Skoda Octavia Estate review

Category: Estate car

Section: Costs & verdict

Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 infotainment touchscreen
  • Skoda Octavia iV estate hybrid COTY
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 rear cornering
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 dashboard
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 rear seats
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 front seats
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 infotainment touchscreen
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 rear panning
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 front panning
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 side panning
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 front studio
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 rear studio
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 boot
  • Skoda Octavia iV estate hybrid COTY
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 rear cornering
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 dashboard
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 rear seats
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 front seats
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 infotainment touchscreen
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 rear panning
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 front panning
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 side panning
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 front studio
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 rear studio
  • Skoda Octavia Estate 2021 boot
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

When it comes to value for money the Octavia Estate is at the sharp end; even the entry-level 1.0 TSI 110 SE is a commendable proposition and far better than the cheapest Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer. The Seat Leon Estate is near enough bang on the same cost for a like-for-like engine and trim, while other rivals, including the Ford Focus Estate and the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports, are a fair bit pricier. Compared with the Corolla the Ocativa's resale values aren't particularly strong, though.

The plug-in iV is available only in the upper trims, but even so, it's competitively priced against other PHEVs. For reference, it'll take around 6hrs to charge from a three-pin plug, and 3hrs from a 7kW home wall box (0-100%). 

Equipment, options and extras

First off, all versions have a few handy treats, such as the umbrella in the passenger door and an ice scraper clipped to the fuel filler flap. SE trim is far from stripped out, with 16in alloy wheels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, two-zone climate control, keyless start, automatic lights and wipers and cruise control.

Next up is SE Technology, which is aimed at business users mainly, and offers the best value for money; the gains include floor mats, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and more distinctive alloy wheels, plus front parking sensors and sat-nav upgrades.  

Overview

The Skoda Octavia Estate offers a vast boot considering its size, and generous space for occupants. However, it's far more than just a big box on wheels; its relatively plush interior, generally cosseting ride and frugal engines make it a fantastic car for covering big distances in. Despite the iV’s reduced luggage capacity, it’s big in the back by plug-in hybrid standards, has a strong, smooth engine and gearbox, and makes brilliant financial sense for company car users.

  • Supple ride most of the time
  • Huge boot
  • Low BIK rates for plug-in 1.4 TSI iV 204
  • Rivals are more fun to drive
  • A bit floaty over big undulations
  • Heating controls are in the touchscreen
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