- Efficient range of petrol and diesel models
- Three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine returns 58.9mpg
- Performance vRS models also impressively frugal
Regardless of which engine you go for, all Skoda Octavias excel when it comes to running costs – even the vRS versions.
If you’re after the best fuel economy then the 115hp 1.6-litre TDI comes out on top. When paired with the seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox it returns 72.4mpg, falling to 68.9mpg in six-speed manual spec.
The 150hp 2.0-litre TDI meanwhile, manages 65.7mpg and 62.8mpg in manual and DSG auto guises respectively.
However, for those not keen on diesel power the three-cylinder 115hp 1.0-litre TSI engine is impressively light on fuel, claiming a combined figure of 58.9mpg in both manual and DSG auto form.
Thanks to clever cylinder deactivation technology – shutting down up to two cylinders while the engine is under light loads – the 150hp 1.4-litre TSI petrol returns an official 54.3mpg, rising to 57.7mpg when partnered with the DSG auto. Impressive for a practical family hatchback capable of 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds.
Even more impressive is the fuel economy from vRS models. The 184hp 2.0-litre TDI returns a scarcely believable 62.8mpg, while the 230hp 2.0-litre TSI manages 43.5mpg.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Unleaded||128p||£939 - £1,419 *|
|Diesel||131p||£744 - £1,083 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Every 12 months or 20,000 miles, whichever is sooner|
|Warranty||Three years or 60,000 miles, whichever is sooner|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£0 - £155
See tax rates for all versions
12 - 29
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
There’s no hybrid or pure electric version of the Octavia on offer, but even so the conventional petrol and diesel engines still produce relatively low emissions.
Unsurprisingly the cleanest petrol engine is the three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI, emitting just 108g/km of CO2 when paired with the seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Stick with the six-speed manual and the figure creeps up slightly to 110g/km of CO2.
For the diesel models, CO2 is lowest on the 1.6-litre TDI, coming in at 103g/km of CO2 for the DSG auto and 106g/km for the manual.
From May 2015 to February 2017 the 100hp GreenLine edition of the 1.6-litre diesel emitted just 99g/km of CO2, so it’s not inconceivable that Skoda may at some point in the future introduce an eco-friendlier version of the current engine.
Meanwhile, at 149g/km of CO2, the 230hp Octavia vRS 2.0-litre TSI produces the highest emissions.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
1.6 Tdi (110ps) Diesel,
1.6 Tdi Diesel
|90 g/km (Min)||£0|
|2.0 Tsi (245ps) Petrol||154 g/km (Max)||£140|
- Very little to be concerned about
- Skoda has a stellar reputation for reliability
- If you’re still concerned, get a Parkers Car History check
Skoda has a decent record for reliability and the previous Octavias have scored extremely highly in reliability and customer satisfaction surveys in the past.
We expect Skoda Octavia reliability to be much the same for this new model, so buyers shouldn't worry much at all.
The only recall for this current-generation Octavia came in 2016 and concerned the rear child locks disengaging without warning (the doors themselves remained closed). This affected cars built from November 2015 to April 2016.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||Check for any parking dents or scrapes.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||No problems reported.|