Skoda Octavia estate

Price  £17,485 - £29,115

Skoda Octavia estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Huge boot
  • Economical engines
  • Great value for money
  • Pricey options
  • Not very desirable
  • Only three years' warranty cover

At a glance

The greenest
Greenline III 1.6 TDI CR 110PS 5dr £21,425
The cheapest
S 1.2 TSI 105PS 5dr £17,485
The fastest
Laurin & Klement 1.8 TSI 180PS 5dr £27,830
Top of the range
Laurin & Klement 2.0 TDI CR 150PS 4X4 5dr £29,115

"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.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.5 / 5

The Skoda Octavia estate has an economical 1.6-litre TDI diesel which can return 74mpg and emits less than 100g/km of CO2

Engines, drive & performance

4 / 5

Not as much fun as a Ford Focus, but the Skoda Octavia estate is relaxing and quiet to drive

Interior & comfort

4.4 / 5

There’s loads of space in the Skoda Octavia estate and the interior feels solidly built

Practicality & boot space

5 / 5

The Skoda Octavia estate has one of the biggest boots in its class

Reliability & safety

4.8 / 5

Skoda continues to impress, with another strong performance in the Driver Power survey

What the others say

4.3 / 5
based on 4 reviews
5 / 5
"If it's practicality you're after, the Octavia Estate's boot is roomy enough to embarrass cars from the class above like the BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant."
4 / 5
"Pricing is extremely competitive, resale values are excellent, and fuel and maintenance costs are among the lowest in the class, so it's one of the best-value estates to buy and run."
8 / 10
"The Skoda Octavia Estate is a big, family-friendly car with a smart interior and strong, efficient engines."
8 / 10
"Well thought out, versatile and thoroughly decent family estate. Difficult to criticise on any level."
What owners say 
4.4 /5 based on 160 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
6 Mar 2015
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