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 £23,370 - £24,530
Lease from new From £270 p/m View lease deals
Fuel Economy 42.2 - 62.8 mpg
Road tax cost £150
Insurance group 15 - 19 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

Written by Adam Binnie 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, VW Golf.

The fourth-generation car aims to address that with cutting-edge tech, a sharper new style, 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 same-again 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 new Skoda comes in hatchback and estate bodystyles available.

What’s new?

Both the Octavia Hatch and Octavia Estate are the same length as each other, but both longer than their predecessors (19mm for the hatch, 22mm for the estate), and wider, too.

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’s available from launch?

The Skoda Octavia was launched with three trim levels and three engines. Unusually there are not one but two high-spec 'First Edition' models plus a more business-focused trim. A base-spec S model and a 1.0-litre petrol will come later in 2020 and we'd expect this combination to come in under £20,000.

For now though the entry-level car is called SE First Edition boasts safety systems like front assist and lane keeping assistant, plus 8.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system, full smartphone connectivity and Skoda's new 10.25-inch digital dials - all cars get this as standard, in fact.

Range-topper SE L First Edition gets you 17-inch alloys, chrome window surrounds and trim on the outside, plus heated, electrically-adjustable microsuede seats and LED ambient lighting on the inside. The larger Columbus infotainment system is standard, and comes with voice control and online services. This car also ups the safety tech with blind spot protection, front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control that works down to a stop.

Sat in the middle is the SE Technology trim, which is aimed squarely at company car drivers. With this car you get 16-inch alloys, 10-inch Columbus infotainment system, and front and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist.

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.

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