Skoda Octavia hatchback: 'bags of space - really great value'

Sep 5, 2013

What the motoring press is saying about the Skoda Octavia hatchback

Price: £15,990 - £23,240

Pros: More space inside than rivals, very economical engines, lots of equipment

Cons: Unexciting to look at, unexciting to drive, noisy diesel engines

4.9/5, Carbuyer "So how can the new Skoda Octavia take on the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, BMW 1 Series, and fellow Volkswagen Group family members the SEAT Leon and Audi A3? By taking a slightly unusual approach to most other small hatchbacks, that's how. The Octavia offers much more space inside than most of its rivals, and it's really great value as well, offering value-for-money prices with levels of standard equipment that are closer to the Hyundai i30 or Kia cee’d. It's also cheap to run because of its range of fuel-efficient engines equipped with fuel-saving features such as automatic stop-start for the engine when the car comes to a stop in heavy traffic. This approach has been so effective, in fact, that we named our 2013 CarBuyer Best Family Car award – great value, massively spacious and of genuinely high quality. What more can you ask of a family car?

4/5, Auto Express "The new Octavia will provide the VW Golf with a big challenge – it's a great car. It majors on value and space, with a stylish and well made interior. Ultimately, it's not quite as good as the Golf dynamically, but it's close and it's better value. It may lack the Golf's cache, but for an increasing number of Skoda buyers, that doesn’t (and shouldn’t) matter much at all."

5/5, What Car "Whichever way you look at it, the new Octavia is superb value for money. It's more expensive than the outgoing model, but gets better standard kit, lower CO2 emissions and, on average, is cheaper to insure. It might not be the most desirable car in the world, but it's quite possibly the most sensible."

5/5, MSN Cars "The new 2013 Skoda Octavia is going to make its buyers very happy. Though the pricing has gone up, we can't fault the value, and that good old cliché "a lot of car for the money" has never been so apt."

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