Skoda Octavia information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about this solid family car. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Octavia car range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.
Lots to like here. The latest Octavia is built on the same platform as the current-gen Golf and A3, so it’s light, decent to drive and refined with a well-designed interior. The standard five-door hatchback is incredibly roomy and the estate version more cavernous still. There’s a hot vRS version for speed freaks, a fuel-sipping Greenline model for penny pinchers and company car lists, and a jacked-up 4x4 Scout variant. For more information on the Skoda Octavia, click on our further stories on the links below.
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A great package, this. Epically roomy with a grown-up feel, and decent enough to drive, jiggly ride on some models aside. The vRS is available with a rev-hungry 2.0-litre petrol engine borrowed from the Golf GTI or a punchy but economical diesel. In many ways the latter’s the better buy. Arguably the star of the range is the estate. It may be billed as a mid-sized car but it’s as roomy as many next-level-up rivals. There’s a great range of engines across the range, even if some of the diesels are a tad noisy.
The one we’d buy
If you’re happy to budget for it, the 4x4 Estate. Multi-link rear suspension gives it a better ride quality than 2wd versions, the 2.0-litre diesel engine is brawny and it’s unlikely to get stuck anywhere.
The one we’d avoid like the plague
Unless you’re a company car driver, the Greenline. It’s a bit strangled
Rivals to consider
Ford Focus, VW Golf
Hugely roomy, well built, strong residuals
Firm ride on some models (especially the vRS), noisy diesels