What used Skoda Octavia estate will I get for my budget?
You can buy a high-mileage version of the car for around £5000, but just under £7000 seems to be the starting point for a 2013 Octavia Estate with a service history and an average mileage for the year, bought privately or from a trader. Up the wedge to between £8000 and £10,000 and you should find a good 2014 car with a full history and an average mileage from an independent dealer. £10,000-£12,000 should secure you a 2015 car, bought the same way, and between £12,000 and £14,000 will get you a 2016 or 2017 car with a low mileage, possibly from a franchised dealer.
How much does it cost to run a Skoda Octavia estate?
The diesel-engined cars are, unsurprisingly the most economical, but not by as huge a margin as you might think.
Having said that, the 1.6 TDI 115 helps the Octavia Estate achieve a claimed average fuel consumption of 68.9mpg, while the 2.0 TDI 150, which is one of our favourite engines, achieves 65.7mpg. The 1.0-litre TSI 115 three-cylinder petrol engine, meanwhile, can return a claimed 58.9mpg, while the 1.4 TSI 140 can return a claimed 54.3mpg, while the latest 1.5-litre can claim an average of 57.7mpg.
Servicing is inexpensive, and Skoda offers a fixed price scheme on cars aged less than three years old, under which you’ll currently pay £149 for a minor service (10,000 miles or every 12 months) and £269 for a major one (every 20,000 miles or 24 months).
It’s worth noting that all diesel Octavia Estates and most petrols have a timing belt that needs to be replaced every four years at a Skoda dealer, and it makes sense to replace the water pump at the same time.
Insurance costs are slightly cheaper than an equivalent Volkswagen due to Skoda’s cheaper repair costs.