resale values.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Skoda Octavia Hatchback (04-12).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control

Ambiente equipment

Ambiente standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Traction control
Ambiente optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Steel wheels

Classic equipment

Classic standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Steel wheels
  • Traction control
Classic optional equipment
None available

Elegance equipment

Elegance standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
Elegance optional equipment
  • CD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Traction control

Greenline equipment

Greenline standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
Greenline optional equipment
None available

GreenLine II equipment

GreenLine II standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Folding rear seats
  • Remote locking
  • Traction control
GreenLine II optional equipment
None available

L&K equipment

L&K standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Traction control
L&K optional equipment
  • Space saver spare wheel

Laurin + Klement equipment

Laurin + Klement standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Traction control
Laurin + Klement optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Metallic Paint
  • Space saver spare wheel

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Steel wheels
S optional equipment
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Traction control

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
SE optional equipment
  • CD
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Traction control

SE Connect equipment

SE Connect standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
SE Connect optional equipment
None available

SE Plus equipment

SE Plus standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
SE Plus optional equipment
  • Traction control

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control
Sport optional equipment
  • Climate control
  • Full size spare wheel

Safety

3.5 out of 5 3.5

With a score of four stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests the Skoda Octavia's safety levels are fairly high. Many newer hatchbacks like the Ford Focus and Peugeot 308 have been awarded the maximum five stars, however. Driver, passenger and side airbags are standard, while curtain bags are optional (standard on L&K models) as are active headrests. All models get central locking and an immobiliser plus an alarm is standard on Ambiente (later updated to SE) or Elegance trim levels otherwise it's an option.

Euro NCAP Rating

The Skoda Octavia Hatchback (04-12) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Pedestrian - 2 stars

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.

Interior & boot space

4.5 out of 5 4.5

This is one of the Octavia's many strengths. Considering its price tag, the Skoda offers superb space and practicality for the money. The boot is easy to access thanks to a large tailgate and the load area offers 560 litres of space - that's even more than the cavernous Ford Mondeo. There's plenty of storage all round and up front there are large door bins, two central cupholders and a cubby on the top of the dash.

The rear seats split and fold down to boost overall carrying capacity to 1,350 litres.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Skoda Octavia Hatchback (04-12) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Skoda Octavia Hatchback (04-12) 560 litres
Honda Civic Hatchback (06-11) 485 litres
Volkswagen Golf Hatchback (09-12) 350 litres
Ford Focus Hatchback 237 litres

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