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Skoda Octavia Estate

7/10
Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Skoda Octavia Estate

£20,680£29,700

Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

Well thought out, versatile and thoroughly decent family estate. The weeniest bit boring

Like we said earlier, it’s a car of two halves. If you’re looking for a sensible estate car, a standard Octavia ought to do everything you need. It has one of the biggest boots at any price, loads of room for people and a logical interior layout that should make driving it and living with it painless.

If that all sounds a teeny bit boring, you’d be right. The Octavia doesn’t really major on fun, and the interior design and materials lack a bit of glamour. Skoda’s newer SUV range is more interesting, sophisticated family transport these days, but it’s also pricier than the Octavia, too.

Luckily there’s the quicker, sharper Octavia vRS to liven things up. It still lacks glamour compared to its hot hatch rivals, but a manual vRS 245 estate is a pretty compelling proposition and offers a combination of mechanical bits that nothing else in the VW Group does.

Our choice from the range

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1.5 TSI SE 5dr

£21,935
N/A
57mpg
8.80s
150bhp
113g/km
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