Skoda Octavia Combi

4/5
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Verdict

The Skoda Octavia is a hugely popular machine and it can be seen at taxi ranks all around the country. This is generally a good sign. The Octavia gets better looking with every update and over the years the Czech manufacturer has worked hard to offer the Octavia in as many guises as possible. They’re certainly working hard to keep it interesting and it can be found as a Combi, a four-wheel drive Scout and with plenty of horses under the hood as an RS.

Performance

Once again Skoda impresses with a massive engine line-up. In terms of diesel there are many variants of 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI engines. The 1.6 litre TDI engines offer maximum speeds of between 186 km/h and 194 km/h. The quickest one of these engines will bring you from 0-100 km/h is in 10.6 seconds. The 2.0 litre TDI will achieve the same distance in a quicker 8.5 seconds.

The petrol offerings come through variants of a 1.2 TSI, a 1.4 TSI and a 1.8 TSI. The 1.2 litre TSI petrol engines can reach up to 196 km/h and the best 0-100 km/h timing that this engine offers is 10.3 seconds. The 1.4 TSI engine can travel the same distance in 8.4 seconds whereas the quickest the 1.8 TSI engine will cover that distance in is 7.3 seconds.

For those of you who like a bit more power, you can look at the Octavia RS. The 2.0 litre TSI engine available in this packs a healthy 217 bhp and has a maximum speed of 248 km/h. According to Skoda this engine will bring you from 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds.

Ride & Handling

The Octavia offers a comfortable ride. It can be bumpier than the Focus and the Golf but only marginally. The body of the Octavia is well-controlled on corners and the car grips well and feels close to the road.

Refinement

The TSI petrol engines are very muted and even the typically louder diesel engines are more hushed than you would expect. The Octavia is a well-padded vehicle and road and wind noise are there but unobtrusive.

Quality & Reliability

The interior of the Octavia is brilliantly presented. The plastics don’t feel cheap and the infotainment system is extremely easy to navigate. The steering wheel is easily adjusted, as is the driver’s seat.

Safety & Security

In 2013 the Octavia received a full five stars in the Euro NCAP tests. For adult occupancy it scored 93% and for child occupancy it received 86%. The Octavia can offer as many as nine internal airbags. The car is also available with Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights. These lights also feature “dynamic angle control” which focuses the lights on the side of the road as a car is turning. This type of assistance system is common enough, but it is a nice touch and it’s very easy to get used to.

Space & Practicality

Once again Skoda excels in this department. The Octavia offers mountains of space. Space to the front and rear is ample. The boot is very big too.

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Key Facts

New Price
€19,995
Make

Skoda

Model
Octavia Combi
Variant
Active 1.2 TSI 86bhp
Year
2013
Engine (L)
1.2
Transmission
Manual
Engine & Transmission
5 Speed
Fuel type
Petrol
Body Type
Estate

Running Costs

Tax
€200
Tax Band
A4
Average L/100km
4.8
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
50
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1042
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
119
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Front
Break Horsepower
86
Top Speed
178 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
12.2
Cylinders
4
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
50
Aspiration
Turbo

Space & Practicality

Doors
5
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
610
Tyre Size Front
195/65 R15
Tyre Size Back
195/65 R15

Safety

Isofix
Yes
Euro NCAP Star Rating
5