Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 4.6 - 6.4 mpp
Diesel engines 5.7 - 7.7 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 25.6 - 33.2 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 39.2 - 54.3 mpg
Diesel engines 49.6 - 67.3 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 217.3 - 282.5 mpg
  • PHEV potentially the cheapest to run – for now
  • Not much difference between 115-150hp models
  • Petrol model only marginally worse

What are the running costs?

Skoda Octavias are well known for their low running costs, having earned a reputation for reliability and excellent fuel consumption, especially in diesel form. This is holding true with the fourth generation, which is also bolstered by the arrival of a plug-in hybrid version, which is best suited to those who can regularly take short journeys on battery power alone.

The best performing non-hybrid petrol is the 110hp 1.0 TSI, which officially manages up to 53.3mpg in manual guise. We suspect it’ll take a long motorway cruise to gently work your way up to the official fuel figures, though, as this engine may need to work harder to get the Octavia up to speed. There’s also a mild-hybrid e-TEC version of this engine, which only comes with the automatic DSG gearbox and uses 48-volt electronics to enhance the stop-start system to achieve 54.3mpg. The on-paper figures might not seem much at all, but this system will make more of a difference in towns and cities with heavy traffic.

The 1.5 TSI is more powerful with 150hp, but features cylinder deactivation technology to help save fuel under lighter throttle loads. The system is imperceptible in its operation when you’re on the move, and results in official fuel economy of 51.4mpg and 52.3mpg for the manual and DSG auto, respectively.

Turn to the diesels and all models use the same 2.0 TDI unit. The 116hp version replaced the older 115hp 1.6 TDI, with the larger capacity boosting torque over the old motor, and achieving a WLTP test-best of 65.7mpg, which is slightly better than the old unit, too. Add a DSG gearbox, and the official figure is 62.8mpg.

Intriguingly, the 150hp 2.0 TDI has the same official economy figures as the 116hp version. All diesels come with a 13.35-litre AdBlue tank, and the car’s trip computer will let you know when it needs topping up.

If your lifestyle supports it – as in you have access to a charging socket and only do short daily journeys – then the Octavia iV excels. You might even see close to the official 282.5.3-235.4mpg if you make good use of the 43-mile all-electric range. Business users will also benefit from a low Benefit-in-Kind tax rate, thanks to the 23-28g/km CO2 figure quoted for the Octavia iV. If you don’t charge the battery, then expect fuel economy to drop, although you should get 55mpg at the very least. In cold weather you can expect the maximum electric range to drop, too.

The performance focused vRS is available with three engine options. The 245hp 2.0 TSI petrol is the most fun to drive, but the TDI diesel and iV plug-in hybrid versions are cheaper to run. Stick to petrol and official economy is 40.4mpg irrespective of whether you choose a manual or an auto.

The diesel is a 200hp unit that is DSG-only, and this manages up to 55.4mpg or 50.4mpg with four-wheel drive. We achieved between 49.1mpg and 59mpg in a vRS TDI during our six-month extended test that took in a mixture of motorway and country roads.

With the vRS plug-in, you’ll need to keep the hybrid battery charged up as often as possible to achieve near its 217.3mpg official figure.

Servicing and warranty

Servicing intervals are once a year or every 20,000 miles. You can buy a service plan to cover the first two services and pay for these costs up front, or add them into your finance payments. It’s well worth taking up if anything untoward happens, while all Skoda service parts and labour are covered by a two-year warranty.

Speaking of warranties, Skoda offers a fairly standard three-year/60,000-mile warranty on all of its cars, while wear and tear items (brakes, clutches, tyres, wipers, interior trim, etc) are covered for the first six months or 6,500 miles. You can extend the Octavia’s main warranty to five years or up to 100,000 miles at extra cost.

Reliability

  • Octavia still too new to judge
  • Lots of shared tech
  • Newer engines are used elsewhere

This fourth-generation Skoda Octavia is still a little too new to pass judgement on in the reliability department. However, if previous generations are anything to go by, you should have little to worry about.

Although relatively new in some respects, most of the engine tech is proven and used widely throughout the Volkswagen Group, although the mild hybrid units feature some fancy electronics.

A lot more of the controls in the interior have been given over to the infotainment screen and while that may be an ergonomic concern, there’s nothing to suggest this should be any more fragile than the old car’s manual buttons and switches.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £155 - £165
Insurance group 11 - 26
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