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4 out of 5 stars

For The Octavia's interior finish is top quality, all models run smoothly and there's good safety kit

Against The rear seats don't fold flat on lower-specification models, and the 1.6 struggles to shift a laden car

Verdict Forget the Skoda jibes, this car is as good as anything else out there

Go for… 1.9-litre turbodiesel

Avoid… 1.6-litre petrol

Skoda Octavia Estate
  • 1. Flywheel failure can cause serious problems on 2.0-litre diesels - make sure recall work was done
  • 2. Ensure clutch is in good condition on high-mileage cars, where it may have been abused
  • 3. Rear legroom is far better on this car than on the previous-generation model
  • 4. The boot is plenty big enough, but the high sill limits its practicality
  • 5. The cabin is comfortable and of high quality
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