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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

£25,945 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 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit is a strong contender, delivering a claimed maximum of 54.9mpg with CO2 emissions from 116g/km, while the e-TEC mild-hybrid version manages an even better economy figure of 56.1mpg and 114g/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 51.8mpg, or up to 52.6mpg in e-TEC form. When we ran an 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 121g/km.

For those who cover higher mileages, the 148bhp diesel manages up to 64.9mpg and 114g/km of CO2. The 114bhp version is no longer available to order, but a used example will return 68.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of just 109g/km. 

The plug-in hybrid Octavia iV, although not available to order at the time of writing, is the eco hero, with the 201bhp version managing 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 purely-petrol and diesel vRS variants should be reasonably economical too, with the 2.0-litre TDI able to return up to 56.8mpg, although there’s a 5mpg penalty for choosing the 4x4 version. Meanwhile, Skoda says the petrol vRS will achieve 40.8mpg.

Insurance groups

Insurance premiums for the Octavia should be pretty reasonable, with the 1.0 TSI model in SE trim sitting in group 12. Insurance ratings for the e-TEC mild-hybrid versions ranges from groups 13 to 18, while top-spec models land in group 19. The more powerful vRS and Octavia iV plug-in hybrid versions will incur steepest insurance costs.

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The Octavia should hold onto a decent amount of its value over three years and 36,000 miles of ownership. An SE or SE Technology model is expected to retain around 51 per cent of its original list price come resale time; while vRS versions are a slightly stronger bet at 53 per cent. 

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