Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Drive mode selector
  • Driver alert system
  • Electro-mechanical PAS
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Service interval indicator

Entertainment

  • Bolero radio/CD
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Aero wiper + intermittent function
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Body colour side mouldings
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Elec heated + adjust door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Electric rear windows with child safety lock
  • Internally adjustable headlight beam level
  • Light assistant (coming home/tunnel light)
  • Rear mudflaps
  • Rear wiper

Interior Features

  • Air re-circulation and pollen filter
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Driver's vanity mirror
  • Driver/passenger seat height adj/lumbar support
  • Dual zone air conditioning with humidity sensor and control
  • Front armrest
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Height adj rear head restraints
  • Height adjustable front head restraints
  • Height adjustable passenger seat with lumbar support for both seats
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Illuminated luggage compartment
  • Interior courtesy light operated by door switches
  • Isofix child seat preparation
  • Lashing eyelets in boot
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Sunglasses storage

Safety

  • 3 rear 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • ABS
  • Collision mitigation braking system
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Driver seatbelt warning indicator
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • ESP including MBA, MSR, ASR, EDL, HBA
  • Fuel supply cut off
  • Head airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts + pretensioners
  • Hill hold control
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Alarm
  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter

Emissions

CO

0.143

CO2 (g/km)

99

HC

HC+NOx

0.155

Noise Level dB(A)

71

NOx

0.137

Particles

0.0001

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1598

Compression Ratio

16.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

79.5

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

80.5

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

5 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

74.3

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

85.6

EC Urban (mpg)

61.4

General

Badge Engine CC

1.6

Badge Power

105

Based On ID

Coin Description

TDI CR

Coin Series

SE

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

13E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

12

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

93

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

86

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

82

NCAP Safety Assist %

66

Safety Concerns?

1

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

60000

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

112000

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

10.8

Engine Power - BHP

105

Engine Power - KW

77

Engine Power - RPM

3000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

184

Engine Torque - MKG

26

Engine Torque - NM

250

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

121

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

205/55 R16

Tyre Size Rear

205/55 R16

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

ILIAS

Wheel Type

16" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1461

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4659

Wheelbase

2686

Width

1814

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

Gross Vehicle Weight

1855

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1580

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

590

Max. Loading Weight

625

Max. Roof Load

75

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1800

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

650

Minimum Kerbweight

1230

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.4

Summary

This improved third generation Skoda Octavia sharpens up its act but ultimately, it'll still appeal to the same practically-mined customers who've always been attracted to it. These people will particularly appreciate the efficient charms of this 1.6-litre TDI diesel variant. Like its Korean competitors, Skoda sees a future in which it no longer competes as a 'value brand'. That market will be left to the Chinese. Instead, the Czech maker wants a higher quality image developed alongside higher quality products - cars like this one. They want the purchase of something like an Octavia to be viewed not as a cheaper choice but instead as rather a clever one. That time may already have arrived.

Background

For the person who doesn't feel the need to try too hard, there's always the Skoda Octavia. This was always the five-door family model for those self-assured enough to not need a badge to lean their egos on, who recognised a good car and weren't afraid to reward a once-unfashionable marque with their money. We're now well into the third generation of Octavia and while it's become steadily more sophisticated and socially mobile, it remains a car that has a certain cool sense about it, especially in 1.6-litre TDI diesel form. The first generation version ran from 1998 to 2004, with the second generation model then enjoying a nine year innings which is almost unheard of in the midrange market. But that hints at how Skoda buyers aren't instantly seduced by all that is new, shiny and superficial. There's always been substance to the Octavia and this improved third generation car, which despite its Golf underpinnings these days campaigns in Mondeo and Insignia territory, explores that theme still further.

