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Skoda Octavia iV long-term test | efficient and a great family car

6 Skoda Octavia iV
BIK List Price
Skoda Octavia BIK list price
BIK Percentage
Skoda Octavia BIK Percent
Skoda Octavia CO2
Combined MPG
282.5 (WLTP)
Skoda Octavia MPG


I recently swapped out of our Audi A3 TFSIe into the Octavia plug-in hybrid, as it is a more practical car for family life than its VW Group stablemate.

The cars share the same powertrain, and are based on the same platform, but the Octavia boasts a 1,405-litre boot (seats folded, 450 litres with the seats up), compared to the A3’s 1,100 litres and 280 litres respectively, and 1,700 litre and 640 litres in the Octavia estate, which we previously had on test.

The Octavia also has a variable boot floor, with a storage compartment for charging cables under the luggage compartment mat, better cabin space and practical features that the brand is known for such as the umbrella storage compartment.

However, where it hasn’t yet lived up to the A3 is on the electric range being achieved. In the Audi I could achieve 37 miles on a single charge but the Octavia is currently offering 34 miles.

My long-term fuel economy in the A3 was 71.1mpg, after 1,500 miles while in the Octavia it’s 54.9mpg after 2,000 miles. That’s still a good return given the size of the Octavia and we’ll keep tabs on whether it improves over the coming months, as it did with the A3.

Skoda Octavia iV SE-L joins our fleet

Following our long-term test of the new Skoda Octavia estate, we now welcome a Skoda Octavia hatchback. This version is the 204PS plug-in hybrid in SE-L trim. It uses a 1.4 petrol engine with a six-speed DSG gearbox and an electric motor, offering a combined mpg (WLTP) of 188.3-282.5, CO2 of 22-23g/km and an all-electric range of up to 44 miles.

Options fitted to this already well-specified car include 19-inch alloys (£910), leather upholstery (£240), metallic paint (£595), rear parking camera (£605) and a £905 winter pack, bringing the total to £36,450. As standard, the SE-L gets heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and keyless entry.

The car is smooth and powerful, thanks to its plug-in hybrid powertrain and the DSG box is slick and effortless. Transition between electric and petrol is almost seamless. The car starts of in EV mode, before automitically switching to Hybrid when the battery is almost empty. You can also manually select Hybrid mode from the touchscreen, in order to retain battery charge for later.

The Octavia's cabin is spacious, although the leather seats seem a little firmer than the fabric version in our previous Octavia.

It is better looking than the estate model, however, due to the swooping roofline and larger Bencrux anthracite multispoke wheels. Although we have noticed a little more road noise than previously.

Top Speed
Skoda Octavia Top Speed
VED band
Skoda Octavia Ved
Fuel Type
Petrol Hybrid
Skoda Octavia Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £10,812
4 Year 80k : £8,236
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 49.03
4 Year 80k : 43.59

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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