What Car? says

3 out of 5 stars

For The Octavia is a well built, solid, reliable workhorse that’s perfectly good to drive, too

Against It's not the largest family estate, and some of its engines could be quieter

Verdict It's a good choice of practical family transport that should give reliable motoring

Go for… 1.9-litre turbodiesel

Avoid… 1.6-litre petrol

Skoda Octavia Estate
  • 1. The timing belts can snap on 1.8 20v engines
  • 2. The driving position provides a good range of seat and steering wheel adjustment
  • 3. Legroom in the rear is very limited
  • 4. The boot is large, and the seats fold down to form a spacious, well-shaped load area
  • 5. The 1.9-litre turbodiesel provides the best blend of economy and performance
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