Skoda Octavia Estate Review – Full UK Buying Guide |

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Huge boot

Economical engines

High-quality cabin

A little dull to drive

And that’s.

. about it!

The Skoda Octavia Estate gets excellent reviews from the critics – little surprise perhaps, given the Octavia hatchback was already scoring highly.

It’s the same qualities that critics like here, with the added benefit of extra boot space and options like a four-wheel drive system for peerless versatility.


The old Octavia Estate’s cabin was never too shabby, but Skoda has still made big strides with quality. the high quality dash materials and chunky switchgear feel really robust according to one review, and another says the dashboard has classy materials.

Comfort can’t really be faulted either. The front seats are supportive, the driving position good and other passengers have it good too – there’s more space in here than in previous Octavias, even if 4×4 models eat into the centre pew’s space a bit thanks to a raised transmission tunnel.

Then there’s the boot. At 610 litres with the rear seats in place and 1,740 with them flipped down (with a flat load bay), it’s not just bigger than small family car rivals but cars like the Mondeo and Passat estates from the class above, too.


We’ll start with the bad news: The Octavia isn’t a car to choose if you value driving fun. But really, who buys an estate car, at least a regular one like the Octavia, to hit the B-roads? In reality, the Octavia does something much more important, which is offer predictable, grippy handling and a composed ride.

That ride quality only really suffers if you specify high-spec models with large alloy wheels. In fact, there are far fewer criticisms with the estate’s ride than with the regular Octavia hatch, so the estate is probably the choice for comfort as well as practicality. And if you want better all-weather traction or even a modicum of off-road ability, then Skoda offers 4×4 models on several engines.


It’s a typically wide range of engines available in the Octavia Estate. At the bottom of the range sits the 1.2 TSI petrol – it offers mid-fifties economy but could end up feeling a little strained in a fully-loaded car. Next is the 1.4 TSI which offers 138 bhp and barely diminished economy.

It’s smooth and offers good performance.

Then there are the more popular choices – the diesels. Diesel motoring kicks off with the 1.6 TDI, offering just over 100 horses and up to 74.3 mpg if you pick the right engine – for a zero-rated yearly vehicle tax bill. Even the punchier 2.0 TDI at the top of the range (if you ignore the vRS models) achieves economy in the high 60s.

Of the two, the 2.0 TDI is the more refined and less stretched when towing or loaded up – and if you can afford it, it’s the preferred choice.

Value for money

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Skodas are no longer truly cheap, as they once were. But the company has really loaded the Octavia with kit and for the money, you’ll not find a more spacious estate car. So it still represents good value.

Despite that space, it also still costs less than the equivalent VW Golf hatchback, which does show you just how much you’re getting for your money.

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Worth noting

There are two other Octavia Estate variants you may be interested in. One is the vRS, launched at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed – it offers 220 PS and 184 PS petrol and diesel engines, an uprated chassis and fantastic styling, and like previous vRS models it’s fantastic value for the (150 mph+) performance.

The other is the impending Octavia Scout. With four-wheel drive and a raised ride height, the Octavia Scout will be the muddy field user’s Octavia of choice – a popular option for those in rural areas.


The Octavia Estate is very good at what it does. No, it isn’t the last word in entertainment or styling, but those are really positive attributes – it means you can appreciate its talents all the more and allows you to make the most of its talents. The boot is huge, the engines economical and the quality easily a match for most rivals, yet it’s better value than virtually all of them.

We can highly recommend it.

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