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Skoda Octavia

(2020 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

77
%
A

Used car score:

79
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

82
%
A

Eco Rating:

76
%
A

Reliability Rating:

87
%
B

Running Costs:

70
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

77
%
A

Used car score:

79
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

75
%
B

Safety Rating:

82
%
A

Eco Rating:

76
%
A

Reliability Rating:

87
%
B

Running Costs:

70
%
B

Summary


The Skoda Octavia is a medium-sized family car, available as either a five-door liftback or an estate. It it sits above the smaller Scala and below the larger Superb in the Skoda family.

The current model is the fourth-generation Octavia, which arrived in the UK in summer 2020. The conventional petrol and diesel engines will be joined by a plug-in hybrid model before the end of 2020. The range-topping Octavia vRS performance models will also join the rest of the range before the end of the year.

As of January 2024, the Skoda Octavia holds an Expert Rating of A, with a score of 77%. That’s a fairly impressive score, and the highest for any petrol-powered Skoda in our Expert Rating Index.

The Skoda Octavia has received praise for its spacious cabin, practicality and value for money, which all build on the strengths of previous-generation models. However, its infotainment system has drawn criticism, while the front-end styling with its enormous BMW-style grille has also seen mixed reviews.

Octavia highlights

  • Class-leading legroom
  • Practical and refined interior
  • Value for money package
  • Leisurely driving experience
  • Low running costs

Octavia lowlights

  • Confusing infotainment
  • Polarising front-end aesthetic
  • So-so engine performance and handling

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door liftback and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £23,650 on-road

Launched: Summer 2020
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 86%
Child protection: 84%
Vulnerable road users: 68%
Safety assist: 81%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: Octavia Combi 2.0 TDI Diesel 4X2 Manual

Overall score: 3.5 stars
Date tested: February 2021
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 6.7 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 7.7 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 4.6 / 10

The Skoda Octavia 2.0-litre diesel manual estate received a 3.5 star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021.

Green NCAP said: “The Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI demonstrates what can be achieved from a modern diesel equipped with the latest exhaust after-treatment technology. The car scores highly in all three areas of assessment: 6.7/10 for Clean Air, 7.7/10 for Energy Efficiency and 4.6/10 for Greenhouse Gases.

“This leads to a rating of 3½ stars, a remarkable achievement for a combustion-engined car with no electrification to assist its efficiency.”

This rating only applies to the 2.0-litre diesel manual estate version of the Octavia, and does not imply similar ratings for other engine and gearbox combinations in the range (although there will be no significant difference between estate and hatchback body styles).

Reliability rating

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All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Skoda Octavia has a better-than-average reliability rating of 79%, according to data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partner, MotorEasy. This score covers both the current model and previous (pre-2020) generations.

The average repair cost of just over £560 is fairly average, although obviously still more than the cost of a used car warranty so that’s worth bearing in mind. The most expensive individual item is the gearbox, which has an average repair cost of almost £1,700 in cars repaired to date.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models42 mpgD34 – 44 mpgC – D
Diesel models54 mpgB43 – 61 mpgA – C
Plug-in hybrid models186 mpgA157 – 202 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models155 g/kmB145 – 191 g/kmB – C
Diesel models136 g/kmB119 – 172 g/kmA – C
Plug-in hybrid models33 g/kmA30 – 40 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models34 milesE30 – 37 milesD – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models33C24 – 42B – D
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£236B
Year 2£539B
Year 3£932B
Year 4£1,203B
Year 5£1,611B
Overall£4,521B

The Skoda Octavia is a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

The fuel consumption of pure-petrol models is a bit lower than the market average, with diesel variants being a much more economical choice. The plug-in hybrid models look amazing on paper, but this is largely thanks to ridiculous EU/UK government lab tests that are completely inadequate for plug-in hybrids. It is unlikely that you will ever travel for 186 miles on a single gallon (4.5 litres) of fuel and some electricity…

While insurance premiums follow the market average, service and maintenance costs over the course of five years of ownership are predicted to be on the cheaper side when compared to other mid-sized saloons and estates.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Skoda Octavia has received

2023

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Estate Car
  • UK News Motoring Awards – Best Dog-Friendly Car (estate)

2022

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Estate Car
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Lower Medium Car
  • Fleet News Awards – Best Lower Medium Fleet Car
  • News UK Motor Awards – Best Used Car
  • What Car? Awards – Best Family Car for Practicality
  • What Car? Electric Awards – Best Hybrid Estate Car

2021

  • UK Car of the Year Awards – Best Family + Best Estate
  • Auto Express Awards – Best Family Car + Best Estate Car
  • Business Car Awards – Best Family Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Estate Car + Best Used Estate Car
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Medium Car + Best Medium Estate Car
  • Fleet World Awards – Best Lower Medium Fleet Car
  • Scottish Car of the Year Awards – Best Family Hatchback + Best Estate Car + Best Plug-in Hybrid
  • What Car? Awards – Best Plug-In Hybrid (Octavia iV estate)
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Hybrid Estate

2020

  • Auto Express Awards – Car of the Year + Best Compact Family Car + Best Estate Car
  • Autocar Britain’s Best Car Awards – Best Family Car (Octavia estate)
  • Business Car Awards – Best Lower-Medium Car
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Family Car + Best Estate Car
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Medium Car + Best Medium Estate Car

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