Review: Skoda Octavia Estate (2013)
Roomy. More load space than the old car. Flexible and practical. Haldex clutched 4WD Scout version.
More expensive than before.
Skoda Octavia Estate (2013): At A Glance
- New prices start from £19,510, brokers can source from £16,555
- Contract hire deals from £137.16 per month
- Insurance Groups are between 12–25
- On average it achieves 80% of the official MPG figure
The Skoda Octavia Estate is a no-nonsense holdall that offers more space and equipment than a Volkswagen Golf Estate at a lower price point. And to underline the fact that this is fuss-free motoring, Skoda has called it a plain and simple estate. Not a Sportwagon, not a Tourer and not even a Sports Tourer. It's a good old fashioned estate.
And, as an estate there's stacks of room with 1740 litres of space with the seats down, fold flat seats and plenty of cubbyholes. This time, though Skoda has turned the practicality up a notch and thought about those small touches that make a difference to everyday life.
That means that the sill sits lower for easier access, a foldable front passenger seat to allow loading of long items (up to 2920mm in length), an underfloor boot compartment and a one-touch seat-fold lever in the boot that eliminates the need for clambering over the seats to fold them down.
Talking of seats, there's plenty of space in the back for two fully grown adults and getting in and out of the car is easy thanks to big doors and the car sitting lower to the ground than before.
It features a familiar range of engines, with 1.2 and 1.4-litre TSI petrols and 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesels. Standard on all cars are alloy wheels, Bluetooth, DAB radio, a leather steering wheel, daytime running lights, hill hold, a touchscreen stereo system plus a USB port for connecting iPods. On the safety side there's ESC on all models and seven airbags.
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Skoda Octavia Estate (2013): What's It Like Inside?
There's 1740 litres of space with the seats down, 610 litres with the seats up and plenty of cubbyholes throughout the car. This time round Skoda has turned the practicality up a notch and thought about those small touches that make a difference to everyday life.
That means that the sill sits lower for easier access, there's a foldable front passenger seat to allow loading of long items (up to 2920mm in length), an underfloor boot compartment and a one-touch seat-fold lever in the boot that eliminates the need for clambering over the seats to fold them down. Talking of seats, there's plenty of space in the back for two fully grown adults and getting in and out of the car is easy thanks to big doors and the car sitting lower to the ground than before.
Inside, the car's dash is identical to the Octavia hatchback, which is very good news. It's stylish with an upmarket look and feel and represents a real step-change to the cabin of the old car. Of particular note are the materials that have been used.
Whereas in the old car it felt very workmanlike, there's more of a flair to the new Octavia, with a more interesting mix of colours and textures and a new steering wheel. There's better refinement on the move, too, thanks to better insulation from wind, road and engine noise.
Standard on all cars are alloy wheels, Bluetooth, DAB radio, a leather steering wheel, daytime running lights, hill hold, a touchscreen stereo system plus a USB port for connecting iPods. On the safety side there's ESC on all models and seven airbags.
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What's the Skoda Octavia Estate (2013) like to drive?
- Engines range from 1.0 TSI 115 to 2.0 TSI 190 Scout 4x4 DSG
- Readers report Real MPG to be between 34–75 mpg
It may not as pleasing to drive as the Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 or SEAT Leon, but the Octavia is geared more towards comfort, which means a good ride and the ability to munch up motorway miles without any fuss. As many Octavia Estates are pressed into mega-mile motorway work, that added comfort and refinement will be very welcome indeed.
Twisty backroads aren't really Octavia's thing. While the steering is reasonably well weighted and there's good body control in bends, it always feels as though the car is much happier to be travelling at a more stately pace. It's telling that Octavia misses out on the XDS system, that you'll find on Golf and Leon (this allows the wheels to turn at different speeds and can slightly brake an inside wheel in a corner while sending more power to the outside wheel), but we so expect it to put in an appearance on the VRS.
There are no surprises with the engine line-up – all have featured in a wide range of cars throughout the Volkswagen Group, including the Octavia hatchback. The entry-level 1.2 TSI comes in at 105PS and 175Nm of torque.
