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.