Skoda Octavia Estate (2013 -) Buying & Selling

Review by James Taylor on
Last Updated: 30 Oct 2015
Hot on the heels of the hatchback version comes the Skoda Octavia Estate, offering cavernous space for both people and luggage, low running costs and very competitive pricing. It’s not the most exciting car in the world, either to look at or to sit in, but as a car that does exactly what it sets out to do it’s very hard to fault.

4 out of 5

Buying new

The Octavia Estate has plenty to recommend it. It’s a practical and easy-to-live with car which, at only a few hundred pounds more expensive than the Octavia hatch, is very good value.

Opting for the mid-range SE trim could be a good bet. It’s likely to be the most popular version, which can be a benefit in terms of resale values when the time comes to sell the car on.

The extra performance of the 2.0-litre diesel is nice to have on tap, but the 1.6 TDI will be more than capable enough for most drivers’ needs, as will the manual gearbox.

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4.5 out of 5

Buying used

High-mileage ex-fleet cars – of which there will be quite a few – could be worth a look. If most of the miles are covered on motorways, wear and tear can be fairly minimal.

As ever, check the car has a decent service and maintenance history. If a car’s interior looks like it’s been well-looked afer, that’s usually a positive sign that the rest of the car will have been cared for too.

A Parkers Car History Check can let you know if the car has been stolen, written off or has any outstanding finance left over.

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3.5 out of 5


Diesel cars will be the most sought-after, while cars with the little 1.2 TSI petrol engine might be harder to move on.

A full service history and maintenance file is invaluable, and giving the interior a proper top-to-toe clean will help create a good impression.