Skoda Octavia

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How much does the Skoda Octavia cost to run?

The 1.6L diesel is the most economical Skoda Octavia to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency. Compared to the competition in the Small Family segment, it’s the car that’s going to have the most negative impact on your monthly budget.

The Skoda Octavia 1.6L diesel is free to tax, as it sits in tax band A.

It does just over 88 MPG on average, which means it will cost £7.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Peugeot 308 1.6L diesel and the more thirsty Citroen C4 1.6L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 15, which is lower than the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.6L diesel, but higher than the Ford Focus 1.5L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Honda Civic has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.2L petrol1.4L petrol1.5L petrol1.6L diesel
mpg58.9 - 62.847.9 - 57.740.4 - 58.955.4 - 57.752.3 - 88.3
emissions104 - 110113 - 136112 - 167113 - 11685 - 143
tax£20.00£145.00 - £30.00£235.00 - £30.00£30.00£0.00 - £160.00
insuranceGroup 12 - 14Group 13 - 14Group 7 - 20Group 17 - 20Group 13 - 19

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Skoda Octavia: How big is the boot?

The Skoda Octavia estate has a bigger boot than the hatchback (it can hold 602 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This allows the estate to take one pushchair and 4 large bags or 5 large bags. While the hatchback takes just 4 large bags.

Worth knowing, the Peugeot 308 estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 5 large bags with its 810 litres.

Is the Skoda Octavia easy to park?

The Skoda Octavia is very middle of the road - it fills three quarters of a space. There are lots of wider cars, but just as many that are narrower and feel easier to park.

For parallel parking, the Octavia is the worst in its class. It has a turning circle of 10m, and a length of 4631 metres, giving you a tiny 169mm gap to swing the car in and out.

If you don’t have a drive, you should look at the best in class for parallel parking, the Suzuki Baleno.

Which Skoda Octavia has the best performance?

The fastest Skoda Octavia from 0-60, is the 2.0L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 370 lbs/ft torque and 245 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 6.6 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Ford Focus 2.0L petrol, which will beat your Skoda Octavia to 60 by 0.1 seconds. That’s a big gap in Formula 1, but not something you would notice in your commute to work.

Engine options

model1.0L petrol1.2L petrol1.4L petrol1.5L petrol1.6L diesel
zeroTo629.9 - 10.210.2 - 10.98.1 - 14.48.2 - 8.410.1 - 12.7
torque200175132 - 250250250
bhp115105 - 11080 - 150150105 - 115

What size caravan or trailer, can the Skoda Octavia tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Skoda Octavia 2.0L diesel which has 380 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 2000kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.