SKODA

SKODA OCTAVIA HATCHBACK 1.5 TSI SE Technology 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2127 g/km

SAFE AND SOUND

Skoda's fourth generation Octavia is an object lesson in the art of building a solid, reliable and classy family car. June Neary pays due respect

Will It Suit Me?

With its imposing front grille and boldly sculpted lines, the MK4 Octavia looks as if it's been milled from a solid rock. It just looks expensive, despite the crest on the bonnet nagging otherwise. Most would probably think it was a Volkswagen or an Audi and although rather closely related, these two marques will cost a good deal more than Skoda ask for the current Octavia. Only the most ignorant will still poke fun at Skoda's image. If they do, give them a ride around the block and watch them suffer at the all-you-can-eat humble pie buffet. Decently sized, the Octavia I tested - the 2.0 TDI 150 model - certainly looked more expensive than its list price and compared to most of its direct competitors looks a very tempting proposition. I think this car could definitely find a space in my garage.

Practicalities

Like all Octavia models so far produced, this one boasts a practical hatchback rather than the boot its stub-tailed lines may suggest. The first three generations of Octavia were renowned for possessing some of the biggest payloads in their class but this MK4 model has comprehensively trumped that, available capacity in the hatch now 600 litres with the rear seats in place. That grows to 640-litres in the alternative estate version. Kids and adults alike will find that passenger room is similarly generous - and that's important since the prodigious luggage space of older Octavias often required rear seat passengers to pay in kind. The length of today's hatch model has been teased out by another 19mm, endowing it with admirable rear legroom even when the front seats are occupied by long limbed adults. Rear headroom is better than the swooping roofline would suggest, helped in no small part by a slightly more generous seat back recline than in many such cars. The fascia feels much smarter than before. Enhancements to the switchgear, entertainment systems and trim send the cabin up in class a good few notches. There's ample room for five inside and there's even an estate version if you need more space. It really does seem more like the flagship Skoda Superb - albeit after a hot wash cycle - and feels a couple of classes removed from the next car down in the Skoda hierarchy, the Scala family hatch.

Behind the Wheel

There's no shortage of poke from the 2.0-litre TDI 150 engine. This engine is good for a maximum speed of 141mph and will return a combined WLTP fuel economy figure of over 61.4mpg. It's a good environmental citizen, emitting not much more than 120g of carbon dioxide per kilometre travelled (WLTP). A less powerful 115PS version of the 2.0 TDI unit is also offered. Petrol is mounting something of a fightback after a good few years of diesel dominance and engines like the Volkswagen Group TSI units are in the vanguard. Two of these units are available with this Octavia. First comes a 110PS 1.0-litre TSI, then there's the 1.5-litre TSI unit with 150PS. This latter engine can also be had with 'eTSI' mild hybrid tech if you choose it with the optional 7-speed DSG auto gearbox. All the latest Octavias benefit from Skoda's quest to endow the chassis with Ford Focus-style driving manners. Even with the wick turned down a good few notches, it can't help but feel extremely capable when stitching a series of bends together. The steering feels like a good hydraulically assisted set-up but is in fact electro-mechanically assisted. The sophisticated multi-link rear suspension offered on the 150PS models does a great job of keeping road bumps and thumps nicely suppressed.

Value For Money

In a word, excellent, but what would you expect from Skoda? Prices mainly sit in the £22,000 to £30,000 bracket and there's a choice of either five-door or estate body styles. Buyers in search of extra traction can choose the all-wheel-drive transmission of the 4x4 models. The standard front-wheel-drive Octavia is also available with the advanced seven-speed DSG twin-clutch gearbox that has received critical acclaim on models from across the Volkswagen Group empire. Skoda can offer the usual raft of high tech gadgetry to enhance the Octavia ownership experience. The plusher models come with touch screen stereo and navigation systems with the option of a 30Gb hard disc for storing music. Owners can also connect their music players through iPod, AUX or USB connectors which allow the track listings to be displayed on screen in the car. There are high-tech parking sensors too with a visual guide on the central display screen as well as an audible warning signal.

Could I Live With One?

Only the most prehistoric badge snob will turn their nose at this Octavia. It feels just as well built as a Volkswagen Golf and looks a good deal more distinguished. It's probably not a car that will appeal to younger buyers, but those that do take the plunge are unlikely to be disappointed.

