Skoda Octavia estate

Price  £17,485 - £29,115

Skoda Octavia estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Very large boot
  • Cheap to run
  • Low prices
  • Lack of badge appeal
  • Options are expensive
  • Rivals have longer warranties

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

"The Skoda Octavia estate has one of the biggest boots in its class, so it sets the benchmark for practicality. It’s also reliable and cheap to run."

The Skoda Octavia estate is a brilliant all-rounder and one of Carbuyer's favourite cars because it's extremely good value for money and very practical.

The Octavia is as well built as any other model that uses Volkswagen Group components, but it's a lot cheaper than the Volkswagen Golf estate on which it's based. The cabin is beautifully finished and uncluttered, with excellent attention to detail.

High quality and low prices explain Skoda's fine performance in our Driver Power customer satisfaction surveys. It consistently ranks near the top in the manufacturer section (it finished in third place this year) and the Octavia came 11th out of 200 cars, so it's a hit with owners.

Engines will be familiar from other Volkswagen Group cars and include everything from a frugal 1.6-litre TDI diesel in the GreenLine model to a turbocharged 2.0-litre TSI in the high-performance vRS.

While there are plenty of engines, our favourite is the 2.0-litre TDI diesel. It's quite a bit more powerful than the 1.6-litre and good for 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds – but it's still cheap to run and doesn’t cost much to tax, so it strikes the best real-world balance in the range.

There's no shortage of trim levels, either and although Skoda is known as a budget brand, the top-end Laurin & Klement model is really quite luxurious. Even the entry-level model includes equipment such as air-conditioning, alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system and numerous safety features.

There are plenty of rival estates in the Skoda's price range, such as the Kia Cee'd SW estate, Hyundai i40 Tourer, Ford Focus estate and Volkswagen Golf estate – but few if any can match the Octavia in terms of the space and practicality it offers for the money.

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 161 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
28 Oct 2015
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