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Skoda Octavia review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The Octavia range includes petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines, offering great efficiency and low running costs

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, while the e-TEC mild-hybrid version manages an even better economy figure of 56.5mpg and 115g/km of CO2.

Moving up to the 1.5 TSI engine doesn’t affect economy too much, with the 148bhp powerplant still capable of an impressive 53.3mpg in e-TEC form. However, the CO2 emissions take a slight climb to 121g/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 68.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 109g/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 64.2mpg and 115g/km of CO2.

The plug-in hybrid is the eco hero, with the 201bhp version managing to up 282.5mpg, if you remember to plug it in overnight. Even the 242bhp version in the vRS can achieve up to 256.6mpg. Fully charged, an Octavia plug-in hybrid could achieve up to 34 miles of electric range.

All variants of the vRS should be reasonably economical, but you don’t necessarily need to opt for the plug-in hybrid. The 2.0-litre TDI should achieve up to 56.5mpg, although there’s a 5mpg penalty for choosing the 4x4 version. The 2.0-litre TSI offers an official 40.9mpg.

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.

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