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Skoda Octavia Estate

The Skoda Octavia estate has one of the biggest boots in its class, so it sets the benchmark for practicality. It’s also reliable and cheap to run.

Skoda Octavia estate

The Skoda Octavia estate is a brilliant all-rounder and one of the favourite cars because it's extremely good value for money and very practical.

The Octavia is as well built as any other model that uses Volkswagen Group components, but it's a lot cheaper than the Volkswagen Golf estate on which it's based. The cabin is beautifully finished and uncluttered, with excellent attention to detail.

Engines will be familiar from other Volkswagen Group cars and include everything from a frugal 1.6-litre TDI diesel in the GreenLine model to a turbocharged 2.0-litre TSI in the high-performance vRS.

While there are plenty of engines, our favourite is the 2.0-litre TDI diesel. It's quite a bit more powerful than the 1.6-litre and good for 0-62mph in 8.5 seconds – but it's still cheap to run and doesn’t cost much to tax, so it strikes the best real-world balance in the range.

There's no shortage of trim levels, either and although Skoda is known as a budget brand, the top-end Laurin & Klement model is really quite luxurious. Even the entry-level model includes equipment such as air-conditioning, alloy wheels, a touchscreen infotainment system and numerous safety features.

There are plenty of rival estates in the Skoda's price range, such as the Kia Cee'd SW estate, Hyundai i40 Tourer, Ford Focus estate and Volkswagen Golf estate – but few if any can match the Octavia in terms of the space and practicality it offers for the money.

MPG, running costs & CO2

The Skoda Octavia estate has an economical 1.6-litre TDI diesel which can return 74mpg and emits less than 100g/km of CO2

Engines, drive & performance

The Skoda Octavia estate is relaxing and quiet to drive

Interior & comfort

There’s loads of space in the Skoda Octavia estate and the interior feels solidly built

Practicality & boot space

The Skoda Octavia estate has one of the biggest boots in its class