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The Top Gear car review:Skoda Octavia

Overall verdict
It’s very good. But, let’s face it, wouldn’t you rather just buy a Golf?


It’s a solid all-rounder, this Octavia. Maybe not Golf good, but close


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What is it?

Handsome tyke, isn’t it? We once opined that the Skoda Octavia was one of the best cars on sale in the world, and in all honesty, not much has changed with this new version.

It’s the third generation of the Golf-based hatch, and it now sits on Volkswagen’s fancy new MQB platform; the same platform that will underpin some 10 million VW Group models in the future. This, of course, means there’s more than a whiff of Golf lingering about the place, which is a good – and bad – thing. Why bad? Because we fear Skoda could be in danger of losing what little identity it kept. Being a ‘budget Golf’ is all well and good, but shouldn’t a car be more?

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 TSI vRS 5dr
6.8s 142g/km 45.6 220 £24,685
The cheapest
1.0 TSI S 5dr
9.9s 104g/km 62.8 115 £17,030
The greenest
1.6 TDI 110 SE Technology GreenLine III 5dr
10.6s 90g/km 80.7 110 £20,595
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