Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Verdict Should you buy a Skoda Octavia Estate?

Yes – but we said that about the last one, so you shouldn’t be surprised to find the same opinion here. That’s because, if anything, this version is even more of a no-brainer, thanks to advances in driver assistance and safety tech, plus an uplift in interior tech.

The Volkswagen Golf is still more refined and quiet on the move but the Octavia is substantially more practical and in our eyes, better looking too. We think the two cars are now level pegging in terms of outright all-round ability.

It’s the Skoda you choose for value and ease of use, while the Golf is marginally more technical inside and has an arguably better image, although that’s surely less of an issue these days.

There's also the vRS to consider, which represents great value for money in the performance car world, and a real all-round hero. Particularly the diesel, which can be had with all-wheel drive and a two-tonne towing capacity too. The Focus ST diesel estate may be more fun down a country road, but the vRS TDI is a larger, grown-up alternative that's even easier to live with.

When it comes to plug-in versions though we reckon you're better off with the standard iV than the sportier vRS variant - the latter makes sense on paper but in reality the uprated plug-in powertrain feels unresponsive and a bit confused, even if the keen steering and chassis remain.

Pick the lower-powered 204hp version and you get an ultra-low 6% BiK rate, which is good value for business use, although perhaps not so good as those willing and able to take the plunge into a full EV like the Volkswagen ID.3.

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