Browse over 9,000 car reviews

Skoda Octavia

What's on this page

Skoda Octavia Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior, Models & News

While it's still a relatively small player in the Australian market, Czech brand Skoda is building a reputation as offering well-specced cars at good prices, and the medium-sized Octavia is at the vanguard of this push.

Owned by the Volkswagen Group, Skoda is in the enviable position of adopting industry-leading tech and implementing that in new, more appealing ways. The Octavia RS, for example, uses the same powertrain as the highly regarded VW Golf GTI, but offers it in more usable, practical bodystyle forms like a wagon or five-door fastback hatch.

Current prices range from $31,690 to $51,590 for the Octavia Ambition and Octavia RS.

Skoda Octavia Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Skoda Octavia here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Skoda Octavia 2016: Error message "reverse gear not available"

    The DSG gearbox in your car has given Skoda and other members of the Volkswagen family all sorts of grief over the years. The problem you’ve described suggests a build-up of metallic particles (from wear and tear inside the transmission) which are being attracted to the magnetic sensors inside the gearbox and leading to bogus commends being sent to the car’s on-board computer. I’ve also heard of these symptoms being the result of faulty mechatronics and even a software glitch. The mechatronic unit, by the way, is the module that acts as middle-man between the computer and the gear selectors and clutch packs contained within the gearbox itself.

    So there are three (among many) possibilities. And the VW (and Skoda) DSG transmission is no stranger to any of them. Either way, a loss of drive at any stage – whether it’s Drive or Reverse – is a potentially dangerous situation and needs to be fixed. Unfortunately, Skoda Australia only extended its factory warranty to five years on vehicles sold after January 1, 2017; after your car was sold. That said, I’d certainly be talking to the brand’s customer relations department with a view to at least finding out what’s wrong and then negotiating on whatever repairs are required.

    Show more
  • Skoda Octavia 2000: Why does the engine keep stopping and won't restart?

    On the surface, it sounds like the electrical system is somehow letting you down, Todor. The no-charge light comes on because the engine has stalled and is not driving the alternator, so that’s probably not the root cause here. But only when the glow-plug light appears (which it should every time you turn the ignition on ready to crank the engine) will the engine fire. That’s the clue that whatever glitch is at work here has settled down and is allowing the electrical system to work properly. Of course, a diesel engine doesn’t have a spark (electric) ignition system, so we could be barking completely up the wrong tree here. That said, the modern diesel engine does use a series of electric fuel pumps, and a faulty pump could easily cause the problem you’ve described.

    With that in mind, the absolute best advice is to take the car to a workshop with the necessary diagnostic gear and have the car scanned to see what fault codes it coughs up. Until you do that, and can isolate the problem, you can run around in circles for months changing perfectly good components in a costly process of elimination.

    Show more
  • Skoda Octavia RS245: Premium or Sports model?

    With a price premium of about $15,000 brand-new, the Sport model would seem to have the RS245 beaten for value, wouldn’t it? But it’s not that simple and even though the two are both Skoda Octavias, they are really very different vehicles in every other respect.

    While the Sport model is a sensible, practical (despite the Sport badge) sedan or wagon, the RS245 is a much more driver-focussed, sporty machine. The latter is much more firmly suspended and has performance braking hardware and big alloy wheels as well as a clever mechanical front differential to maximise its grip. The differences under the bonnet are just as obvious and with 110kW in the Sport playing 180kW in the RS245, you can guess which is the faster car to drive.

    So it really comes down to how much you value a car’s sporty nature. If you do, that $15,000 price jump might not seem so bad. If you don’t the RS245 becomes a very expensive take on the Octavia formula.

    Show more
  • Holden Commodore: What's a good replacement?

    All of the cars you name meet your criteria of size, economy, performance and handling.

    You could also add the Mazda3 and 6 to the list.

    Of all of those I would nominate the Camry as the great all-rounder.

    Show more
See All Skoda Octavia Q&As
Disclaimer: You acknowledge and agree that all answers are provided as a general guide only and should not be relied upon as bespoke advice. Carsguide is not liable for the accuracy of any information provided in the answers.

Skoda Octavia Boot Space

Choose the sedan/liftback hatch model and you have 600 litres of cargo capacity with the seats up, and 1555L with them folded down.

Get the wagon and those figures bump out to 640L with the seats up, and 1700L with them down. That's basically a studio apartment.

