Skoda Octavia review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Octavia provides excellent family transport, with a comfortable ride, huge boot space and clever practical touches.
In addition to the Octavia’s cavernous interior space, Skoda offers its ‘Simply Clever’ practical features which help ease the regular day-to-day issues motorists have to face. Little details such as an ice scraper located in the fuel filler cap, a ticket holder on the driver’s side A-pillar, an umbrella stored in the driver’s door and a handy AdBlue nozzle for diesel-powered cars, all make life just that bit easier.
There’s plenty of storage in the cabin, with the individual door bins capable of holding a 1.5-litre drinks bottle and the front central ‘jumbo box’ also available for keeping assorted items.
There’s a total of five USB-C ports in the Octavia - two positioned in the centre console, two in the rear and a final charging port located in the rear-view mirror, for those who want to top-up their dash camera battery.
The fourth-generation Octavia leaves a larger footprint than the previous model, with the hatchback being 19mm longer and the estate growing 22mm in length. Both cars are 15mm wider, too.
Overall dimensions for the Octavia hatch are 4,689mm (length), 1,829mm (width, excluding mirrors) and 1,470mm (height). In comparison, the Volkswagen Golf is noticeably smaller at 4,396mm long and 1,789mm wide (excluding mirrors), although it stands a touch taller at 1,491mm.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
Interior space is superb and the driver and front passenger won’t be left wanting for any extra room, while rear-seat passengers are equally well-catered for with impressive levels of knee, leg and headroom on offer.
The Octavia’s boot is a thing of wonder, competing with cars from the class above and offering huge practicality. Overall capacity has risen by 10 litres to 600 litres, which is a considerable 220 litres more than you’ll find in the Golf. If you fold the rear seats there’s a 1,555-litre load bay with a useful flat floor, which helps when loading awkward items.
The Octavia’s practical appeal continues with its decent towing capability. The entry-level 1.0 TSI is rated at 1,300kg in terms of braked trailer towing capacity, while the more powerful versions have a maximum towing weight of 1,500kg to 1,600kg.
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 driveThe 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 space - currently readingThe 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.