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 24 Skoda Octavia versions available
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.
Reader test team says:
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