Skoda Octavia review - Engines, performance and drive
The Octavia’s comprehensive engine line-up will include petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid versions.
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.
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.
In this review
- 1Skoda Octavia review The latest Skoda Octavia cranks up the quality, but it’s just as practical and family-friendly as ever.
- 2Engines, performance and drive - currently readingThe Octavia’s comprehensive engine line-up will include petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid versions.
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsThe Octavia’s petrol and diesel engines offer great efficiency, while overall running costs should remain low.
- 4Interior, design and technologyWith a sharp exterior design and improved on-board tech, the Octavia looks and feels a lot more upmarket.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Octavia provides excellent family transport, with a comfortable ride, huge boot space and clever practical touches.
- 6Reliability and safetySkoda has delivered improved levels of standard safety kit for the Octavia, while it should retain its excellent reliability record.