Skoda has flourished in recent years thanks to a combination of affordable prices and access to VW/Audi’s parts bin. The Octavia is a great example of just how successful the partnership has been, bringing a quality of finish previously reserved for premium models to a whole new audience.
It’s hard not to like the Octavia given that it goes about its business in a thoroughly honest way. Whilst it isn’t the sharpest in the class, it is surefooted and there is some fun to be had. This is blended well with good ride quality and decent levels of refinement to make a strong all-rounder.
VW has finally given up on its PD (Pumpe-Düse) diesel engines and adopted the industry-standard common rail (CR) arrangement, which is good news. The Octavia benefits from a modern 1.6 litre unit producing 104 bhp which is more powerful and more refined than the previous PD engines.
Skoda has managed to push the Octavia under 100 g/km thanks to a suite of measures common to GreenLine II models. In addition to the inherently efficient engine, the Octavia benefits from lowered suspension which improves aerodynamics, energy recuperation, low rolling resistance tyres, and engine stop/start.
The Octavia is a great all-rounder and it punches above its weight in key areas. There is lots of room inside and it has hatchback practicality, whilst the ‘fastback’ styling provides added boot space. In Greenline spec the fuel economy is excellent and in keeping with the rest of the range, build quality is first-class.