What alternatives should I consider to a used Skoda Octavia estate?
The related Volkswagen Golf Estate has a large boot, supple ride and a well-built interior, and is good to drive, too. It’s not the most sparkling of cars, inside and out, and that competence robs it of a certain charm, but it’s hugely impressive. Up against the Octavia, though, it’s more expensive and its boot is smaller.
The Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer has plenty of room, is well equipped and has a range of very strong and economical engines. Countered against that, the boot isn’t that flexible and some of its rivals are better to drive.
The Seat Leon ST is also related via the VW Group and is very nearly as capacious as the Octavia. It’s well equipped and cheap to buy both new and used, and is also cheap to run. Against that, it has a rather firm ride and an uninteresting interior.