Skoda Octavia estate
Price £17,330 - £29,010
- Huge boot
- Economical engines
- Great value for money
- Pricey options
- Not very desirable
- Only three years' warranty cover
At a glance
"With one of the biggest boots in its class, the Skoda Octavia estate sets the bar for practicality, reliability and value for money."
The Skoda Octavia estate is one of Carbuyer's favourite cars, and we have a list as long as your arm of reasons why. Central to this model's appeal is its excellent value for money.
It offers VW build quality and components for less than the price of the Volkswagen Golf estate on which it's based. Climb inside and you're instantly aware that this is a VW Group car, thanks to its beautifully finished cabin, clear controls and excellent attention to detail.
This feeling of quality is why Skoda, and the Octavia itself, score so highly in owner satisfaction surveys, although the car did slip a little in 2014 – a few complaints about comfort and ride quality affected its position in our Driver Power survey. But this is a rare black mark for a car that's generally loved.
Volkswagen Group engines are used throughout the Octavia range, giving it everything from the 1.6-litre diesel in the very frugal GreenLine model to the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol that powers the high-performance vRS version.
Our pick of the engines is the 2.0-litre diesel, which has low road tax, good fuel economy and plenty of power – from a standing start, it gets the Octavia estate to 62mph in around eight seconds. But this version will of course cost a bit more to run than the 74mpg GreenLine.
There's a similarly broad variety of trim levels. The range-topping Lauren & Klement has luxuries such as a leather interior that are usually reserved for executive cars, but even the basic model sports alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system, air-conditioning and a raft of safety features.
Rivals include the cheaper Kia Cee'd SW estate, the sharp-looking Hyundai i40 estate, the durable Ford Focus estate and the comfortable Volkswagen Golf estate. But the Octavia estate may just trump them all.
The Skoda Octavia estate has an economical 1.6-litre TDI diesel which can return 74mpg and emits less than 100g/km of CO2
Not as much fun as a Ford Focus, but the Skoda Octavia estate is relaxing and quiet to drive
There’s loads of space in the Skoda Octavia estate and the interior feels solidly built
The Skoda Octavia estate has one of the biggest boots in its class
Skoda continues to impress, with another strong performance in the Driver Power survey