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2017 Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI EVO estate review - verdict

The VW Group's new 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine makes it into Skoda's Octavia Estate. Is it the new pick of the range?

Words ByRory White

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The 1.5 TSI Evo petrol engine is certainly our new pick of the range, and SE trim (S, SE, SE L and range-topping Lauren & Klement being the order of choice) makes the most sense.

SE adds rear parking sensors, manual driver and passenger lumbar adjustment, a front centre armrest, a multi-function steering wheel, cruise control, dual-zone climate control and rear electric windows, all for a reasonable uplift in cost over entry-level S.

And, overall, the Octavia remains one of the best estates you can buy. It doesn't have quite the interior quality or comfy low-speed ride of a Volkswagen Golf Estate, nor the better agility of a Seat Leon ST, but it beats both on outright space for passengers and their luggage.


What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5


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Rivals:

Seat Leon ST

Volkswagen Golf Estate


Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI Evo Estate

Price from £20,815 Engine 4cyl, 1495cc, turbo, petrol Power 148bhp at 5000rpm Torque 184lb ft at 1500-3500rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 8.0sec Top speed 136mph Economy 56.5mpg (official average) CO2, tax band 115g/km, 22%

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