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Skoda Octavia (2013 – 2019)

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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 model shown here is the third-generation Octavia, which was launched in early 2013 and facelifted in early 2017. It ceased production in 2019, with a new model going on sale in the UK in Summer 2020. The range included the high-performance vRS models and the more off-road-looking Octavia Scout (which was available only as an estate).

The Skoda Octavia received unanimously positive reviews from the UK motoring media, as well as numerous awards right throughout its seven years on sale. Although the Octavia’s size placed it somewhat between smaller VW Golf/Ford Focus rivals and larger VW Passat/Ford Mondeo rivals, its overall Expert Rating according to the 21 titles we currently track was the best of either class right up until the end of its model life.

In a 2020 What Car? survey of the 50 most reliable cars in the UK up to eight years old, the petrol-engined versions of the Skoda Octavia ranked equal 44th. The diesel models didn’t make the top 50. In its 2021 owners’ survey, What Car? rated the petrol-engined Octavia in an excellent third place on its list of the most reliable family cars.

Key specifications

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

Launched: Spring 2013
Last updated: Spring 2017
Replaced: 2020

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MEDIA REVIEWS

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

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Company Car Today

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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What Car?

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SAFETY RATING

Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: March 2013

93%

ADULT OCCUPANT

86%

CHILD OCCUPANT

66%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

66%

SAFETY ASSIST

ECO RATING

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 2.0-litre diesel automatic 2WD
Date tested: October 2019

6.7 / 10

CLEAN AIR INDEX

5.7 / 10

ENERGY EFFICIENCY INDEX

Note about the Green NCAP rating
Please note that the above rating only applies to the designated powertrain, which in this case is a Skoda Octavia 2.0-litre diesel automatic in 2WD.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the Skoda Octavia has received

2020

  • DieselCar & EcoCar Used Car Top 50 – Best Used Medium Car

2019

  • J.D. Power Dependability Study – Most Dependable Compact Car
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Medium Estate
  • 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 & EcoCar Top 50 – 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 – Best Medium Estate
  • Tow Car Awards – Best car (up to 1,400kg)

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

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