Driving Experience

The Octavia's engine line-up will look like familiar fare to anyone who, maybe not realising the sheer size of this third generation design, is maybe considering a slightly smaller Volkswagen Golf or a SEAT Leon as an alternative purchase. Like those two cars - and Audi's A3 Sportback - this car's UK sales will be very heavily dependent on the 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine we look at here which in standard form now puts out 115PS, good enough of rest to 62mph in 10.1s on the way to a 126mph top speed. To be honest, this car doesn't feel that fast - and in this diesel guise would benefit from a sixth speed in its manual transmission to ease the engine strain at higher revs. Not that you'll be short of speeds if you select the DSG auto gearbox option, this offering you up to seven ratios but with the usual auto transmission sprint-sapping penalties attached. Still, you can perk things up a bit by recourse to the kind of hi-tech intervention you simply wouldn't expect to find on a family-minded Skoda of this sort: 'Driving Mode Selection'. It's the Czech brand's version of Audi's 'drive select' set-up and it's standard whatever your engine choice on all but entry-level Octavias to allow you to match the set-up of the car to the mood you're in and the road you're on.

Design and Build

Skoda people will probably quite like the fact that the look and feel of this car doesn't attract too much attention, even in this updated form where the lines have been streamlined, especially at the front. The two adjacent headlights form a dual face with a crystalline look and feature full-LED technology. The brand logo has gained more presence, with the front of the car featuring what the Czech maker hopes is a more powerful and wider appearance. Of course, it remains just as spacious as before and you get a feel for that when you lift the heavy bootlid. The cargo area is absolutely huge, the 590-litre capacity reached over a notably low lip and the space on offer almost double what you'd get in a comparably-priced Ford Focus and over 50% more than you'd get in a Volkswagen Golf. There's 610-litres if you go for the Octavia estate model. Has all this been achieved at the expense of rear seat occupants? It seems not. Enter in through the wide door openings and you'll find more headroom and elbow width than you'd get in comparably-sized Focus-class competitors too. Up front, you still wouldn't think you were in an Audi but everything's certainly much more Volkswagen-like these days in terms both of fit and finish, the feeling supposed to equate to that of 'wearing a well tailored suit', according to the design team. So-called 'Simply Clever' features include an allergen filter for the Climatronic air conditioner, an optional rear-view camera that's kept clean using washer jets and an optional umbrella under the front passenger seat. Plus iPads can be mounted to the front seats' backrests.

Market and Model

Expect to pay around £19,000 for a 1.6 TDI Octavia, with an £800 premium on top of that to find if you want the estate version. Whichever one you choose, your car will come with alloy wheels, tinted glass, climate-controlled air conditioning that also cools the glovebox, a height-adjustable driver's seat, a four-spoke leather-covered steering wheel, a trip computer, an eight-speaker stereo with a DAB digital radio and USB and AUX-in sockets and a hill holder clutch that stops you from drifting backwards on uphill junctions. There are also nice touches like the ice scraper built into the fuel filler lid and I'd want to specify the neat double-sided boot floor mat that you can flip around to suit either normal luggage or muddy boots and filthy dogs. I'd also want to pay extra for the optional spare wheel, provision of which could save you a lot of hassle if it's ever needed. You'll need at least an SE model if you want the Driving Mode selection system - which is fair enough - but it is a bit disappointing that you have to stretch up to the priciest trim levels for basics like steering wheel stereo controls, floor mats and a rear seat ski hatch.

Cost of Ownership

The upfront costs of the Octavia are certainly attractive when you weigh up what you're getting in the package but what about running the car? Skoda's engineers have achieved significant improvements in fuel consumption and emission figures thanks to advanced petrol and diesel engines, a low drag coefficient and reduced vehicle weight. The 1.6-litre TDI engine delivers 68.9mpg on the combined cycle and 106g/km thanks to a Start/stop system that cuts then engine when you don't need it, stuck in traffic or waiting at the lights. Opt for the pokier 150PS 2.0-litre TDI diesel and you can expect 65.7mpg and 113g/km of CO2. What else? Well, there's the usual three year / 60,000 mile warranty. And there's the choice between fixed or flexible servicing regimes, depending on whether your annual mileage is short or long.