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Skoda Octavia Review 2023

The Skoda Octavia is a family hatchback that's Skoda's most popular vehicle. Arguably one of the most practical cars on the market, the Octavia has a massive boot and a plush interior, making it an excellent choice for families. 

Rivals to the Octavia include the Seat Leon, Volkswagen Golf, BMW 1 Series, Ford Focus, and Audi A3

Our Skoda Octavia review covers:

Skoda Octavia Key Features

  • Slick exterior with iconic front grille and refined rear end 
  • Spacious interior with good amounts of tech 
  • 600-litre boot 
  • A range of petrol, diesel, and mild-hybrid engines 
  • Three trim levels 

Skoda Octavia Pros and Cons:

Pros:

  • Spacious interior 
  • Plush cabin that's well-built 
  • Range of efficient engines available 

Cons:

  • Rivals are more fun to drive 
  • Touchscreen can be tricky to use 
  • Not the most exciting hatchback out there 

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The Octavia is one of the most noticeable cars on the road because of that distinctive front grille. With vertical slats and slick headlights on either side, the front design of the Octavia is complemented by creases throughout the body and refined rear end. 

The interior of the Octavia is about as spacious as it gets. There's loads of room in the cabin, and if you can't get comfortable, I don't think that's the Octavia's fault! There's loads of room in the front and back for adults over six feet tall, and our only criticism is that the middle rear passenger has limited leg space. 

Skoda Octavia exterior

Boot space comes in at a massive 600 litres, which exceeds the 300-odd litres in the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. You'll have no issue loading bigger items thanks to its large load area, and you can fold the rear seats 60/40 to accommodate those B&Q trips. 

Interior and Trims

One area that the Octavia has improved is its interior quality. There are loads of soft-touch plastics on the dashboard, and everything you touch feels built to last. As you move up the trim levels, there are a few more premium features, such as microsuede upholstery and heated front seats. 

All models of the Octavia have a 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a DAB radio, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. If you want a sat-nav, you must upgrade to the SE L trim. It's a sharp and responsive system that displays clear graphics but falls short of the more advanced and practical systems in the Mercedes A-Class and BMW 1 Series that can be used via rotary controllers. 

Three trim levels are available: SE, SE L, and vRS. 

SE has 16-inch alloy wheels, LED lights, cloth upholstery, a two-spoke leather steering wheel, aluminium decorative inserts, a 10-inch touchscreen, voice control, height adjustable front seats, rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist, cruise control with speed limiter, and keyless start/stop. 

SE L adds 17-inch aero alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, microsuede upholstery, heated front seats, sat-nav, adaptive cruise control, and drive mode selection. 

vRS has 19-inch anthracite alloy wheels, a three-spoke sport steering wheel, full matrix LED headlights, and high-functionality LED rear lights.  

Power and Performance

There's plenty of choice under the bonnet for the Octavia. You can choose between three petrol engines, two diesel engines, and two mild hybrids. Most engines come with front-wheel drive, but four-wheel drive is available. 

For the petrol engines, power outputs range from 110hp to 245hp. The entry-level 1.0-litre unit is probably worth avoiding if you plan on having a full car most of the time, so we'd recommend the mid-range 1.5-litre 150hp version. 

Achieving 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds and coming with a fuel economy of around 50mpg, it's a quick and efficient engine that's perfect around town and at cruising speeds. If you want more power, you can go for the 2.0-litre unit that has 245hp and shoots from 0-62mph in just 6.6 seconds, however, at the expense of fuel economy. 

Two 2.0-litre diesel engines are available, ranging from 150hp to 200hp. The entry-level unit is our pick of the two, pulling well from low revs and dealing with a full car easily. You'll also get a fuel economy above 60mpg. 

Lastly, there are two mild hybrid versions: the 1.0-litre TSI e-TEC and the 1.5-litre TSI e-TEC. Using a small electric motor to help the engine, they slightly increase fuel economy compared to the original petrol versions. 

Skoda Octavia interior

Get on the road, and you'll find the Octavia is quiet, comfortable, and capable at low and high speeds. Around town, the Octavia has light handling and a tight turning circle, making navigating tight roads and car parks easy. You'll also find that the suspension deals with bumps in the road well, and you shouldn't notice potholes all too much. 

Increase to motorway speeds, and the Octavia is one of the best in its class. Although not as silent as the Volkswagen Golf, the Octavia is calm and composed at 70mph, and you'll also get a good fuel economy of above 50mpg (for most units). 

On a country road, the best Octavia to drive is the vRS version, which is more agile and fun than the original version. You get a range of driving modes, such as Sport and Individual, which make it that bit more interactive. For the rest of the range, country road driving can be a bit lacklustre and isn't as fun as the Ford Focus or Volkswagen Golf

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Skoda Octavia start from £25,090.00 OTR* or to lease from £284.69 per month.

Looking to get behind the wheel of the Skoda Octavia? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts is one of the UK's largest car leasing brokers and offers a range of leasing deals to suit your every need.

Leasing may be cheaper than an outright purchase, thanks to a low initial deposit and fixed monthly rentals.

*' On the road' price correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change; always check with your nearest retailer.  

Customer Reviews

Skoda Octavia
Average Rating Based on 28 reviews
4.7 out of 5

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4.6 out of 5
William Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI SE Technology

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5.0 out of 5
Elizabeth Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI e-TEC SE Technology DSG

Fantastic car. I thought the hybrid would be a bit gimmicky but it works seamlessly. Infotainment system reboots randomly at times but that’s the only issue I’ve had.

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5.0 out of 5
Steven Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI SE L

Surprisingly efficient without losing the ability to accelerate when needed

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4.1 out of 5
Rachel Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI SE L

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5.0 out of 5
Dion Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI SE L

Makes an ideal family car with plenty of room and performance while looking stylish. Would prefer if lane keep assist could be switched off permanently instead of having to do it manually every time engine started but more worryingly is adaptive cruise control can be dangerous if you are continuing on motorway while a car is braking on the off slip as my car more than once has reacted to the car that is slowing down on the off slip by braking hard, I now know to watch out for that and tend not to use that feature much now.

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3.3 out of 5
Glenn Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI SE Technology

Vehicle technology too intrusive in day to day driving, poor instrumentation especially on heating and ventilation

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4.6 out of 5
Stephen Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI SE Technology

Decent car and mileage for the money! It’s does what I need it to do! However Nationwide leasing don’t want to assist if problems occur so should be stated that you are only a broker not a lease company with vehicles. This disappointed me when I required assistance

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4.7 out of 5
Gerald Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI SE Drive

Remarkably good for a 1litre engine, unrivalled for space and quiet to drive. It beats the vauxhall astra that l previously leased.

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4.4 out of 5
Malcolm Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI SE Drive

Size, infotainment, design - all excellent. I would definitely lease a Skoda Octavia again.

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4.6 out of 5
Andrew Skoda Octavia 1.0 TSI SE Drive

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4.6 out of 5
Steven Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI SE L

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4.9 out of 5
Bryan Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI SE Drive

Great car, great value for money, loads of room inside cabin and boot

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4.0 out of 5
Steve Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI SE L DSG *Incl. Metallic Paint*

Comfortable, reliable with plenty of internal space and boot space and quite economical

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5.0 out of 5
Martin Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI SE Technology

Overall it's just a great car - it's roomy, relatively quick when needed and I love the touch screen menu

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4.4 out of 5
John Skoda Octavia 2.0 TSI 245 vRS Challenge DSG

Excellent build quality, basically a golf GTI with a big boot and loads of space. All the technology you want . The only downside I would say is the low profile tires on 19" rims are terrible for pot holes.

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