Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Should you buy a Skoda Octavia Hatchback?

The Octavia is a talented all-round family car offering great value thanks to reasonable prices, a huge, high-quality cabin and a wide range of engines and trim levels in a choice of bodystyles. It’s not exciting, but it gets the job done without any fuss.

If you want to jump in a car and demolish a 500-mile journey in one hit, then this is high up in the list of contenders. Not bad when you consider how good value this is…

The Octavia should be an attractive option for families and company car drivers who want a frugal, well-built five-door car that has plenty of interior space. Its all-things-to-all-people traits make it a very competitive and sensible option in this sector.

We suggest going for the SE L model. It will be the most popular version and this should help protect your resale values a bit. All the diesels are decent motors but the 150hp 2.0-litre is the one to go for in our book, especially with the seven-speed DSG transmission.

Octavia buyers keen to keep their costs down can be tempted by the 1.0-litre TSI petrol. It’s the cheapest to buy outright, but its dinky capacity means running costs are kept low, too. That doesn’t mean it’s not up to the job of sitting on the motorway, though – it’s a surprisingly punchy performer and should not be overlooked.

Business drivers will appreciate the 1.6-litre TDI’s superior fuel economy claims. Low CO2 emissions will also mean favourable BIK costs, too.

Those looking for something a bit more fun can look to the Octavia vRS. It comes with a choice of petrol or diesel, but it’s the 245hp petrol that provides the best performance with a 0-62mph time of 6.6 seconds. The best part is it keeps all the other sensible Octavia traits, so there’s very little compromise by going for this model.

If you need even more practicality, however, there's the Octavia Estate, or if you fancy something that rides a little higher, the Karoq could be worth a look.