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Skoda Octavia

(2013 - present)

The Skoda Octavia is a medium-sized family car, available as either a five-door liftback or an estate. It is slightly bigger than the Skoda Scala – especially in the back seat and boot – but smaller than the Skoda Superb.

The current model was launched in early 2013 and facelifted in early 2017. It’s now in the last stages of its life, with a replacement model expected to go on sale in 2020. The range includes the high-performance vRS models and the more off-road-looking Octavia Scout (available only as an estate).

The Skoda Octavia has received unanimously positive reviews from the UK motoring media, and has received numerous awards over the last six years. Although the Octavia’s size places it somewhat between smaller VW Golf/Ford Focus rivals and larger VW Passat/Ford Mondeo rivals, its overall Expert rating according to the 18 titles we currently track is the best of either class.

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Body style: Five-door liftback and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £18,610 on-road

Launched: Spring 2013
Last updated: Spring 2017
Replacement due: 2020

  • Skoda Octavia (2017) interior and dashboard | The Car Expert
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback (2017) - front view | The Car Expert
  • Skoda Octavia hatchback (2017) - rear view | The Car Expert
  • Skoda Octavia Scout (2017) new car ratings and reviews | The Car Expert

MEDIA REVIEWS

Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media

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Auto Express

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Skoda Octavia 5

Company Car Today

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Evo

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Skoda Octavia 7

Green Car Guide

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Skoda Octavia 8

Honest John

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Skoda Octavia 9

Parkers

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Skoda Octavia 10

The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Skoda Octavia 12

Top Gear

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Skoda Octavia 13

What Car?

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Skoda Octavia 14

Which?

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: March 2013

Skoda Octavia 16

93%

ADULT OCCUPANT

Skoda Octavia 17

86%

CHILD OCCUPANT

Skoda Octavia 18

66%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

Skoda Octavia 19

66%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The Skoda Octavia has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Skoda Octavia has received

2019

  • J.D. Power Dependability Study – Most Dependable Compact Car
  • Tow Car Awards – Best car (up to 1,400kg)

2018

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Estate Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family Car
  • Auto Trader Awards – New Car of the Year
  • DieselCar and EcoCar Top 50 Awards – Best Medium Estate
  • J.D. Power Dependability Study – Most Dependable Compact Car
  • Tow Car Awards – Best car (up to 1,400kg)

2017

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Estate Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Small Estate + Best Family Car + Best Car for £300/month
  • Honest John Awards – Most Popular Estate
  • Green Apple Awards – Best Car + Best Larger Family Car
  • DieselCar Top 50 Awards – Best Medium Estate
  • Tow Car Awards – Best car (up to 1,400kg)

2016

  • Auto Express Driver Power ratings – Best Family Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family Car
  • Tow Car Awards – Best car (up to 1,400kg)

2015

  • Fleet News Awards – Best Estate
  • DieselCar Top 50 Awards – Best Medium Estate
  • Tow Car Awards – Best car (up to 1,400kg)

2014

  • What Car? Awards – Best Family Car
  • Tow Car Awards – Best car (up to 1,400kg)

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