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The 2004- Skoda Octavia is an excellent car both new and secondhand and much cheaper than the Golf and Audi A3 on which it's based - though no longer that cheap as Skoda is not a 'value' brand these days.
The Octavia does most things well. Handling is as good as a Golf. The cabin is big (especially in estates), tough and stylish. The range of VW group engines is second to none and overall it is very refined.
As with most cars in this sector you will pay a large premium if you want a diesel powered Octavia. Diesel Octavias cost, on average, £1500 more than the petrol counterparts and, whilst they are very good, they don't justify that much money.
Get a 1.6 petrol Octavia in Ambiente spec which will give you air-con. This should save you £1500 or so over the equivalent diesel and should have, on average, 15,000 miles less on the clock. Insurance is one group lower and servicing will be less.
A 3 year old Octavia 1.6 petrol in Ambiente spec will cost you around £6300. you could pay £10,000 more for a nearly new diesel version of the same car!
Depreciation is fairly heavy on petrol cars over the first 3 years. We'd buy at around 4 or 5 years, from that point on the depreciation drop is gentle.
Used Car Expert recommends that you try to buy after a big drop in depreciation and before the next one, so with the current Skoda Octavia you would aim to buy a 7 year old and you can keep it for some time before needing to worry about a big drop in value.
Diesel Skoda Octavia cars lose most over the first year (from new to 1 year old), so that is the best ‘nearly new’ buy in terms of car for money.
Diesel Skoda Octavia cars lose least between years 1 and 3, so this is the best buy if you want to keep the car for a while.
Petrol Skoda Octavia cars lose least between years 2 and 4, so that is the best buy on older cars.
For advice on what to pay, see below and for more detailed depreciation and mileage & spec adjusted prices & graphs visit our price guide.