First Drive – Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI CR 150PS

Over 205,000 have been sold in the UKsince its introduction in 1998

Over 205,000 have been sold in the UK
since its introduction in 1998


The new Skoda Octavia has lightened its load in style; we drive the range topping version featuring more power and lower running costs


What is it? The brand new Octavia has just arrived in UK and it is even more spacious than before. Bigger than the Ford Focus but smaller than the Mondeo the new Octavia is  longer, wider and far more stylish both inside and out.

First impressions of the new Skoda Octavia: With slick, clean lines the new model is bigger and classier than the previous model but crucially its lighter which means better fuel economy and lower emissions.

What about the interior? Climb inside and it’s very much a VW, the interior is reassuringly cleanly and simply styled and everything from the controls to the buttons and knobs are all easy to use. But it is space that really sets the Octavia apart from rivals and as expected driver and passenger space is vast. The boot measures a whopping 590 litres which is larger than the Ford Mondeo, VW’s Passat and the Toyota Avensis.

And on the road?  At the launch we had the opportunity to drive the range topping 2.0 litre diesel with 150 bhp.  For a car of its size it is agile and easy to manoeuvre. The steering is light with good feedback. On the open road the Octavia cruises happily, delivers reasonable power and a surprising amount of refinement.

Octavia sets new segment benchmarks for passenger luggage space

Octavia sets new segment benchmarks for passenger luggage space

How Much? The new Octavia is offered with both manual and automatic transmission options and four engine alternatives, two petrol and two diesel, with prices from £15,990. All engines come with Stop Start technology that significantly increases overall fuel economy.

How Safe?  Skoda engineers have added a host of cutting-edge safety systems for the new Octavia including  multi-collision automatic braking, city emergency braking and up to nine airbags.

What about my options: The new Octavia comes in three specification levels, S, SE and Elegance, and there is a high level of standard safety and comfort equipment. Prices for the petrol Octavia start at £15,990 and £18,040 for the diesel range.


3 words to describe the Skoda Octavia; Refined; Capacious; Economical


Model CO2 S SE Elegance
1.2 TSI 105PS


£15,990 £17,190
1.2 TSI 105PS DSG*


£17,240 £18,440
Available from May 2013
1.4 TSI 140PS


£18,390 £20,240
1.4 TSI 140PS DSG*


£19,640 £21,490
1.6 TDI CR 105PS


£18,040 £19,240 £21,090
1.6 TDI CR 105PS DSG*


£19,290 £20,490 £22,340
2.0 TDI CR 150PS


£20,140 £21,990
2.0 TDI CR 150PS DSG


£21,390 £23,240


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27th March, 2013

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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