Used test: Skoda Octavia Estate vs Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

The supremely practical Skoda Octavia Estate has always been one of our favourite family cars, but does the cheaper Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer make more sense as a used buy? Read on to find out...

Used Octavia

Our Verdict

This is a seriously close-run thing. The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer has a lot going for it, including sharper handling and a lower purchase price. Yet the Skoda Octavia Estate has a usefully bigger boot with more standard convenience features, plus it’s faster, easier and more relaxing to drive and has a nicer interior. Given the likely priorities of buyers in this class, that just gives the Octavia the edge.

1st – Skoda Octavia Estate

Used Octavia

For Strong engine; composed handling; huge boot; well equipped

Against Slightly unsettled ride; suspension can be noisy

Verdict A brilliant family estate, and worth the small premium

5 out of 5 stars

Skoda Octavia Estate review

2nd – Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer

Used Astra

For Sharper handling; cheaper to buy

Against Mediocre refinement; no variable-height boot floor

Verdict A highly recommended family estate, but not the best

4 out of 5 stars

Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer review

Specifications: Skoda Octavia Estate 2.0 TDI 150 SE Business

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel
List price when new £21,735
Price today £12,500
Power 148bhp
Torque 251lb ft
0-60mph 8.6sec
Top speed 134mph
Fuel economy 70.6mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 106g/km

Specifications: Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer 1.6 CDTi 136 Tech Line

Engine size 1.6-litre diesel
List price when new £20,170
Price today £11,700
Power 134bhp
Torque 236lb ft
0-60mph 9.0sec
Top speed 127mph
Fuel economy 74.3mpg (Official average)
CO2 emissions 101g/km

Price today is based on a 2016 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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