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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a Skoda Octavia Estate?

When this car was in its prime the answer to that question would have been a resounding yes - there was very little that the Octavia range couldn't offer.

Times have moved on a bit though and with a newer version offering all sorts of driver assistance and powertrain advancements this third generation car looks a little dated.

Still, in terms of ease of use and interior space this version still stands head and shoulders above the competition. If you want a comfortable, practical estate and are not bothered about an interior festooned with the latest touch-sensitive swipeable doodads and multifunction controls like the new car then there's still plenty here to like.

One of the few criticisms you might level at the car is that it could perhaps do with a little more personality. Like the hatchback version, it’s a little plain looking but it is attractive and elegantly styled with some crisp detailing.

There's also not a huge selection of engines (no hybrids or electric-only options) but what versions there are certainly cover most of the usual bases - low CO2 and fuel consumption diesels, efficient petrols for low-mileage drivers and even a high-performance vRS.

In terms of the latter, we rated our long termer very highly indeed, suggesting that 'If you simply want one car that does 99% of what you need day-to-day then picking this Octavia vRS Estate is the easiest decision you’ll ever make.'

It's nowhere near the cheapest to buy or run as you'd predict but as an all-rounder there's very little else that comes close. Plus there's always the diesel version if you need to keep one eye on bills.

Further reading

>> Want a bit more space? How about a Skoda Superb Estate?

>> If the Octavia's not stylish enough then the SEAT Leon ST is worth a look

>> Our favourite estate cars, ranked

2020 Skoda Octavia Estate rear static