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Car of the Year Awards 2022: Best family car for practicality

There are several types of family car, but here we’re looking at traditional hatchbacks: large enough to be practical, yet compact enough to be easy and enjoyable to drive...

Best family car for practicality

Skoda Octavia 1.5 TSI 150 SE Technology

Car of the Year 2022 - MotorEasy

If you want maximum practicality, it’s hard to look past the familiar shape of the Skoda Octavia. The silhouette may not have changed much over the decades, but neither has its reputation for offering a huge amount of space over rivals in this class.

All passengers are well catered for, while the boot is simply cavernous, comfortably beating the Ford Focus, Seat Leon, Volkswagen Golf, and also the firm’s own Skoda Karoq SUV for load space – and that’s before you consider the estate version.

Skoda Octavia 2021 boot

The comfort-tuned suspension means long distances will be covered with few complaints, and the 1.5-litre petrol engine combines strong performance with good fuel economy.

Going for SE Technology trim brings alloy wheels, climate control and a 10.0in infotainment touchscreen. The latter is easier to use than that of the Golf, thanks to a bank of physical buttons.

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