Review: Skoda Octavia Estate (2013)

Rating:

Roomy. More load space than the old car. Flexible and practical. Haldex clutched 4WD Scout version.

More expensive than before.

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Skoda Octavia Estate (2013): At A Glance

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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What does a Skoda Octavia Estate (2013) cost?

List Price from £18,605
Buy new from £13,840
Contract hire from £137.16 per month
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Skoda Octavia Estate (2013): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4659–4687 mm
Width 1814–2071 mm
Height 1461–1531 mm
Wheelbase 2680–2686 mm

Full specifications

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?

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.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
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 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 8.5–8.6 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)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

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Average performance

80%

Real MPG

34–75 mpg

MPGs submitted

486

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I have a budget of £15,000 and am looking for an estate car with a petrol engine - what do you suggest?

I have a budget of £15,000 and am looking for an estate car with a petrol engine. What would be the best choice?
A Vauxhall Insignia Tourer might be a good option. It's very practical and represents very good value for money, with nearly-new examples available within your budget. You could also consider the slightly smaller Skoda Octavia - it has a huge boot for its size.
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