Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Skoda Octavia estate?
The Octavia 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.
What are the most common problems with a used Skoda Octavia estate?
Automatic gearbox issues
Some Octavia owners have had problems with the DSG automatic gearbox, with some reporting electrical glitches and others mechanical faults. It's therefore important to ensure that any automatic Octavia changes gear smoothly and doesn't hesitate, whether you're in manual or automatic mode. Don't forget to get the car up to speed and check it uses all the top gears, too. Some owners have also reported failure of the water pump, leading to large bills.
Other Octavia owners have reported niggles with the sat-nav system and other minor electrical problems, so it's worth taking the time to make sure all the equipment that's fitted works.
Is a used Skoda Octavia estate reliable?
The Octavia's reliability record isn't bad, but neither is it a shining beacon of dependability. In the 2019 What Car? Reliability Survey the car came mid-table in the family car class. Skoda came ninth out of 31 manufacturers, meanwhile, which is a good result.