Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

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

Petrol engines 9.0 - 12.1 mpp
Diesel engines 10.6 - 13.9 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.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 42.2 - 56.5 mpg
Diesel engines 52.3 - 68.9 mpg
  • Diesel the cheapest to fuel – 60+mpg in real-world driving
  • Not much difference in fuel efficiency between 115-150hp models
  • Petrol model puts in an excellent performance too 

In terms of fuelling, all the Octavia range puts in a good performance. It will come as no surprise that the cheapest Octavia at the pumps is the lowest-powered 2.0-litre diesel with 115hp. According to 'real-world' WLTP testing, this gets between 55.4 and 62.8mpg on the Combined testing cycle.

We tested this engine in a 1,000-mile week of motorway and A-road driving, and achieved 62.8mpg (the computer reported 63.5mpg), recorded when brimming the fuel tank. In terms of emissions, it produces 113-135g/km of CO2, which also places it at the head of the Octavia range.

That position is likely to change quite dramatically when the plug-in hybrid iV models arrive, but until then, our favourite all-rounder is the more powerful and DSG-only 2.0-litre TDI 150 - which sees a slight drop in fuel economy to 52.3-61.4mpg and a slight rise in CO2 output to 119-141g/km.

The entry-level 1.0-litre petrol should be fairly cheap to run provided you don't work the engine too hard. With figures of 46.3-54.3mpg, your best chance of attaining these figures will be on a long motorway cruise. The CO2 output isn't quite as low as the entry-level diesel either, with 117-138g/km. Opt for the DSG automatic and this claims 44.8-55.4mpg with CO2 output at 115-143g/km.

The 150hp petrol promises 42.2-50.4mpg and 127-153g/km of CO2. In testing, we know this engine is a good one (some rough-running issues when cold aside) and capable of excellent real-world fuel consumption. We'll report back when we've driven one extensively.

When it comes to the vRS, the 2.0-litre petrol with the DSG automatic gearbox claims to achieve between 35.3-40.9mpg, with a CO2 output of 157-181g/km. Opt for the plug-in hybrid version and fuel economy figures rise to 176.6-256.8mpg, with CO2 emissions dropping to 26-36g/km.

The diesel vRS betters the petrol with a claimed 56.9mpg and 130g/km of CO2 output. The four-wheel drive version see this drop to 51.3mpg and CO2 output rise to 145g/km.

Reliability

  • All-new car powered by existing well-proven engines
  • Lots of shared technology with other Volkswagen Group cars
  • Skoda has a good reliability record

The new Skoda Octavia is a little young to be pronouncing how well it perfoms on the reliability front – but given Skoda's high score in the JD Power Vehicle Dependency Survey, customers are very happy with their cars. In the 2019 survey it came second behind Peugeot, with 88 problems per 100 vehicles reported – that compares with 113 for Volkswagen, 117 for SEAT and 167 for Audi.

The two engines on offer so far are a known quantity – the 2.0 TDI is reliable and well respected, while the 1.5-litre TSI Evo petrol engine is known for rough-running issues when cold.

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) £150
Insurance group 12 - 21
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