For A cavernous boot and roomy cabin make the Octavia Estate practical, while efficient engines help keep running costs low. You get a lot of equipment and a classy cabin, and the handling is composed.
Against It could be more refined and the ride is a bit unsettled around town.
What Car? says
In every practical way, the Skoda Octavia Estate is the best car in its class. It’s also relaxing to be in and should be painless to own.
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There are 13 Skoda Octavia versions available
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.