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Skoda Octavia

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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.

Based on the initial UK reviews that have been published to date, the Skoda Octavia holds an Expert Rating of 75% on The Car Expert’s unique Expert Rating index (as of August 2021). That’s three points less than its critically-acclaimed predecessor, but one point higher than the Volkswagen Golf on which the Octavia is based. This score has dropped a few points since the Octavia was launched, which is not unusual.

The 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.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door liftback and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £22,390 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 rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2019

92%

ADULT OCCUPANT

88%

CHILD OCCUPANT

73%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

79%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


The Skoda Octavia 2.0-litre diesel manual estate received a 3.5 star rating from Green NCAP in February 2021. We are currently updating our Euro NCAP database, as the organisation changed its rating system and we need to change our database accordingly to be able to display the new scores.

Green NCAP said: “The Škoda Octavia 2.0TDI 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).

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Skoda Octavia has received

2021

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

2020

  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Family Car + Best Estate Car
  • 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
  • DieselCar & EcoCar Top 50 – Best Medium Car + Best Medium Estate Car

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