What's the used Skoda Octavia estate like?
So, you’ve been wooed by the looks, practicality and excellent engine range of the latest Skoda Octavia hatchback, but you want more boot space? Well, you're in luck, because the Czech manufacturer offers an uber-practical estate car version, just as it did for the first, second, and third generations of the Octavia, and it's at least as attractive as a used buy.
There's certainly a decent selection of engines to choose from. The range kicks off with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol (badged 1.0 TSI 110) with 109bhp, then moves up to a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol (badged 1.5 TSI 150) with 148bhp, followed by 2.0-litre TDI diesels with either 113bhp or 148bhp.
Trim levels consist of SE, SE Technology, SE L and SE L First Edition, as well as the sporty vRS. SE gives you 16in alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, auto lights and wipers, heated door mirrors, keyless start and even an umbrella in the door.
SE Technology trim brings an infotainment upgrade, including voice control, as well as front parking sensors, more distinctive alloy wheels and a set of floor mats. Seeking out SE L trim gives you plenty of extra luxuries and some useful kit for your money, including 17in alloys, privacy glass, power-folding door mirrors, suede trim, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control and keyless entry. SE L First Edition tops that off with ambient lighting, plus blindspot warning and a powered driver's seat.
On motorways, the Octavia can waft along on its softly sprung suspension for mile after mile. The consequence of this soft set-up, though, is that it feels a little floaty over crests. Despite the softness of its suspension, it's perfectly capable when it comes to corners. In particular, its steering is precise and has plenty of reassuring weight. What’s more, the manual gearbox is precise and the optional dual-clutch automatic delivers impressively swift shifts.
Finding an ideal driving position is easy. SE L models get a powered driver’s seat with a memory function to make getting comfortable even easier. All Octavias provide adjustable lumbar support.
The infotainment touchscreen is positioned high on the dashboard so you don’t have to take your eyes far from the road to see it. In entry-level models, it's an 8.25in screen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, as well as a DAB radio. Meanwhile, SE Technology and SE L cars feature a 10.0in screen with built-in 3D navigation that’s clear and easy to follow.