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 2015 or 2016 car with a full history and an average mileage from an independent dealer. £10,000-£12,000 should secure you a 2017 car, bought the same way, and between £12,000 and £14,000 will get you a 2018 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 under the old NEDC tests, or 56.5mpg measured via the newer and tougher WLTP tests, while the 2.0 TDI 150, which is one of our favourite engines, achieves 65.7mpg, or 54.4mpg under WLTP. The 1.0-litre TSI 115 three-cylinder petrol engine, meanwhile, can return a claimed NEDC 58.9mpg, or 50.4mpg WLTP, while the 1.4 TSI 140 can return a claimed 54.3mpg NEDC, while the latest 1.5-litre can claim an average of 51.4mpg under the WLTP tests.
Annual car tax (VED) is based upon CO2 emissions for cars registered before April 2017, and is charged at a flat rate, currently £145 a year, for cars registered after that date.
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.