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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Octavia was awarded four stars out of five by Euro NCAP for adult occupant crash safety. That's a reasonable score but many newer hatchbacks have received the maximum rating. However, the Octavia comes with all the safety equipment you'd expect including ESP traction control to prevent the car losing control in a skid, driver and passenger front and side airbags plus active front headrests to protect the front occupants spines minimising the effects of whiplash injuries in the event of a rear end collision.

Curtain airbags are optional.

Few performance cars at this price offer as much room as the Octavia. Unusually, it's available as a five-door hatch or as an estate and both are hugely practical. The boot is easy to access in both bodystyles thanks to the large tailgate and wide opening. The load area in the hatch is 560 litres - larger than the Vauxhall Insignia VXR. The estate version boasts 580 litres and folding down the rear seats increases this to a cavernous 1,620 litres, giving it the ability to cope with large amounts of flat pack furniture or two bikes.

There are also lashing eyes for a cargo net and a folding hook. Up front there's plenty of storage including large door pockets, a cubby on the dash top and a deep box between the two seats.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Skoda Octavia vRS (05-13).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD Multichanger
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • 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
  • Climate control
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

vRS equipment

vRS standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
vRS optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

vRS Blackline equipment

vRS Blackline standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
vRS Blackline optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Steel wheels

vRS Limited equipment

vRS Limited standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Roof rails
  • Space saver spare wheel
vRS Limited optional equipment
None available

vRS Limited Edition equipment

vRS Limited Edition standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Rear electric windows
  • Space saver spare wheel
vRS Limited Edition optional equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Roof rails
  • Steel wheels

Euro NCAP Rating

The Skoda Octavia vRS (05-13) was tested by Euro NCAP in and received the following safety ratings:

  • Adult Occupant - 4 stars
  • Child Occupant - 4 stars
  • Vulnerable road users - 2 stars

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.