  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Aero front windscreen wipers with intermittent function
  • Electric front and rear windows

  • ESC including ABS, EBV, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR
  • Hill hold control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear disc brakes

  • Textile floor mat set

  • 2x USB Type C ports (for charging and data transfer)
  • 2x USB Type C ports in rear of front centre armrest (charging only)
  • 1x USB Type C port in rear view mirror (charging only)
  • Voice control system
  • Bluetooth system

  • Speed limiter
  • Turn Assist
  • Front and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist
  • Electro-mechanical power steering
  • Front assist system

  • Boot lid release from inside vehicle (electrically)

  • Columbus satellite navigation with 10" touchscreen display
  • Smartlink (includes android auto and mirrorlink)
  • Colour multifunction trip computer
  • Wireless SmartLink for Apple Car Play
  • Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" digital display

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors

  • Aluminium decorative inserts

  • DAB Digital radio
  • 8 speakers

  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Black window surrounds
  • Ice scraper in fuel cap

  • Rear fog light on one side
  • High level third brake light

  • Climatronic dual-zone electronic air conditioning

  • Ticket holder
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Leather trimmed gearshift lever
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Sunglasses storage
  • Front centre armrest
  • 4 foldable roof handles
  • Satin black textured with artificial stiching in dash board pads
  • Parcel shelf - folding
  • Umbrella in door panel
  • Two-spoke leather multi function steering wheel

  • Luggage compartment lighting x1 light

  • Alarm with interior monitoring, tilt sensor and back up horn
  • Automatic warning lights in case of emergency braking
  • ISOFIX on front passenger seat and outer rear seats
  • Visual and acoustic seat belt reminder
  • Warning reflectors in front door
  • Automatic fuel cut off in case of crash
  • Emergency call and proactive services
  • Automatic door unlocking in case of crash
  • Head and curtain airbags
  • Two tone horn
  • 3 point front/outer rear seatbelts+pre-tensioners
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Drivers knee airbag

  • 3 rear headrests
  • Front head restraints
  • Height adjustable driver and passenger seat with lumbar support
  • Unsplit rear bench seat and split folding backrest

  • Door locks with immobiliser
  • Remote central locking
  • Keyless start/stop

  • Sun visors with mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 109
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.042
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0002
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 178
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 194
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 108
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 123
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 158
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 127

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 85.9
  • CC: 1498

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 45.6
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 72.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.7

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 18E
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 999999
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE Technology
  • Coin Description: TSI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.2
  • Top Speed: 142
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: TWISTER
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/60 R16

  • Width (including mirrors): 1994
  • Height: 1470
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4689
  • Width: 1829
  • Wheelbase: 2686

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1263
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1846
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 47.8
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 600
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 660
  • Max. Loading Weight: 583
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1555
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.4

  • Rear window wiper: £0

  • Wireless charging: £325

  • Cruise control: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £430
  • Lane assist: Included
  • Rear-view parking camera (Inc Full Matrix LED headlights,rear LED lights (high),dynamic indicators,cornering front fog lights): £1,975
  • Rear-view parking camera Inc Rear LED lights (high) and dynamic indicators: £595

  • Travel assist: £825
  • Travel Assist - in combination with a winter pack: £685
  • Driver fatigue sensor: £45

  • Exclusive paint: £975
  • Special solid paint: £595
  • Pearlescent paint: £595
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Full LED Matrix headlights with AFS and integrated headlight washers, rear LED lights and dynamic indicators and cornering front fog lights: £1,575
  • LED front fog lights: Included
  • LED headlights with LED daytime running lights: Included
  • LED rear lights - low functionality: Included

  • LED interior light pack - Octavia: £260
  • Winter pack - Octavia: £730
  • Simply clever pack - Octavia: £95

  • Metallic - Race blue: £595
  • Metallic - Moon white: £595
  • Metallic - Petrol Blue: £595
  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £595
  • Metallic - Brilliant silver: £595
  • Metallic - Titan blue: £595

  • Pearl - Black magic: £595

  • Solid - Energy blue: £0

  • Exclusive paint - Velvet red: £975
  • Exclusive paint - Crystal black: £975
  • Special solid - Corrida red: £595

  • Crew protection assist and rear side airbags: £495
  • Driver and passenger front and side airbags: Included
  • Manual rear child locks: Included

  • Towing preparation: £195
  • Integrated tow bar with adapter: £955

  • Cloth - Black: £0

  • 16" Twister AERO alloy wheels: Included
  • 17" Rotare Aero alloy wheels: £430
  • 17" Pulsar Aero black alloy wheels: £680

  • Tyre repair kit: Included
  • Temporary space saver wheel with 205/60 R16 tyre: £180

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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