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 Astra has a lot going for it, including sharper handling and a lower purchase price. Yet the Octavia 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.

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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

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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

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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