Whereas this engine is fine for the hatch, it's touch-and-go whether it's too small for the estate. On the motorway and at cruising speeds, it isn't too much of an issue, but when it comes to hillier terrain, it can really be left wanting and regular gearchanges are needed. A full load in the back will only make matters worse.
A better bet is the 1.4 TSI with 140PS, which is available in higher specs. It gets a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and offers a far peppier drive.
Most buyers will opt for one of the two diesels. The 105 1.6-litre TDI grabs the headlines for being 99g/km as a manual and therefore exempt from road tax. With 250Nm of torque available from just 1500, it pulls sweetly and has plenty in reserve for overtaking – much more so that the 1.2-litre TSI petrol with the same power output. It is rather on the noisy side, though, especially at start-up and we'd be surprised if you could get close to the Combined consumption figure of 74.3 mpg that's being quoted.
The 2.0-litre TDI with 150PS is perceptibly more quiet and refined and at 1600kg offers the best towing weight of any Octavia Estate. Both the 1.6-litre diesel and 2.0-litre can be specified with four-wheel drive, which combined with winter tyres make them a good choice if you live in a more remote area.
When it comes to suspension set-ups, petrol-engined cars with more than 140PS and TDI models with more than 150PS get a more sophisticated multi-link rear suspension rather than the torsion beam on lower powered cars. This means better handling in corners and a firmer ride but it's still supple.
|1.0 TSI 115||59–63 mpg||9.9–10.2 s||105–114 g/km|
|1.0 TSI 115 DSG||58–61 mpg||10.0–10.3 s||107–114 g/km|
|1.2 TSI 105||55 mpg||10.5 s||117 g/km|
|1.2 TSI 105 DSG||57 mpg||10.6 s||115 g/km|
|1.2 TSI 110||58 mpg||9.8 s||114 g/km|
|1.2 TSI 110 DSG||58 mpg||10.0 s||113 g/km|
|1.4 TSI 140||53 mpg||8.5 s||121 g/km|
|1.4 TSI 140 DSG||57 mpg||8.6 s||116 g/km|
|1.4 TSI 150||53–55 mpg||8.2–8.5 s||119–124 g/km|
|1.4 TSI 150 DSG||57 mpg||8.3 s||114–117 g/km|
|1.5 TSI 150||52–57 mpg||8.3–8.4 s||115–124 g/km|
|1.5 TSI 150 DSG||54–58 mpg||8.4 s||114–119 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 105||74 mpg||11.0 s||99 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 105 4x4||60 mpg||11.7 s||119 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 105 DSG||71 mpg||11.1 s||104 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 110||72–74 mpg||10.8 s||99 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 110 4x4||64 mpg||11.1 s||118 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 110 DSG||72–74 mpg||10.9 s||99 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 110 Greenline||74–88 mpg||10.7 s||85–99 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 115||67–72 mpg||10.2–10.4 s||106–111 g/km|
|1.6 TDI 115 DSG||69–71 mpg||10.3–10.5 s||103–107 g/km|
|1.8 TSI||48 mpg||7.1 s||141 g/km|
|1.8 TSI DSG||50 mpg||7.2 s||132 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150||64–71 mpg||8.5–9.1 s||106–117 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 4x4||58–61 mpg||8.4–8.7 s||120–126 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 4x4 DSG||59 mpg||8.6 s||119–120 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 DSG||59–64 mpg||8.3–8.7 s||115–120 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 Scout 4x4||57–59 mpg||9.1 s||129–130 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 150 Scout 4x4 DSG||55 mpg||7.8 s||135 g/km|
|2.0 TDI 184 Scout 4x4 DSG||55–57 mpg||7.8 s||133–134 g/km|
|2.0 TSI 190 4x4 DSG||46–57 mpg||8.4 s||139 g/km|
|2.0 TSI 190 Scout 4x4 DSG||57 mpg||8.4 s||139 g/km|
Real MPG average for a Skoda Octavia Estate (2013)
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