Skoda Octavia Estate (2013 -) Safety & Reliability

Review by James Taylor on
Last Updated: 30 Oct 2015
4.5
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

Safety

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The Octavia has been given a five-star rating from independent safety body Euro NCAP, scoring particularly well for adult occupant protection.

There are seven airbags as standard: front, side, curtain and driver’s knee, and Skoda Octavia Estate safety credentials are also boosted by a roster of high-tech assistance systems.

These include Driver Fatigue Sensor, which monitors your inputs and sounds an alert if it thinks you’re nodding off; Lane Assistant, which uses a camera to track white lines on the road ahead and nudges the car back into lane if you stray off-course; Front Assistant, which effectively performs an emergency stop if it detects that you’re about to hit the car in front; and an Automatic Post-Collision Brake system, which puts the brakes on in the event of a crash to stop the car travelling further and going on to secondary impacts.

The latter is standard across all trim levels, while other systems are standard on Elegance models but optional on SE versions.

4.5 out of 5

Reliability

Previously, Skoda Octavia Estate reliability has been strong. Skodas often fare well in reliability and customer satisfaction surveys and the engines are shared with other cars in the VW Group line-up, so they are well-proven.

The new Octavia Estate is also lighter than before, which should help reduce wear and tear.

Car check problem points

Body

Check for signs of wear and tear, such as kerb damage to wheels or dents and scrapes in the bodywork from car parks.
Also look for any underbody damage to 4x4 models in case they've been used on rough terrain.

Engine/Gearbox

No problems reported.

Other

No problems reported.