What alternatives should I consider to a used Skoda Octavia estate?
Cheaper versions of the Skoda Octavia estates count the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer among its rivals; it's a ubiquitous but pleasant car that’s good to drive and comes with a practical interior. Entry-level versions can be a bit sparse and the diesel engines can be gruff. On top of that, the low-speed ride is a little firm.
The Ford Focus estate is great to drive, with a smooth and quiet Ecoboost engine in some versions and low running costs. Some rivals are cheaper, though, and the Octavia offers more space and more kit, as well as feeling better-made.