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4.5 out of 5 4.5
Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Aging all-rounder is our favourite estate

Skoda Octavia Estate (2013 - 2020) Review Video
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At a glance

New price £17,330 - £32,745
Used price £4,340 - £26,900
Used monthly cost From £108 per month
Fuel Economy 32.8 - 56.5 mpg
Road tax cost £0 - £180
Insurance group 12 - 29 How much is it to insure?


  • Spacious and comfortable
  • Excellent value
  • Range of efficient engines
  • 4x4 version available


  • Not terribly exciting
  • No hybrid or electric version
  • Driver assistance tech dated
  • Thirsty vRS

Skoda Octavia Estate rivals

Written by Adam Binnie on

The Skoda Octavia Estate ticks so many boxes it’s genuinely hard to fault – practical, comfortable, spacious and easy to use – you’ve even got a wide range of efficient and powerful engines to choose from.

It’s not the most exciting car in the world, either to look at or to sit in, but as a car that does exactly what it sets out to do it’s very hard to fault. It’s practical, comfortable and offers excellent value for both private buyers and company car drivers as it’s only marginally more expensive than hatchback.

In-house rivals from SEAT and VW offer eye-catching styling and a more expensive-feeling interior, while the standard Ford Focus Estate is better to drive than the standard Octavia (performance versions of both aside) but as an all-rounder there isn’t anything quite as accomplished as this Skoda.

More space than ever

With luggage and passenger space rivalling even cars from the class above, the Octavia makes the most of its relatively compact external dimensions by offering a wealth of room on the inside.

The boot is deep, wide and low with an optional two-level variable floor system available to accommodate items of different heights.

Meanwhile those in the back of the car won’t struggle for legroom, even if they are tall and sat behind an equally lofty driver.

Petrol and diesel engines

The Octavia is a standard petrol and diesel affair – there are no hybrids or electric models in the range – but you should find something to suit, whether you want low running costs or high performance.

That’s in part thanks to the inclusion of a sporty vRS model that can be specified with two-wheel drive petrol power or the all-wheel drive diesel.

We’ve lived with the former for more than a year and even after that relatively long test were very reluctant to hand the keys back. The vRS Estate makes a strong case for being the best all-round family car money can buy.

Click through these pages to read everything you need to know about the Skoda Octava Estate including its practicality, how much it costs to run, what it’s like to live with long term – and whether we’d recommend buying one.

2020 Skoda Octavia Estate rear static

Skoda Octavia Estate rivals

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