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Skoda Octavia review - Engines, performance and drive

The Octavia’s comprehensive engine line-up will include petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid versions.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Engines, performance and drive Rating

4.2 out of 5

Price
£18,870 to £34,980
  • Huge boot
  • Refined diesel
  • Improved infotainment
  • Pricier than previous model
  • Rivals more fun to drive
  • Jittery ride on bigger wheels

Being able to use tried and tested engines from the VW Group stable has helped the Octavia maintain its position as a dependable performer, with a focus on comfort rather than being the most dynamic car to drive.

The steering is light, but not not so much that you aren’t able to feel a level of precision to your inputs. Skoda has focused a touch more in this area, as the Octavia now features Dynamic Chassis Control, which allows the driver to adjust the damping and steering settings via the individual on-board drive modes.

Skoda has also paid attention to levels of refinement for the Octavia, with improvements in sound-deadening meaning less noise and vibration is felt through the cabin compared to the previous model.

Petrol power comes from 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre TSI units, with 109bhp and 148bhp respectively. There’s also a 2.0 TDI diesel engine with either 114bhp or 148bhp, although the extra available torque means both offer decent performance.

Skoda will introduce more powerful versions over time, with the 242bhp vRS model and Octavia iV plug-in hybrid among the highlights.

Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed

The 1.0-litre TSI engine produces 109bhp and 200Nm of torque, resulting in a sprint from 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds and a maximum speed of 129mph. The 1.5 TSI brings 148bhp and an extra 50Nm of torque. The 0-62mph time tumbles to 8.2 seconds, while top speed is 142mph.

Those seeking a diesel option can go for the 2.0-litre TDI unit, which is available as a 114bhp/300Nm version, or a more powerful 148bhp/360Nm variant. Respective 0-62mph times of 10.3 and 8.7 seconds means there’s more than enough pace for most tastes.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI SE Technology 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £18,870

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.4 TSI iV SE Technology DSG 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £30,535

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 TSI 245 vRS 5dr DSG [Black Pack]
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £27,890

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