Used Skoda Octavia Estate 2004 - 2013 review

Category: Estate car

Forget the Skoda jibes, this car is as good as anything else out there

Skoda Octavia Estate (04 - 13)
  • Skoda Octavia Estate (04 - 13)
  • Skoda Octavia Estate (04 - 13)
Used Skoda Octavia Estate 2004 - 2013 review
Star rating

What's the used Skoda Octavia estate like?

While the previous generation Octavia Estate did a sound job, this is a car that you would truly desire to own. It really is that good. All versions handle tidily and are fun to drive over a twisty road, yet retain their smooth ride in the process.

There's plenty of choice to be had from the engine range, with economical diesels and a hot 197bhp vRS version. Admittedly, all of them can sound gruff when they're worked hard, but at cruising speeds refinement is excellent.


Forget the Skoda jibes, this car is as good as anything else out there

  • The Octavia's interior finish is top quality, all models run smoothly and there's good safety kit
  • The rear seats don't fold flat on lower-specification models, and the 1
  • 6 struggles to shift a laden car

Inside, the dashboard plastics may not be quite as top notch as you'll find in a Volkswagen, but they are still very good indeed. And, unlike in the previous model, rear passenger legroom is good. The boot provides a massive 540 litres of space, extending to a sizeable 1620 once the 60/40 split folding rear seats are lowered, and only a high boot sill limits the car's practicality.

Ownership cost

What used Skoda Octavia estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Skoda Octavia estate?

With the 1.9 TDI Ambiente, there shouldn't be too many tears over running costs. It has the best fuel economy of the range - a claimed 53.3mpg - and it's the cheapest to insure - a mere group 7 insurance rating. However, coverage isn't expensive for the range as a whole: most run no higher than group 8.

You'll have to make an exception if you want the vRS, which incurs a group 15 rating, but that's still not bad for what is essentially a hot hatch. Fuel economy isn't so good, though. Use the petrol turbo engine at all enthusiastically, and you'll be lucky to get 28mpg.

Perhaps the big surprise is that you shouldn't expect to pick one up for next to nothing. It won't be as expensive as an equivalently aged VW Passat, but it hangs on to its value much better than a Ford Mondeo or a Vauxhall Vectra estate.

Our recommendations

Which used Skoda Octavia estate should I buy?

If load lugging is a priority, avoid the Classic and Ambiente versions because their cargo floors are bisected by a 5cm step when the seats are folded.

There are five trims to choose from: Classic, Ambiente, Elegance, vRS, and Laurin & Klement (the latter with leather upholstered seats). The vRS didn't have leather fitted as standard, but many cars were fitted with it as an option. Early Classic models didn't have standard air-con, but this changed from June 2005. All models have front and side airbags, but curtain 'bags were fitted as options only.

The 115bhp 1.6-litre petrol can struggle with a full load, but the 148bhp 2.0 does a better job. With the vRS, you get the same 197bhp 2.0 turbo as in the Golf GTI. The 140bhp 2.0 turbodiesel is quick, but the 105bhp 1.9 TDI is our choice. Like the non-turbo 2.0-litre petrol, it's also available in four-wheel drive.


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