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Skoda Octavia Review



  • Great value for money
  • Excellent interior space
  • Brilliant all-rounder


Arval’s pick of the range: Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI SE-L manual estate


Skoda Octavia - Overview

The Skoda Octavia is a big car in the lower medium sector. Its unique selling point is that it offers more for the same money. That means more equipment, more space and more capability. Available as either a hatchback, estate or more rugged 4x4 Scout based on the estate, the Octavia has a loyal following of drivers who covet value, quality and space. There’s also a quick vRS version available.


What is the Skoda Octavia like to drive?

The Skoda Octavia offers a very comfortable ride on motorway runs, around town and even on more broken road surfaces. There is little by way of body-roll when cornering and even the higher-riding 4x4 Scout versions have impressive body control. Refinement from the petrol engine range is superb with very little noise intruding into the cabin, with the diesel units only slightly noisier.

What engines and gearboxes are available?

Petrol engines:

  • 1.0 TSI 115hp, 108-110g/km CO2 (22-23% BIK), 58.9mpg
  • 1.4 TFSI 150hp, 114-124g/km CO2 (23-25% BIK), 53.3-57.7mpg
  • 2.0 TFSI 230hp, 149g/km CO2 (30% BIK), 42.8-43.5mpg

Diesel engines:

  • 1.6 TDI 115hp, 103-109g/km CO2 (24-25% BIK), 68.9-72.4mpg
  • 2.0 TDI 150hp, 113-130g/km CO2 (26-30% BIK), 56.5-65.7mpg
  • 2.0 TDI 184hp, 119-134g/km CO2 (27-30% BIK), 55.4-62.8mpg


  • 5 & 6-speed manuals
  • 7-speed DSG automatic

Need more information on BIK (benefit in kind) and CO2? Then why not try our calculator to help you work out your running costs.


Skoda Octavia trim levels explained

The Skoda Octavia trim levels rise logically with great standard equipment from the start. Key items of standard kit on of the Skoda Octavia are:


  • 16” alloys
  • LED day running lights
  • Powered & heated door mirrors
  • 6.5” touchscreen
  • DAB radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Smartlink connectivity
  • USB & aux sockets
  • Air conditioning


SE (in addition to S)

  • Front fog lights
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Voice control
  • Trip computer
  • Cruise control
  • Climate control
  • Drive mode select
  • Rear parking sensors


SE-L (in addition to SE)

  • 17” alloys
  • Intelligent headlights
  • Privacy glass
  • Alcantara and leather upholstery
  • 8” screen with sat nav
  • Power-fold door mirrors
  • Umbrella under passenger seat


Laurin & Klement (in addition to SE-L)

  • 18” alloys
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless entry
  • Upgraded sound system
  • Reversing camera
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Powered memory front seats
  • Park assist

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How to spec the Skoda Octavia

Given that one of the primary reasons for choosing an Octavia is the amount of space inside, we think the estate makes the most of these factors thanks to a boot that’s 610 litres – a volume usually found in the sector above. After that, choosing the 1.6 diesel is the most sensible way forward because it’s easily powerful enough for everyday needs. Even if you’re using all that space the engine is still strong enough to keep pace on motorway inclines. It’s also amazingly fuel efficient too.

The SE-L trim level gives all the essentials and a few luxuries at a great price. Standard kit includes not only items such as alloys, cruise control and climate control, but also sat nav, leather and privacy glass.


Skoda Octavia interior – what’s it like?

Both the estate and the hatch have plenty of room for four or even five adults in the cabin. Rear legroom is impressive, even when there’s taller people up front. As mentioned, the estate boot is large, but the hatch is sizable too, with 590 litres available.

Anyone familiar with any Volkswagen Group mainstream vehicle interior from the past few years will recognise, and feel at home with, the layout and functionality of the controls. In practice that means an uncomplicated, no-nonsense design that’s simple and quick to understand.

The dashboard and rest of the cabin in the Skoda Octavia is also well constructed with high quality materials.



Skoda Octavia alternatives

Other models for consideration include the ​​​​​Ford Focus, Seat Leon, VW Golf, Citroen C4, Peugeot 308, Vauxhall Astra, Toyota Auris, Hyundai i30, Kia C’eed.



On paper the Skoda Octavia looks impressive, but when you get in and use the car then it becomes truly desirable for anyone who does higher mileage and has need of efficient carrying capability.


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