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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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Key facts

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

There are no bad or unjustifiable models in the Skoda Octavia Estate range. All are predicted to hold their value well and are very competitively priced. However, most buyers will rate economy as a priority, hence the popularity of the 1.6-litre diesel. As a result of the demand, it should hold its value marginally better than the rest of the range. Add the 1.6’s other low costs and relaxing driving experience, and it’s the one to go for.

Don’t discount the petrols if you don’t do many miles, though. They’re a delight to use, being 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. Elegance trim could be worth stretching to if you spend a lot of time in the car. It adds sat-nav, the variable boot floor, automatic lights and wipers, and leather and Alcantara trim, which is more than enough luxury to justify the price premium.

Reader test team says:

Skoda Octavia Estate 2.0 TSI 220 vRS 5dr

Bought the vRS model a few weeks ago and have already put over 1K miles on it - the sort of car that makes you want to go for a drive, take a detour…

Stuart Firth

4 out of 5 stars

Skoda Octavia Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE 5dr

I recently replaced my 2003 A4 Estate with this car, and I couldn't really be happier with my decision. Everything feels extremely well screwed…

Andrew Moss

4 out of 5 stars

Skoda Octavia Estate 1.2 TSI 105 SE 5dr

I was worried over the engine size, but any concerns have evaporated. I had a 1.6 Petrol Qashqai before this, the 1.2L Turbo Skoda engine is much…

Andy Christie

5 out of 5 stars

Skoda Octavia Estate 2.0 TDI 150 Elegance 5dr

I got this car for its space and economy, rather than for any particular driver appeal, but after less than 1000 miles I am really appreciating it. …

Peter Welford

5 out of 5 stars
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