Skoda Octavia – best hatchbacks 2018

The Skoda Octavia is a spacious alternative to the Volkswagen Golf and SEAT Leon in the hatchback class

The Skoda Octavia is a family hatchback that uses the same basic platform as the Volkswagen Golf and SEAT Leon, but a longer body and clever packaging mean it offers more boot space than both, as well as a hugely practical interior and enough room for five. 

In fact, it’s one of the biggest cars in its class, coming close to models such as the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat from the class above. It’s available as either a five door hatchback or more practical estate, though both offer plenty of space and identical levels of standard equipment. The 2017 facelift  gave the Octavia a new face and added a bit of interest to a rather ordinary looking car.

While it doesn’t offer the same exceptional value as Skodas of old, all current-generation Octavia models boast alloy wheels, automatic post-collision braking and DAB radio. Mid-range SE models are better still, while top-spec Elegance and L&K versions can rival sister company Audi for luxury.

Best hatchbacks to buy now

  • 1. Volkswagen Golf
  • 2. Mercedes A-Class
  • 3. Skoda Octavia
  • 4. Vauxhall Astra
  • 5. Renault Megane
  • 6. Honda Civic
  • 7. SEAT Leon
  • 8. Peugeot 308
  • 9. Mazda 3
  • 10. Audi A3
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