For This Skoda Octavia Estate is cheap to buy and run, practical and good to drive. SE trim adds dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, a driver-fatigue sensor and rear electric windows to the equipment list.

Against The engine is boomy at very low revs, and the gears in the five-speed manual gearbox are widely spaced, so acceleration can feel laboured. The ride is a little unsettled around town.

Skoda Octavia Estate

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4 out of 5 stars

The Skoda Octavia Estate 1.6 TDI SE is a great all-round estate. It’s the Octavia Estate to go for if low buying and owning costs are a priority, yet it doesn’t feel like a budget car to live with.

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11 secs
Top speed
119 mph
Average mpg
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Target Price team says:

There are no bad or unjustifiable models in the Skoda Octavia Estate range. All are very competitively priced and are predicted to hold their value well. However, most buyers rate economy as a priority, hence the popularity of the 1.6-litre diesel. Go for the Greenline if you can; it’s a bit more expensive to buy, but the extra power and six-speed gearbox make it more relaxing to drive, and it’s impressive economy and CO2 emissions make it the pick of the range for private and business buyers alike.

Don’t discount the petrol versions if you don’t do many miles, though. They’re more refined than the diesels, cheaper to buy and still pretty economical.

Entry-level S trim is well equipped, but we’d opt for SE because it adds climate control and rear parking sensors. If you’re a company car driver or private buyer paying for the car upfront, however, go for SE Business trim. It comes with sat-nav, cruise control and a central front armrest.

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