Skoda Octavia Estate Review 2024
Skoda Octavia Estate At A Glance
Despite the popularity of crossover SUVS, traditional estate cars like the Skoda Octavia remain a very practical choice for families. Being related to the SEAT Leon Estate and Volkswagen Golf Estate gives the Skoda some strong competition, but the Skoda Octavia Estate still manages to impress.
The previous-generation Skoda Octavia Estate was very popular with both new- and used-car buyers, thanks to its generous interior space and robust quality. With this fourth-generation Octavia, Skoda has moved the car further upmarket – without forgetting what made its predecessor so successful.
Skoda has reduced the size of the Octavia Estate range, leaving a choice of just two petrol engines, plus two versions of the 2.0-litre diesel.
All the engines deliver impressive levels of fuel economy, helping ensure low running costs. A plug-in hybrid Octavia iV was previously offered by Skoda, but this has now disappeared from UK price lists.
There’s also no option to purchase the off-road-capable Octavia Scout Estate, which is reserved solely for fleet customers. This means Skoda no longer offers a cut-price alternative to the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, but an all-wheel-drive version of Octavia 2.0 TDI diesel (albeit without raised suspension) is still sold.
The sporty Octavia vRS Estate also remains, and is deserving of a separate review as the ‘halo model’ in the range.
At its core, the Skoda Octavia Estate remains a practical family car, aided by a 640-litre boot capacity. This is 30 litres more than the (already sizable) offering in the previous Octavia wagon, and means the latest car can cope with almost anything you throw at it.
Dropping the back seats flat – easily done thanks to buttons just inside the boot opening – increases luggage space to a van-like 1700 litres.
The Skoda Octavia Estate’s interior certainly won’t remind you of a commercial vehicle, though, thanks to the premium touches throughout. Compared to the previous version, Skoda has improved the quality of materials, introducing a sense of genuine plushness.
On the range-topping SE L model, the dashboard is finished in microsuede upholstery. This gives it a particularly classy finish, and one that pushes the Octavia Estate ahead of the Volkswagen Golf Estate in terms of premium feel.
In line with most cars, prices for the Octavia Estate have become more expensive. At the time of writing, they start at just over £25,000, but still manage to undercut the Volkswagen Golf Estate.
Strong levels of standard equipment offset the higher prices, with dual-zone climate control, LED headlights, cruise control and rear parking sensors all fitted as standard. A 10.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is used to control most interior functions, although it can prove to be a lesson in frustration.
Despite the infotainment annoyances, and a list price that has crept upwards, the Skoda Octavia Estate is still worth your attention as a family car. It really delivers on space, practicality and value for money, making it a perfect workhorse for day-to-day life.