For You can't fault the value of the Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI S. It's every bit as practical as the more expensive models, and the little engine is more than up to the job.
Against If you regularly carry heavy loads, you may well need the extra grunt you'll get from a diesel engine. And, some may hanker after a bit more kit.
Don't be put off by the fact that this is the smallest engine in the estate. The Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI S is surprisingly nippy and there's reasonable kit, but we think the SE car is worth the extra.
The Octavia Estate is one of the best all-rounders in its sector, mixing Volkswagen build quality and engineering with good practicality and strong value for money.
There are loads of trim levels to choose from – including a vRS performance model – but our favourite is SE, in combination with the brilliant 1.4 TSI petrol engine. A 1.4-litre engine may not sound like much in such a big car, but thanks to a turbocharger it manages to blend strong performance with decent fuel economy.
The Octavia is built on the same platform as the old-shape Volkswagen Golf, so it rides and handles well.
Everything feels solidly assembled, and the cabin and boot are huge. Standard equipment is also generally good, although the cheapest versions miss out on stability control.
This is the first Skoda I have owned. Before this I have had a stable of BMWs , Audis , SAAB , Volvo and VW etc. I had been looking for a mkVI Golf…
My fourth, and probably last, car from VAG. It is good at what it does, but at 50,000 miles (yesterday !) and 27 months old there are too many…
I have owned this car a few months now and it is a lovely, comfortable car to drive which feels very steady and safe on the road (but I did previously…
This car is very uncomfortable for anyone over 5ft 11in. The rear end tends to slide easily making it feel unstable on country roads and the build…
We love this little engine, and appreciate the extras that SE trim brings. To our mind, they make the Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI SE the best buy in the range.