Skoda Octavia Boot space Skoda Octavia Boot space

Skoda Octavia Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Skoda Octavia varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $31,690 and going to $51,590 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 Sedan 1.4L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $31,690 $50,290
2022 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 8 SP AUTO $32,990 $51,590
2021 Sedan 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $18,000 $51,150
2021 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $19,500 $52,580
2020 Sedan 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $16,500 $49,500
2020 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $17,900 $50,930
2019 Sedan 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $14,700 $43,890
2019 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $16,200 $45,320
2018 Sedan 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $12,700 $39,160
2018 Wagon 1.4L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $13,500 $40,370
See All Skoda Octavia Pricing and Specs

Skoda Octavia Colours

Steel Grey is the only no-cost option, while metallic choices ($770) comprise Moon White, Race Blue, Quartz Grey and Brilliant Silver, while Magic Black Pearl Effect is also $770, and the Velvet Red premium paint (seen on the wagon in these images) is $1100.

  • Velvet Red metallic
  • Race Blue metallic
  • Quartz Grey metallic
  • Moon White metallic
  • Brilliant Silver metallic
  • Steel Grey Uni
  • Magic Black metallic
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Skoda Octavia Interior

The cabin is dominated by a technical theme - almost Audi-like in its execution. There is a 12.3-inch digital driver info screen, and a 10.0-inch touchscreen media system. There's a minimalist air to the cockpit, with fewer knobs and dials than any Skoda that has come before it. Is that a good thing? Read the review to find out.

Skoda Octavia Interior

Skoda Octavia Dimensions

The dimensions of the Skoda Octavia Sedan and Wagon vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 Sedan 1470x1829x4689 mm 143 mm
2022 Wagon 1470x1829x4689 mm 142 mm
2021 Wagon 1465x1814x4670 mm
2021 Sedan 1461x1814x4667 mm
2020 Wagon 1465x1814x4670 mm
2020 Sedan 1461x1814x4667 mm
2019 Sedan 1461x1814x4667 mm
2019 Wagon 1465x1814x4670 mm
2018 Wagon 1465x1814x4659 mm 140 mm
2018 Sedan 1461x1814x4659 mm 140 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Skoda Octavia Dimensions

Skoda Octavia Accessories

There are plenty of accessories available for the Skoda Octavia range, including roof rack, roof cargo pod and other storage assistance packs. The optional goodies include a panoramic glass sunroof for the wagon ($1900), and the RS Premium Pack, which costs a lot but gives you additional equipment you might want.

Skoda Octavia Wheel Size

The Skoda Octavia has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 205x45 R18 for Sedan in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 Sedan 205x45 R18 205x45 R18
2022 Wagon 205x45 R18 205x45 R18
2021 Sedan 225x45R17 225x45R17
2021 Wagon 225x45R17 225x45R17
2020 Sedan 225x45R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45R17 17x7.5 inches
2020 Wagon 225x45R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45R17 17x7.5 inches
2019 Sedan 225x45R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45R17 17x7.5 inches
2019 Wagon 225x45R17 17x7.5 inches 225x45R17 17x7.5 inches
2018 Sedan 225x45 R18 18x7 inches 225x45 R18 18x7 inches
2018 Wagon 225x45 R18 18x7 inches 225x45 R18 18x7 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Skoda Octavia Wheel Sizes

Skoda Octavia Fuel Consumption

The Skoda Octavia is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by PULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5.7L/100km for Sedan /PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 Sedan 5.7L/100km 1.4L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2022 Wagon 5.9L/100km 1.4L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2021 Sedan 5.5L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Wagon 5.5L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Sedan 5.5L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Wagon 5.5L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Sedan 5.5L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Wagon 5.5L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Sedan 4.8L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2018 Sedan 5.4L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Wagon 4.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP
2018 Wagon 5.5L/100km 1.4L PULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Skoda Octavia Pricing and Specs for 2022

Skoda Octavia Towing Capacity

The Skoda Octavia has maximum towing capacity of 1600kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 Sedan 1500kg 1600kg
2022 Wagon 1500kg 1600kg
2021 Sedan 0kg 1600kg
2021 Wagon 0kg 1600kg
2020 Sedan 0kg 1600kg
2020 Wagon 0kg 1600kg
2019 Sedan 0kg 0kg
2019 Wagon 0kg 0kg
2018 Sedan 0kg 1600kg
2018 Wagon 0kg 1600kg
See All Towing Capacity for Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia Seats

There are five seats in the Skoda Octavia sedan and wagon. They come trimmed in leather, and the front ones are sports seats. Option the RS Premium Pack and the front seats will come with electric adjustment and heating, and the rear outboard seats are heated, too. Nice.

Skoda Octavia Speed

The 0-100km/h claim for the sedan is 6.7 seconds. For the wagon, the 0-100 speed is 6.7 seconds. Identical!