- Spacious interior
- Huge boot
- Excellent value for money
- Not as fun to drive as some rivals
- Conservative looks
- Interior quality not class-leading
One of the most spacious family hatchbacks currently on sale
The Skoda Octavia, despite looking like a saloon, is one of the finest family hatchbacks currently on sale in the UK today. The Octavia’s first introduction to British roads in 1998 completely changed the way in which the Czech manufacturer’s cars were judged. The Octavia offered a quality family solution that was significantly cheaper than those on offer from more conventional rivals. The current Octavia follows the same path. It’s more spacious, has better equipment, and is much cheaper than any similar sized car. There’s little wonder that the Octavia is now one of the best reviewed cars on sale today.
The third generation Octavia, introduced in 2013, featured a complete redesign. A new chassis, a new body, and all new finishing kit.
Well built, but lacks the refinement of class-leaders
The inside of the Octavia is built with one thing in mind: solid build quality. The cabin is put together impeccably well, and whilst the design might not be the most inspiring, there’s more space than you’d find in any competitor.
When it comes to interior design, Skoda doesn’t do flashy. The dashboard of the Octavia is a simple design that places controls exactly where they should be, and everything feels well built. The materials used aren’t quite as impressive as you’d find in a VW Golf, but there’s still soft-touch plastics used across the majority of the dash, with only lower areas using cheaper materials. There’s also attractive contrasting trim on the centre console on more expensive models.
One area in which the Octavia really excels is in its space. The inside of the Octavia is easily the biggest in its class. There’s enough room for five people in the Octavia, which is more than you can say for some competitors. Boot space is similarly impressive. With 590 litres of capacity, it’s far bigger than the Ford Focus (316 litres), the Vauxhall Astra (351 litres), and even the VW Golf (380 litres). There is no car that can compete with the Octavia for space.
Spec levels in the Octavia are also pretty impressive. Even in the most basic S trim you’ll get air-con, alloys, a DAB radio, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity. The SE trim is a little more expensive, but represents the best value. This trim adds dual-zone climate control, parking sensors, and all-round electric windows. For the price you’ll pay for an Octavia, that’s pretty impressive.
Overall the inside of the Octavia is a very solid package. The design of the cabin might not be as contemporary as some would like, but it’s incredibly well built. The Octavia is also by far the most spacious car in its class, as well as featuring generous equipment. It really does represent excellent value for money.
Not the most fun to drive, but comfortable and refined
Whilst rivals such as the Ford Focus are much better to drive than the Octavia, especially for keen drivers, it still offers a respectable driving experience. It focuses on security over fun, so the steering is assured and offers good feedback, whilst it’s also light enough around town to make parking easy. There’s also plenty of grip through the corners, but it’s still not as engaging as a Focus.
Suspension and Chassis
Comfort levels in the Octavia are also notable, particularly on models with small wheels. The suspension and chassis iron out rough surfaces and potholes with relative ease, though it can be a little bit bumpy at lower speeds. Suspension noise is also noticeable at lower speeds, though there’s not much in the way of road and wind noise, which makes the Octavia an excellent motorway cruiser.
Gearbox options in the Octavia come in three guises. Low-powered entry-level models come with a five-speed manual, that whilst decent, isn’t particularly suited to anything other than town driving. Most buyers will want to go with the six-speed manual, which offers greater flexibility. There’s also an impressive seven-speed DSG automatic available, which is sure to be a hit with those who regularly drive long distances.
A good range of efficient, green engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your Octavia, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s something in the range for everyone, from petrolheads, to the eco-conscious.
If it’s power that you want from your Octavia, the standout engine in the range is the petrol-powered 2.0 litre TSI vRS. This model shares its engine with the Golf GTI, producing 220bhp, and getting from 0-62mph in just 6.8 seconds. That’s mightily quick for a car as practical as the Octavia, and it’s sure to please family buyers who still enjoy a B-road blast at the weekend.
Eco-friendly buyers will also be pleased to know that there’s a great engine for them in the Octavia range. The diesel-powered 1.6 TDI CR GreenLine III engine produces just 90g/km of CO2 emissions, which is enough to make it road tax exempt. It’s also the most fuel efficient, which will make it a popular option with money-savers. There’s up to an amazing 80.7mpg on offer from this engine, so it’ll save buyers lots of money at the fuel pumps each week.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your Octavia, you’re not going to be disappointed. Some buyers may find the entry-level petrol engines a little underpowered, but aside from those, the engines on offer are all impressive.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, quality standard safety kit
Like nearly every car in its class, the Skoda Octavia easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 93% in adult safety, 86% in child safety, and 66% in pedestrian safety, the Octavia is safer than the Vauxhall Astra, the Peugeot 308, and the Ford Focus. There’s also plenty of solid safety kit as standard. You’ll get seven airbags, stability control, hill-start assist, a tyre-pressure monitoring system, and a city braking system on even the most basic models. The Octavia is one of the safest family hatchbacks currently on sale.
Outstanding value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Skoda Octavia represents excellent value for money for buyers. This obviously varies from model to model, but generally speaking CO2 levels are better than the class standard, and fuel efficiency is high. Diesel engines perform better in both of these respects, so will be attractive for those on a budget.
Insurance costs in the Octavia are also good value for money. They’re not an awful lot cheaper than rivals, but you certainly won’t be paying more than you should be. The cheapest model in the range is the entry-level 1.2 TSI S, whilst the most expensive is the top of the range, super quick 2.0 TSI vRS, which is in group 29.
Depreciation is a factor with the Octavia, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Skoda Octavia is one of the best value family hatchbacks currently on sale. There’s no car in its class that can match the practical space it offers, and with a well-built interior, some impressive engines, and an impeccable safety record, the Octavia really is the complete package.
Buying a used Skoda Octavia online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Skoda Octavia for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used Octavia. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Skoda Octavia online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Skoda? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Skoda Octavia, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used Octavia, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Skoda to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.