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Skoda Octavia review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Octavia’s petrol and diesel engines offer great efficiency, while overall running costs should remain low.

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

MPG, CO2 and running costs Rating

4.2 out of 5

Price
£18,870 to £28,670
  • Huge boot
  • Refined diesel
  • Improved infotainment
  • Pricier than previous model
  • Rivals more fun to drive
  • Jittery ride on bigger wheels

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 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit is a strong contender, delivering a claimed maximum of 54.3mpg with CO2 emissions from 117g/km. Moving up to the 1.5 TSI engine doesn’t affect economy too much, with the 148bhp powerplant still capable of an impressive 50.4mpg. However, the CO2 emissions take a slight climb to 127g/km.

For those who cover higher mileages, the 2.0-litre diesel with 114bhp could well be the answer. The oil-burner returns a maximum 65.7mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 113g/km. Again, moving up to the more powerful 148bhp DSG auto version won’t mean more time spent at the fuel station - it still manages up to 61.4mpg and 119g/km of CO2.

Another interesting option will be the Octavia iV plug-in hybrid, which combines a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor to produce 201bhp and 350Nm of torque. Skoda claims the hybrid is capable of around 34 miles on electric drive alone, although no fuel economy figures are currently available.

Insurance groups

Insurance premiums for the Octavia should be pretty reasonable, with the 1.0 TSI in SE First Edition trim sitting in group 12. The 1.5 TSI version with the same equipment level is in group 18. Top-spec models are in group 19, but the more powerful vRS and Octavia iV plug-in hybrid versions will incur steeper insurance costs.

Depreciation

The Octavia should hold onto a decent amount of its value over 3 years and 36,000 miles of ownership. Typically, you should expect to retain between 38-45 per cent of the original list price come resale time, although values will soften as time goes on. Mid-range trim levels tend to be a wiser choice, while the estate holds onto more of its value when compared to the hatchback.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

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

Most Economical

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

Fastest

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

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