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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Functional but not very exciting
  • Easy to use controls
  • Tight panel gaps and solid construction

The dashboard has been given a clean and crisp design along the lines of the exterior. Fit and finish both feel excellent, and while it’s not the most stirring of interiors to sit in it’s all very logically laid out and comfortable.

While it’s not particularly exciting to look at, the Octavia’s interior has been put together with typical VW group accuracy, and in terms of ergonomics it is very easy to use.

2020 Skoda Octavia Estate interior

This clean and simple design approach extends to the dials, which have a very clean and legible design. An 8.0-inch multimedia touchscreen, available in different sizes depending on trim, sits in the middle of the dashboard and is familiar from other VW Group products.

You can choose a larger 9.2-inch unit, which is a lot nicer to look at, while the dials can be swapped for a 10.25-inch digital set up.

Extra storage areas can be added, as well as leather and Alcantara trim, plus electrically-adjustable seats that make it far easier to find a comfortable driving position.

2020 Skoda Octavia Estate digital dials

All in all the Octavia’s cabin is a very agreeable place to be, although it could perhaps do with a bit more character. Bottom line really is the Octavia’s interior is functional but lacking flair - stylistically at least - and starting to feel a bit dated.

What about the vRS?

It's a very dark cabin lifted only by the carbon fibre style trim and red stitching. The wheel is a curious mix of round and flat-bottomed, and whether it works for you may come down to personal taste.

That said, we found the restrained cabin design in our long termer Octavia Estate grew on up over time.

A truly successful cockpit in a car surely needs to simply go unnoticed – especially in a car with the performance of this vRS.

Comfort

  • Mostly very good but some caveats
  • Adaptive dampers add another dimension
  • vRS on big wheels rides quite firmly

Skoda Octavia Estate comfort levels are very good. The engines are quiet to the point of being outweighed by wind noise on dual carriageways and the leather and Alcantara-trimmed seats are supremely comfortable.

The ride quality really is quite impressively silky even on rough roads, although cars with larger wheels are very comfortable for the most part, but can judder slightly over rippled surfaces on dual-carriageways. These also suffer from a bit more road noise than we'd like.

2020 Skoda Octavia Estate infotainment

The Dynamic Chassis Control option has a fairly low uptake but transforms the Octavia into a very comfortable thing at one end - the chassis is supple over undulating terrain, but with a firmer edge just a button press away. Particularly in the case of the vRS.

Is the vRS much less comfortable?

On standard suspension and 19-inch wheels the vRS is certainly firmer than the standard car, but if you invest in the DCC option and smaller 18-inch wheels (like our long termer) it rides much like the rest of the range.

The driving position is ideal, the seats squashy, yet supportive enough to resist backache, and the DSG automatic gearbox happy enough to be left to its own devices so you can be lazy with your left leg.

2020 Skoda Octavia Estate gear shift

We found it really tricky to tell our car was a sporty vRS on a long drive – there is absolutely no compromise in terms of ride quality.

The low slung driving position is also ideal for taller drivers.