Skoda Octavia Hatchback (2013 -) Buying & Selling

Review by Tim Bowdler on
Last Updated: 02 Feb 2017
This is the third generation of the popular Skoda Octavia from the Czech maker. It is now 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the previous generation but it also looks more elegant than before.

4 out of 5

Buying new

The Octavia should be an attractive option for families and company car drivers who want a frugal, well-built five-door car that has plenty of interior space. It's all-things-to-all-men traits make it a very competitive and sensible option in this sector.

We suggest going for the SE model. It will be the most popular version and this should help protect your resale values a bit. The diesels are the best value in terms of resale prices but if you do want a petrol go for the 1.4-litre option.

All the diesels are decent motors but the 108bhp with the six-speed manual is our preferred choice of the 1.6-litre offerings. The 2.0-litre is an excellent choice too but don’t bother with the DSG gearbox unless you need it.

We don’t expect there to be much movement on price in the new Octavia’s early life but as time goes on dealers will be prepared to negotiate. Best to go for the brokers if you want a bargain.

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4.5 out of 5

Buying used

The Octavia is an excellent used buy, in particular the diesel models.

Don’t be put off if they have an over-average mileage – many of them will be ex-company cars with motorway miles and they should have decent service and maintenance histories.

Steer clear of cars that have damaged alloys – this shows the previous owner hasn’t been caring for the car and scruffy interiors will be a sign of abuse.

Octavia owners are usually very fastidious and there’ll be plenty of clean models that have been properly looked after. For extra peace of mind get a Parkers car history check that will show whether the car is hiding any unpleasant surprises.

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3.5 out of 5


Be prepared to move on the price because resale values are moderate but not particularly strong. Lower powered petrol models will be need to pitched at attractive prices and you’ll have to swallow a fair amount of pride and accept your losses if you are trading in.

Of course, clean models with undamaged alloys and a full service history will be the first to go, and try to keep that interior squeaky clean. If you have a 2.0-litre diesel you can be more stubborn when in negotiations.