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Skoda Octavia Hatchback Review Video
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At a glance

New price £16,515 - £31,170
Used price £3,890 - £22,425
Used monthly cost £97 - £560
Fuel Economy 35.8 - 57.7 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £165
Insurance group 12 - 29 How much is it to insure?
New

PROS

  • Impressive build quality
  • Spacious boot
  • Generous kit levels
  • Lots of rear legroom

CONS

  • Non-vRS models can be dull to drive
  • No hybrid option
  • Bland interior
  • Still some brand image issues

Skoda Octavia Hatchback rivals

Written by Lawrence Cheung on

The Skoda Octavia family is the answer to most motoring questions. Just want a hatchback? Get this one. Need more space? Get an Octavia Estate. Performance desires? Get an Octavia vRS. Live in the countryside? Get an Octavia Scout.

Offering the kind of space you’d expect to find in something like a Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport, the Octavia actually competes with the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Honda Civic when it comes to price. That also means it takes on in-house VW Group products such as the Volkswagen Golf and SEAT Leon, as well as good-value alternatives such as the Hyundai i30 and Peugeot 308.  

The Octavia range was given an update in 2017, with a fresh front-end with distinctive new lights and tweaked bumpers, while the inside received some new trims and a larger standard 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system shared with other VW Group products, with an upgraded 9.2-inch version available as an option.

We've driven the 2020 Skoda Octavia - find out what's good and bad about the new car here

Exceptional practicality over rivals

One of the Octavia’s most impressive traits is its exceptional luggage capacity and room for passengers. Boot space far exceeds its rivals at 590 litres with the rear seats in place and 1,580 litres with them folded down. In fact, there’s so much space that the Octavia could be seen as a legitimate rival to cars in the class above such as the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport.

Within the cabin itself there are storage cubbies aplenty, plus a handy ice scraper inside the fuel cap.

2017 Skoda Octavia interior

The interior is arguably a bit plain but it's super functional and easy to use - with physical controls for things like the air-con and large, easy to read infotainment screens for the rest.

Attractive range of engines – but no hybrid 

Skoda offers the Octavia with a competitive selection of conventional turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, arguably the most interesting of which is the 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI.

Available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG automatic transmission, there’s a useful 115hp on tap while average fuel economy is diesel-aping.

Other motors include the usual spread of 1.6- and 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines, plus a 150hp 1.5-litre petrol and a powerful 190hp 2.0-litre petrol.

Performance Octavia vRS models add flair

Adding to the Octavia’s broad spectrum of abilities are the performance vRS versions. Available with either a 184hp 2.0-litre diesel or a 2.0-litre petrol producing 245hp, both deliver an impressive blend of practicality, pace and fuel efficiency.

All versions can be had in six-speed manual and seven-speed DSG automatic forms, plus all-wheel drive on certain models.

Available exclusively with a revised version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged TSI engine and the option of six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG automatic gearboxes, this is the top-performing Octavia. 

We lived with one for six months, which you can read about in the long term section of this review. Plus we also had the previous Skoda Octavia vRS 230hp, which you can read about here.

Skoda Connect with Amazon Alexa

In May 2018, Skoda announced that its Connect multimedia system – which features on the Octavia hatchback – would interface with Amazon's Alexa virtual personal assistant. 

This means you can now ask Alexa certain questions to find things out about your Octavia hatchback. For example, you can check if you've left the headlights on, what the maximum range is with your current fuel level or even where you've parked your car.

Read on for the full Skoda Octavia review

Skoda Octavia Hatchback rivals

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