18 September 2020
The fourth-generation Skoda Octavia Estate has been extensively renewed but has only grown slightly in length, by about 3cm, compared to its predecessor. The exterior looks more sophisticated, with clear lines on the sides and a new taillight design.
The modern interior has a good fit and finish, with a high level of perceived quality, and features a standard 10.25” virtual cockpit as well as a 10” touchscreen on the centre console. The Octavia also has some very practical solutions; a neatly stowed Skoda umbrella in the front door, an ice scraper near to the fuel filler, mobile phone pockets for passengers and comfortable headrests in the rear seats, as well as a double boot floor and an automatic retractable boot cover, which are specific to the estate version. The boot size is now best-in-class, with a capacity of 640 litres that rises to a cavernous 1,700 litres with the rear seats folded.
The diesel variant of the new Octavia has CO2 emissions below 100g and Skoda has announced two plug-in hybrid versions, with 204hp and 245hp (with the suffix iV), as well as mild-hybrid (designated e-TEC) and compressed natural gas variants (designated G-TEC).
The list prices of the Octavia have increased but there is a good ratio of cost and equipment. However, the Octavia built its reputation on being more affordable than its competitors and although it still offers more value for money, it does not have the keen price advantage that it once did.
Click here or on the image below to read Autovista Group’s benchmarking of the Skoda Octavia Estate in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.
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