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Skoda Octavia Estate Review

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Skoda Octavia Estate
10 Feb 2017 0:0 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 10:24

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Hands up if you're under the impression that Skodas look a tad dull? Well, you may have had a point, but with the latest version of the Skoda Octavia Estate, the company's certainly injected some visual pizzazz. We refer to the Octavia's controversial four-headlight, front-end design, and we'll leave you to work out if it's simply fabulous or a bit frumpy.

Beyond its face, the current Octavia Estate has stayed broadly the same since its launch back in 2012. That's not a negative though, because we've always rated it as one of the most practical budget estates out there.

There are plenty of rivals for you to consider, everything from the Seat Leon ST, and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer to the pricer Volkswagen Golf Estate. While they are all fine cars, they don't match the Octavia's load-lugging capabilities, plus the Octavia goes further than many rivals by offering an off-road focused all-wheel-drive Scout variant.

But is its supreme load-lugging ability reason enough to buy the Octavia Estate? Read on over the next few pages to find the answer, and we'll also let you know which engines and trims are best, and what options are worth adding.

 

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There are 7 trims available for the Octavia Estate. Click to see details.See all versions
Scout
Features similar equipment levels to the SE L trim with a few additions such as lane assist and cruise control. Scout is more of a crossover car so also has off-road styling and an off-road drive m...View trim
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Laurin + Klement
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S
Even this entry-level trim comes with air-conditioning, alloy wheels, an 8.0in touchscreen, Smartlink featuring Apple CarPlay and MirrorLink, Bluetooth, a DAB radio and a USB socket. There are a fe...View trim
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SE Technology
The one to go for if you’re a company car user. It includes an upgraded infotainment system with online connectivity that puts a range of downloadable information at your disposal, plus an in-built...View trim
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SE
This is our favourite for private buyers, because it adds rear parking sensors, manual driver and passenger lumbar adjustment, a front centre armrest, a multi-function steering wheel, cruise contro...View trim
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SE L
SE L trim brings Alcantara and leather seat trim, adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, privacy glass and a drive-mode selection switch. A nice added extra is the handy umbrella kept under the p...View trim
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vRS
Sporty vRS models have sports suspension, sports seats, LED headlights, 18in alloys, cruise control, lane assist and more aggressive-looking bodywork....View trim
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