Skoda Octavia

Front: 11
Side: 16

Adult occupant protection
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Adequate, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Marginal, Right foot: Good, Left foot: Good
Frontal impact driver
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Good, Upper leg right: Good, Upper leg left: Good, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Adequate
Frontal impact passenger
Head: Good, Chest: Good, Abdomen: Good, Pelvis: Good
Side impact driver

Child restraints
18 month old ChildFair BimboFix Type II, rearward facing
3 year old ChildFair BimboFix Type II, forward facing
Pedestrian protection
No image car front available

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
Car details
Hand of driveRHD
Tested modelSkoda Octavia 1.6 Ambiente
Body typeFamily car
Year of publication2004
Kerb weight1185
VIN from which rating appliesVF1JPOJ0532390106

The Octavia’s body proved to be very strong and provided stable protection for its occupants. Its restraint systems include single-stage tethered airbags for the driver and passenger, seat-mounted side airbags and front belts with pre-tensioners and load limiters. The Octavia shares its structure and underpinnings with the Mk5 Volkswagen Golf. Unlike the Golf, a head-protecting curtain airbag is not standard on all models. It is, however, available as an option at extra cost. The child protection offered by the car was good. Its performance in the pedestrian test just fell short of achieving three stars.

Front impact
The car’s body suffered minimal deformation. The single-stage tethered airbags and belt pretensioners plus load limiters worked well with the stable structure, keeping loads on the driver’s chest and legs relatively low. However, the driver risked injuries from his knees hitting unforgiving structures located behind the fascia. The footwell suffered little intrusion and control of the pedals in the crash was good.

Side impact
A very impressive protection system includes seat-mounted thorax airbags. The car scored the maximum points available in this section of the test.

Child occupant
There is a manual switch for the passenger frontal airbag. Owners can also ask dealers to disconnect the airbag permanently. When the airbag is off, its status is shown on the instrument binnacle and on the centre console. However, apart from a nonpermanent pictogram on the end of the fascia there was no warning against placing a child in a rearfacing restraint opposite an active airbag. Fair Bimbo Fix restraints (forward facing for the older child and rear facing for the younger child) used the ISOFIX anchorages. The children were well protected although, in the frontal impact, chest loads were a touch high.

The bumper and leading edge of the bonnet gave some protection as did the bonnet top, particularly where a child’s head would most likely strike. Overall, a good effort.