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Skoda Octavia - MPG, CO2 and running costs

Strong petrol and diesel engines are at the core of the Octavia range, offering impressive real-world economy

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and running costs Rating

4.2 out of 5

Price
£26,775 to £36,495
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One of the biggest draws to Skoda ownership is the relatively low running costs and the knowledge that the engines on offer are some of the best in the business. The Octavia doesn’t disappoint. 

The entry-level 1.5-litre TSI petrol unit is a strong contender, delivering a claimed maximum of 54.3mpg with CO2 emissions from 118g/km, while the e-TEC mild-hybrid version manages an even better economy figure of 57.5mpg and 112g/km of CO2.

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The 148bhp version is still capable of 53.3mpg, or up to 57.5mpg in e-TEC form. When we ran a pre-facelift Octavia 1.5-litre TSI in SE L trim as a long-term test car, we averaged 47mpg exactly after covering nearly 8,000 miles, which is very impressive considering the lack of hybrid technology on our model. However, the CO2 emissions for the 1.5-litre petrol motor climb slightly to 120g/km.

For those who cover higher mileages, a diesel will be a top choice. The 114bhp model returns 66.2mpg in manual form - it’s not available with a DSG box. The 148bhp version is DSG only and returns 63.4mpg, while emissions for these two motors are 112 and 117g/km respectively in SE Tech trim.  

Although not available to order at the time of writing, the plug-in hybrid Octavia iV is the eco hero. The 201bhp version manages a claimed 288.1mpg if you remember to plug it in overnight. Even the 242bhp version in vRS-spec can achieve up to 233.4mpg, and, fully charged, it should achieve up to 28 miles of all-electric range.

The next vRS model hasn’t arrived yet, but expect decent fuel economy, if not as impressive as the normal petrol and diesel models above.

Insurance groups

Insurance premiums for the Skoda Octavia should be pretty reasonable, as the range spans from group 14 to 22 at the time of writing. These are pretty low groups for a family car, with the most powerful diesel estate being the most expensive to insure. Expect the sporty and powerful vRS model to attract higher premiums when it’s available, though.

Depreciation

The Skoda Octavia should hold onto between 39 - 47 per cent of its value over three years and 36,000 miles of ownership. The best-performing version is the least expensive 1.5 TSI SE Technology, and the worst is the 114bhp 2.0 TDI SE L.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5 TSI SE Technology 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £26,775

Most Economical

  • Name
    2.0 TDI SE Technology 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £29,320

Fastest

  • Name
    2.0 TDI 150 SE Technology 5dr DSG
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £31,720
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As our news reporter, Ellis is responsible for covering everything new and exciting in the motoring world, from quirky quadricycles to luxury MPVs. He was previously the content editor for DrivingElectric and won the Newspress Automotive Journalist Rising Star award in 2022.

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