4.3 out of 5 4.3
Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Stylish and pragmatic Skoda is the best pound for pound family car

Skoda Octavia Hatchback Review Video
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At a glance

New price £23,335 - £38,625
Lease from new From £312 p/m View lease deals
Used price £14,685 - £34,005
Used monthly cost From £367 per month
Fuel Economy 40.1 - 289.5 mpg
Road tax cost £155 - £165
Insurance group 12 - 26 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Roomy passenger compartment and massive boot
  • Very wide range of models and prices
  • Smooth ride and good refinement
  • Excellent fuel consumption from diesel

CONS

  • Prices have crept up, so it's no longer cheap
  • Hybrid isn't at its best on long journeys
  • It's a little bit anonymous in an image-conscious market
  • Keen drivers might want less bodyroll

Skoda Octavia Hatchback rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia boasts cutting-edge tech and sharp looks, while delivering loads of passenger room and practicality for a competitive price. It’s a good-looking car that will have many people assuming it’s a premium model when they see it in the metal – something you’d not have thought to say about Skoda a few years ago.

Fittingly, Skoda’s VW Golf alternative shares much of the Volkswagen’s technology under the skin, and in many ways offers more than its German kissing cousin for the same money. Should that worry VW? We reckon so, because, it feels like the Octavia has its own bit of family car market to itself – there’s little to touch it that offers the same level of interior space and practicality for the money.

The thing is, it might be roomy, but is it as clever and as capable as Skoda would have us believe? To be worthy of your money, it’s going to have to be a very good all-rounder, and not just brilliant at one thing – and with rivals that include the aforementioned Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Astra, the Ford Focus or its excellent sister car, the SEAT Leon, as well as the excellent Kia Ceed/Hyundai i30 cousins, it’s a big ask.

The good news is that there really is an Octavia for everyone. Of the standard models, there are three trim levels and no less than eight engines on offer, as well as the hatchback and estate bodystyles. The range starts with the SE, then there’s SE Technology and SE L. Standard equipment levels are generous. SE Technology cars get sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors and that option of a plug-in hybrid.

SE L models get electrically-adjustable seats and LED ambient lighting on the inside. The larger Columbus infotainment system is standard, and comes with voice control and online services. This car also ups the safety tech with blindspot protection and adaptive cruise control that can bring the vehicle down to a complete stop. After that, you’re into vRS territory.

Here’s where things get interesting. The vRS range continues to offer a petrol, diesel and four-wheel drive option – except this time, there’s a plug-in hybrid version as well. The engine range starts with the 200hp diesel, which is available in front- and four-wheel drive forms, as well as a plug-in hybrid and petrol – both of which develop 245hp.

Over the next few pages, we’ll be thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the Skoda Octavia and rating them in our verdict. Along the way, we’ll consider the car’s driving experience, the quality and comfort of its interior, the level of practicality available and how much it’ll cost you to keep it on the road.

Skoda Octavia Hatchback rivals

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