Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia GreenLine front action
Credits: Pete Gibson
14 Jul, 2015 9:00am

The Skoda Octavia is a family hatchback based on the Volkswagen Golf and SEAT Leon. It's brilliantly packaged and offers more bootspace than both, as well as a hugely practical interior and enough room for five. 

In fact, it's one of the biggest cars in its class, coming close to models such as the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat from the class above. It's available as either a five door hatchback or more practical estate, though both offer plenty of space and identical levels of standard equipment. 

While it might not offer the same exceptional value as Skodas of old, all current-generation Octavia models boast alloy wheels, automatic post-collision braking and DAB radio. Mid-range SE models are better still, while top-spec Elegance and L&K versions can rival sister company Audi for luxury.

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If this is the best Volvo I would hate to drive the worst. I took this out for a test drive and it is the worst new car I have driven in recent years. Comfy seats felt like the webbing had been cut after ten min. The ride gave me a headache and my passenger felt sick it was so choppy. Hand brake by the passengers knee, ok if you want to start something! Gutless engine, not gatso on the sat nav, what more can I say? I really had this down as my first Volvo, not anymore.