What's the used Skoda Octavia like?
It might not look like it’ll set your heart on fire, but the Skoda Octavia Estate is probably, in the real world, one of the best all-round cars you can buy.
This modestly priced, well-built and eminently practical car is based on a stretched version of the platform used by its classy Volkswagen Group siblings, the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf. This means it’s not only good to drive but also decently cheap to run. It’s also considerably more spacious inside than those two siblings, with plenty of room for the family as well as a huge and easily accessible boot.
On the road, the Octavia features a selection of familiar engines, ranging currently from a 113bhp 1.0-litre petrol, a 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol (which has now been replaced by a 1.5-litre unit), a 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel and a 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel. More explosive vRS versions are also available, in either petrol or diesel form. All deliver more than adequate performance and are capable of 0-62mph in less than 10 seconds, although the higher-powered units are more flexible and better suited to motorway cruising and cross-country driving. Some diesel versions in certain trims also promise up to a claimed average fuel consumption of 68.9mpg, while those who prefer their engines to be petrol-powered will like the 1.0-litre unit’s claimed figure of 58.9mpg.
There’s a good choice of trims, too, ranging from fairly basic S up to Laurin & Klement, which comes kitted up to the hilt. Indeed, seldom will you encounter a car that offers such space and practicality, such easy-going refinement and such superb value for money as a used Octavia Estate.
Read on for the full low-down on one of our favourite estates.