Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Skoda Octavia estate?
If you can find a well maintained, privately sold 1.9 TDI with a full service record at the right price, snap it up. However, it's not only private motorists who have recognised the Octavia Estate's virtues, and sadly company car and taxi drivers may not have looked after their charges as well.
Have a good look around for usual tell-tale signs of misuse and abuse, such as scuffed bumpers, shaved alloy wheels and dodgy paint repairs.
At least the Octavia enjoys a good reputation for reliability as its strong showing over the years in our What Car? JD Power Reliability Index reflects.
Not that there are no problems to look out for, of course. Avoid 1.8-litre 20v engines that haven't had their timing belts replaced by 70,000 miles. The 1.6 engines can also suffer timing belt trouble, but unlike the 1.8, this rarely results in a wrecked engine.