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  • Acres of passenger space in the Octavia
  • Boot is larger than all of its rivals
  • Plenty of clever storage solutions as well

2017 Skoda Octavia rear seats

The Octavia boasts an impressive amount of head-, leg- and kneeroom and it’ll easily accommodate five occupants in comfort.

You'll also find the usual complement of storage spaces dotted around the car, and a sizeable console bin that can hold a host of items.

Additionally, there’s a loading hatch in the rear seats that acts as an armrest when you are not storing stuff – and a very useful net that’s located underneath the parcel shelf to stop smaller items rolling about.

Will it fit in my garage?

The Octavia hatchback’s longer body means it offers more space than any of its similarly priced rivals. It’s so big, in fact, the Octavia Estate’s boot is barely any bigger when loaded up to the parcel shelf. There’s space for four and luggage, while a fifth will be comfy for shorter journeys. This all makes the Octavia an excellent choice for families.

The Skoda's boot capacity measures 590 litres, which is massive when you compare it with rivals: Volkswagen Golf (380 litres), Ford Focus (375 litres), Honda Civic (478 litres) and Vauxhall Astra (370 litres).

Will my luggage fit?

2017 Skoda Octavia boot

The Octavia’s boot is even bigger than the Ford Mondeo which offers 550 litres of storage capacity.

The only criticism is that you can't fold the rear seats down completely flat, but you can still store plenty of stuff in there even though they lie at a slight angle. Total loading capacity with the seats down is an impressive 1,580 litres – an increase of 125 litres over the previous model.

The Octavia also features a double-sided floor covering in the boot plus there’s also a handy ice scraper inside the filler cap which is a neat touch.

Safety

  • Strong safety credentials for the Octavia
  • Standard safety kit is comprehensive
  • You can add even more driver assistance systems

The Skoda Octavia scores well in Euro NCAP tests and boasts standard electronic stability control (ESC), up to nine airbags and a suite of advanced crash protection technology – however, much of the latter is only available as an optional extra.

This includes Front Assist with City Emergency Brake function, which will attempt to automatically bring the car to a halt if it detects an impending collision.

As of 2017, this also includes Predictive Pedestrian Protection – which is capable of applying the brakes in an attempt to stop the car if a person walks out in front. Standard on SE L and Laurin & Klement grade cars, Front Assist is available as a cost-option on all other trim levels aside from S.

Another optional extra across all trim levels is Skoda’s Crew Assistant that pre-tightens the seatbelts if an accident seems inevitable. Adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and high-beam assist are also available.

The Octavia has been awarded a five-star crash test rating by Euro NCAP. It boasts scores of 93% for adult occupant protection and 86% for child occupant protection, although pedestrian protection was downgraded from an original score of 82% to 66% in June 2013 after Skoda discontinued the standard fitment of an active ‘pop-up’ bonnet.

Isofix child seat mountings are fitted as standard on the outer rear seats.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Skoda Octavia Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Black Edition equipment

Black Edition standard equipment
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Black Edition optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Headlight washers

Elegance equipment

Elegance standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Elegance optional equipment
None available

GreenLine equipment

GreenLine standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
GreenLine optional equipment
None available

Laurin + Klement equipment

Laurin + Klement standard equipment
  • CD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
Laurin + Klement optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • DVD

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Cloth seat trim
S optional equipment
  • CD
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
SE optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers

SE Business equipment

SE Business standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
SE Business optional equipment
None available

SE Drive equipment

SE Drive standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
SE Drive optional equipment
None available

SE L equipment

SE L standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
SE L optional equipment
  • CD

SE Sport equipment

SE Sport standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
SE Sport optional equipment
  • Audio remote

SE Technology equipment

SE Technology standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
SE Technology optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers

Sport Line equipment

Sport Line standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Sport Line optional equipment
None available

vRS equipment

vRS standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
vRS optional equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Heated seats
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Roof rails

vRS Challenge equipment

vRS Challenge standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
vRS Challenge optional equipment
None available

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Skoda Octavia Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2013 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2013
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 86%
Pedestrian: 66%
Safety Assist: 66%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.