2017 Skoda Octavia Estate review: No-nonsense family wagon


Sensible, inexpensive and spacious, there’s a lot to like about Skoda’s Octavia Estate. It might not excite in its mainstream, volume-selling guises, but for a lot of buyers that is part of its appeal.

Body Style: 5 door estate

Seats: 5

MRP from £18,395-£30,245  

Did you know? The Octavia Estate’s 1,740-litre maximum boot capacity is 60 litres more than an Audi A6 Avant.

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Verdict 8.0 / 10

We’ll admit to liking the big, practical and sensible Skoda Octavia Estate here. Indeed, we’ve recommended many friends buy them and they’ve all been satisfied. The reasoning is that, if you’re after no-nonsense, inexpensive and spacious family motoring then the Octavia Estate has it all, and more - particularly relating to space. Sure, a Peugeot 308 SW will run it close for functionality and value, with a bit more glamour, but the Skoda has a more comfortable driving position and endless useful touches that the Peugeot falls short of. That even the base level S trim comes well specified is appealing, and while we’re not so sure its last facelift was entirely successful – those headlights? – you can overlook that for the roundedness of the offering overall. A fine car, then, if not one to get excited about, which is kind of the point.