Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

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

Petrol engines 7.0 - 11.0 mpp
Diesel engines 9.2 - 11.4 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 32.8 - 51.4 mpg
Diesel engines 45.6 - 56.5 mpg
  • Once modern car now showing its age
  • No hybrid or electric model
  • Diesels are the cheapest to run

When this version of the Octavia Estate was launched, Skoda said weight reduction measures would help bring emissions down, and a more efficient 4x4 system was brought in promising 14% less fuel consumption.

On the whole this is an efficient car, with the diesel range claiming to be the cheapest to run. Pick the 1.6-litre TDI for the smallest bills 49.6-56.5mpg and 131-150g/km in it's most economical manual form. The 2.0-litre TDI also fares well - with 48.7-54.3mpg and 135-150g/km on the cards.

The petrols aren't much worse, particularly the 1.0 TSI, which reckons on 43.5-50.4mpg and 126-147 g/km. Hot on its heels is the more powerful 1.5-litre TSI, promising 42.2-51.4mpg and 126-152g/km.

Octavia vRS running costs

Things can quickly take a trip south when it comes to the cost of vRS ownership - but hold on - because the diesel 4x4 is actually quite reasonable.

2020 Skoda Octavia Estate engine

Despite a big wedge of torque and grippy all-wheel drive, Skoda says you can get 40.4-45.6mpg and 162-185g/km if you're careful. Thing is, because the performance is so readily available, it's likely you won't find it very hard at all to replicate those figures.

The trouble with the petrol version is that it's way too tempting to stand on the accelerator pedal at any possible opportunity, making the claimed 35.8-36.7mpg and 174-180g/km a bit of a pipe dream. We averaged just under 30mpg in our long term test car.

Reliability

  • Skoda ranks well for reliability and customer satisfaction
  • Three year, 60,000 mile warranty on new cars
  • Some minor recalls; easy to check whether this has been done

Previously, reliability has been strong. Skodas often fare well in reliability and customer satisfaction surveys and the engines are shared with other cars in the VW Group line-up, so they are well-proven.

That's largely been the story for this model - you really shouldn't have much to worry about, plus there's a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty in case the worst happens.

During its lifespan there have been some minor recalls. One from 2016 where the rear child locks disengaged without warning (although the doors themselves remained closed) on cars built from November 2015 to April 2016.

There's a simple online service for you to check whether the car you are looking at has any outstanding recall issues, you just need the VIN to hand.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £165
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 12 - 29
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