Making up around a third of Skoda sales, the Octavia is a critical model for the Czech brand, so it’s a good job the latest update has been such a success. In fact, the only area that seems to polarise opinion is its new split headlight design, because the Octavia’s combination of practicality, safety, value and driving competence are certainly hard to fault. The estate has a class-leading boot and the vRS performance version is powerful and grippy without attracting any unwanted attention. No wonder Octavia owners are so happy.
Price Ј19,810 to Ј30,940 Trim levels S, SE, SE L, Laurin & Klement, vRS, Scout Engines 1.6 Diesel (114bhp), 2.0 Diesel (148bhp), 2.0 Diesel (181bhp) Engines 5-door hatchback and 5-door estate CO2 emissions 103 to 136g/km Combined fuel economy 55.4 to 72.4mpg