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The Top Gear car review:Skoda Octavia Estate

Overall verdict
Well thought out, versatile and thoroughly decent family estate. Difficult to criticise on any level.


Sharper looks, massive boot, significantly enhanced rear seat space


For the job it was designed to do, almost nothing


What is it?

The current Octavia is based on the VW Group’s much talked about MQB platform, allowing plentiful versatility in design and engineering. Skoda has fully capitalised on this with the third-generation Octavia: a combination of all-round ability and prices firmly rooted in the real world mean it’s a very hard car to criticise. 

The latest addition to the range is the new Audi Allroad-style Scout. Can’t be bothered with the flashy fuss these modern crossover SUVs bring with them, but still need something that’ll get you out of a muddy field? The Scout’s your answer (and even in all-singing top-line 184bhp 4x4 DSG spec, it still comes in at just over £28,000…). 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
2.0 TSI 245 vRS 5dr DSG
6.7s 146g/km 44.1 245 £29,930
The cheapest
1.0 TSI S 5dr
10.1s 110g/km 58.9 115 £18,200
The greenest
1.6 TDI 110 SE Technology 5dr
10.8s 99g/km 74.3 110 £21,520
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