The Skoda Octavia isn’t just big, it can even rival some limos for how much room it has for people and luggage. That said, it can be a little tight in the back with three people on-board
Passenger space is something the Skoda Octavia offers lots of for the price.
Even basic S models have a driver’s seat that adjusts for height and a steering wheel that adjusts for height and reach. As a result, pretty much all shapes and sizes of people should be able to get themselves comfortable behind the wheel.
Go for SE trim and the passenger seat also moves for height and both front seats get lumbar adjustment that’ll help take the strain out your back on a longer journey.
Laurin & Klement models, meanwhile, go one step further by adding heated seats, a steering wheel that can warm your hands on a cold winter’s morning and an electrically adjustable driver’s seats that is less laborious to adjust.
The Skoda Octavia really comes into its own with four people aboard, though. It has levels of rear legroom that alternative models – such as the Vauxhall Astra, Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus – simply can’t compete with. In fact, the Octavia can hold its own with some luxury limos – not bad for such as well-priced car!
Three in the back is a bit more of a squeeze – adults on the outside seats might brush their heads on the rear pillars, plus whoever’s in the middle gets a harder seat base and will have to share the other passengers’ footwells. It’s still perfectly doable, though.
Even fitting a child seat shouldn’t phase you – the Octavia’s big rear doors give brilliant access to the back seats and the Isofix points are easy to see once you remove their plastic covers.
You can’t even find a chink in the Skoda Octavia’s armour when it comes to storage spaces – the glovebox is big, the front door pockets can take two bottles of water and the rear door bins are almost as large. You get a couple of cup holders between the two front seats and two more in the rear centre armrest that’s fitted to SE L and Laurin & Klement models.
Those models also get a handy umbrella hidden under the front passenger seat. Plus, there’s a tray for your phone that can be had with wireless charging (for between £200-300, except on S models) that also boosts your phone signal via the Octavia’s aerial.
Considering what you get as standard, paying extra for the Simply Clever Package isn’t really needed – although, if you think you’ll have use for a double-sided boot floor with a wipe clean side, a tablet holder and a waste bin – it’s yours for £85.
The variable boot floor is such a useful feature - and such a cheap option - that I don't know why Skoda doesn't make it standard across the range
As you’ve probably detected from the running theme of this review – the Skoda Octavia‘s boot is also extremely practical.
It has a 590-litre capacity that makes alternatives’ boots – such as the Ford Focus (316 litres), Volkswagen Golf (380 litres), Seat Leon (380 litres), Honda Civic (478 litres) and Hyundai i30 (378 litres) – look pretty darn small.
It means the Octavia’s boot is big enough to carry two large suitcases and a couple of small ones without even having to take the parcel shelf out that, by the way, slides neatly behind the back seat if you do remove it. To get the best from the boot though, it is well worth spending £150 extra on the variable boot floor that means there’s no annoying load lip to lift luggage over.
Buy it and you also get a completely flat load bay when you put the rear seats down – which makes the 1,580-litre load capacity even more usable. It’ll take so many cardboard boxes you’ll lose count and is one of the few cars at the price that can carry a bike without you having to take its wheels off.