4.3 out of 5 4.3
Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Skoda's Golf rival is now level-pegging with the Volkswagen

Skoda Octavia Estate (20 on) - rated 4.3 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £22,215 - £36,875
Lease from new From £268 p/m View lease deals
Used price £14,285 - £31,350
Used monthly cost From £357 per month
Fuel Economy 35.3 - 282.5 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £155
Insurance group 11 - 25 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Hugely practical
  • Very comfortable
  • Cheap to run
  • Loads of driver assistance tech

CONS

  • Golf's interior is more high-tech
  • Still some cheaper materials inside
  • Ride could be better around town
  • Some road noise on the motorway

Skoda Octavia Estate rivals

Written by Keith Adams on

Frequently topping our favourite estate and family car lists, the Skoda Octavia is a solid all-rounder regardless of which generation you buy, but previous models have fallen just short of toppling the ultimate please-all, Volkswagen Golf.

This fourth-generation car aims to address that with cutting-edge tech, sharpened-up styling, and the same promise of massive practicality and superior comfort as before. Fittingly, Skoda's answer to the latest Golf Mk8 shares much of the VW's technology under the skin - and despite the evolutionary styling, it's a huge leap forwards.

The new Octavia hopes to build a more upmarket image following on from the introduction of the latest Superb. Like that luxurious giant, the Octavia still has dimensions that are bigger than its more traditional rivals such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra - it's closer in size to the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia. As before, the Octavia comes in both hatchback and estate bodystyles.

What’s new?

Both the Octavia hatch and estate are the same length as each other, but are now longer than their predecessors (19mm for the hatch, 22mm for the estate), as well as being wider.

On the outside, the Octavia mixes the look of the larger Superb with the newer Scala, featuring a low grille, slim headlights and plenty of chrome detailing around the car in higher-spec models.

At the back, Skoda's latest rear light design features, with plenty of angles and creases, as well as the new logo spelled out across the tailgate. It’s a really crisp and premium design overall.

What models are available?

The Skoda Octavia is available with six trim levels. Unusually there are not one, but two First Edition models, as well as a more business-focused trim for company car drivers. A base-spec SE model and a 1.0-litre petrol arrived later in 2020 with a price of less than £22,000.

From here, SE First Edition is the next grade up and comes with the new 10.25-inch digital dials. Sat in the middle of the range is SE Technology trim, aimed squarely at fleet drivers with the upgraded 10-inch Columbus infotainment system, and front and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist.

If you want the most luxurious Octavia, head towards the top-of-the-range SE L and SE L First Edition models, but those wanting the most sporting model with maximum performance should head towards the vRS. This also arrived later in 2020, with petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines available.

Click through these pages to read everything you need to know about the Skoda Octavia Estate including its practicality, how much it costs to run - and whether we'd recommend buying one.

Skoda Octavia Estate rivals

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