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Used Skoda Octavia Estate 2013-2020 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Advice for buyers

Used Skoda Octavia Estate 13-present
  • Used Skoda Octavia Estate 13-present
  • Skoda Octavia Estate
  • Used Skoda Octavia Estate 13-present
  • Used Skoda Octavia Estate 13-present
  • Used Skoda Octavia Estate 13-present
  • Used Skoda Octavia Estate 13-present
  • Used Skoda Octavia Estate 13-present
  • Skoda Octavia Estate
  • Used Skoda Octavia Estate 13-present
  • Used Skoda Octavia Estate 13-present
  • Used Skoda Octavia Estate 13-present
  • Used Skoda Octavia Estate 13-present
Used Skoda Octavia Estate 2013-2020 review
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Skoda Octavia estate?

The Skoda Octavia Estate is a large and immensely practical estate, so it might have been used for a variety of duties, including family chores, taxi runs and trips to the local tip. It’ll clean up well, but check for any more serious cosmetic damage. As with any used car purchase, you should check mileage details and the car’s history. Inspect the bodywork for signs of scuffs, maybe caused in tight urban car parks, and the wheels for any kerb damage. Check the that the seats all fold as they should, and make sure the upholstery is in a good condition throughout.

Several Octavia owners have reported issues with the dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox, with some reporting electrical glitches and others mechanical faults. It's therefore imperative to make sure that any automatic Octavia changes through the gears smoothly and without hesitation in both manual and automatic modes. Don't forget to get the car up to speed and check that the oil for the gearbox has been changed every 38,000 miles.

Used Skoda Octavia Estate 13-present

What are the most common problems with a used Skoda Octavia estate?

Manual child lock

The child lock can disengage without the driver knowing, with the potential for occupants being able to open the door from the inside and get out of the car. This recall involves Octavias made between 25 November 2015 and 14 April 2016.

Rear head restraints

There's been a recall for the rear head restraints of the Octavias built between 1 May and 31 August 2018 where the mounting bracket might not have been welded correctly during production. Your local dealer will be able to let you know if your car needs to have any recall work carried out.

Rear wheel bearing

The rear wheel bearing housing on some Octavias assembled between 1 and 31 August 2017 could shatter because the metal wasn't hardened correctly during manufacture. If your car is affected, it will need to have new housings fitted at a Skoda dealer to sort the issue.