Skoda Octavia Estate (2013) Review

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Skoda Octavia Estate (2013) At A Glance

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

More expensive than before.

New prices start from £19,510, brokers can source from £17,167
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.

Skoda Octavia Estate 2013 Road Test

Skoda Octavia Scout 2013 Road Test

Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0TSI 230 Estate 2016 Road Test

Skoda Octavia 2017 Range Road Test (including estate)

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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.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

80%

Real MPG

34–75 mpg

MPGs submitted

522

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

ASK HJ

Can you recommend a bike rack for a car with a spoiler?
I'm looking for some advice about a suitable bike carrier for three bikes - which would be best to fit to the boot of my Skoda Octavia estate VRS. Searching online, a number of options pop up, including Thule. But looking a little closer at the details, they say not to fit it if the car has an optional boot spoiler, which mine does. Can you offer some advice?
Bike carriers for cars with spoilers can be quite tricky to find, and those that do fit might scratch the paintwork. Thule is a very good brand so we'd definitely suggest that over some cheaper bike racks. Interestingly, we've actually tested a couple of Thule bike racks on a Skoda Octavia Estate vRS - so I'll link you to the reviews of each so you can figure out what's best for you. Both racks are for two bikes, but I'm pretty certain you can get them in 3-bike variants, too. Thule Easyfold XT 2 933 bike carrier rack (2 bikes, more expensive option, tow bar mounted): https://kit.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/review-thule-easyfold-xt-2-933-bike-carrier-rack/ Thule 991 RaceWay 2 bicycle carrier (2 bikes, rear-mounted): https://kit.honestjohn.co.uk/reviews/review-thule-raceway-bicycle-carrier/ A separate update on the 991 Raceway that's Octavia specific: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/our-cars/skoda-octavia-vrs-estate/our-new-thule-bike-rack-is-pressed-into-service/
Answered by Georgia Petrie
Can you tell me which spacious, economical estate or small van I should go for?
I'm a touring musician and I'm moving to a rural location. I have a budget of 12-15,000 and I'd like something very economical with good comfort. I have a load of kit, so need either an estate or a small van. Lots of conflicting information online, and finding it hard to decide between a Ford Mondeo, Ford Tourneo Connect or Mercedes-Benz C-Class. I'm a massive Volvo fan but none of the estates have anywhere near the mpg of the others unless I'm mistaken. What would you recommend?
The Ford Tourneo Connect would be a sensible choice. It's very comfortable, practical and easy to drive. If you want something more refined, the Skoda Ocatvia Estate would be a good alternative. It has a huge boot and the 1.6 and 2.0 TDIs will return around 55-60mpg. A budget of £15,000 will easily get you a 2019 Octavia: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Skoda/Octavia/shape-Estate/TDi/?age=2&l=0&p2=15000&s=PriceDesc
Answered by Dan Powell
Can you recommend a family car for driving in London's low emissions zones?
My niece lives in east London and needs to change her old Audi A4 for a larger family vehicle. She needs space for two children in car seats, one child sitting in a normal car seat plus two adults. They like to camp, so a good size luggage area would really help. Bearing in mind the restrictions of London's Low Emissions Zone, do you have any suggestions? They have a budget of £10,000, but may be able to squeeze a little more for a good deal. Any help or guidance will be much appreciated. Thanks.
Skoda Octavia Estate. It has a huge boot and is offered with diesel or petrol engines: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/skoda/octavia-estate-2013/ A budget of £10,000 should get a 2016/17 model: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/cars-for-sale/search/Skoda/Octavia/shape-Estate/?l=0&p2=10000&s=PriceDesc
Answered by Dan Powell
What cars are best for tall families?
My husband is 6'5" tall and I have two growing teenager sons who are also tall. Plus, two large dogs. What estate, SUV, minivan or pick-up would you recommend?
The best car for your needs will probably be the Skoda Superb Estate. It has a huge boot and has lots of head and legroom for those in the front and rear seats: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/skoda/superb-estate-2015/ If your budget doesn't stretch to the Superb. Then consider the Octavia Estate: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/carbycar/skoda/octavia-estate-2013
Answered by Dan Powell

What does a Skoda Octavia Estate (2013) cost?

Buy new from £17,167 (list price from £22,370)
Contract hire from £137.16 per month
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