SKODA

SKODA OCTAVIA DIESEL ESTATE 2.0 TDI SE L 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2117 g/km

Skoda Octavia Estate got a lot bigger in its third generation guise and becomes larger still in this more sophisticated MK4 model form. It's still great value for money, equipment levels are strong and it now holds up to 640-litres without having to fold the back seats. That's more than most pricier Mondeo-segment station wagon models.

BIGGER ASPIRATIONS

Skoda's fourth generation Octavia Estate continues to go large. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Skoda Octavia Estate got a lot bigger in its third generation guise and becomes larger still in this more sophisticated MK4 model form. It's still great value for money, equipment levels are strong and it now holds up to 640-litres without having to fold the back seats. That's more than most pricier Mondeo-segment station wagon models.

Background

Do you really need a small estate car? The whole purpose of an estate car is its easy load lugging ability and to choose a small one is a bit like choosing a slow supercar or an ugly coupe; it pretty much defeats the initial point. But if you want a new car, you've to keep to a budget and fancy a station wagon over an SUV, going for a decently-sized Mondeo or Passat-class estate costs serious money these days. Which you might think would leave you needing to look at a late, low mileage decently-sized estate rather than something new. Before you do that though, check out the car we're looking into here, the latest MK4 version of Skoda's Octavia Estate. It might just surprise you.

Driving Experience

The powerplant range here has a familiar look if you're familiar with Skoda's borrowed Wolfsburg-sourced engineware. Volume sales are based around either a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine, offered in either 115 or 150PS guises. Or the brand's usual 1.5 TSI EVO 150PS petrol powerplant, which gets the brand's 'e-TECH'-branded 48-volt mild hybrid engine tech when mated to DSG auto transmission. You can also talk to your dealer about an entry-level 1.0-litre three cylinder 110PS petrol unit, which in DSG auto form, also gets that mild hybrid technology. The top vRS sporting model offers two conventional engines, a 245PS 2.0-litre TSI petrol unit and a 200PS 2.0 TDI diesel, the latter available with the option of 4WD. If you want an extra does of electrification, the Octavia model line offers two plug-in hybrid 'iV' model options. This powertrain is offered in 204PS form or, with the sporty vRS iV, in uprated 245PS guise. Like its predecessor, this MK4 Octavia uses the Volkswagen Group's MQB front wheel drive and All-Wheel Drive platform, but in this case the revised version of it that recently debuted on the new-era MK8 Volkswagen Golf.

Design and Build

The Estate body style measures in at the same 4.69m length figure as the equivalent hatch, which makes this latest version 22mm longer than its direct predecessor and 15mm wider. That means 30-litres more boot space and more generous passenger room. Actual boot capacity is therefore bigger than ever - 640-litres is claimed before you start folding seats. If you do that, then 1,700-litres of space can be freed up. Visually, you'd certainly recognise this as an Octavia Estate if you'd owned one before, but the car now looks a little more mature and sophisticated and features full-LED headlights as standard. LED lighting also features in the wider, thinner rear lamps. Where work was needed on this model line though, was in the cabin. Skoda interiors have always been smart and functional but a little dull. This one could almost fool you that you were sitting in a VW Passat Estate, which is another way of saying that quite a big step forward in perceived quality has been now made. Softer-touch plastics, much more chrome trim and configurable LED ambient lighting all now feature and the new two-spoke multi-function steering wheel looks smart too. As is the current fashion, a digital instrument binnacle display is available, this one 10.25-inches in size. It's complemented by your choice of centre-dash screen; there are four choices, a base 8.25-inch monitor, then, if you can afford more, three 10-inch displays of varying functionality.

Market and Model

If you're anything like most, you'll probably be shocked at the prices of new cars. This is a time when Vauxhall can charge you up to £26,000 for a Corsa and still keep a straight face and as such, the fact that you can buy a Skoda Octavia Estate for a starting figure beginning at not much more than £20,000 seems extremely reasonable. Positively generous in fact. Okay, so that'll mean the entry level engine and trim, but even that includes quite a lot these days. For the time being, the core trim level is 'SE Technology' and pricing sits primarily in the £23,500-£25,000 bracket. Plus there are also 'SE First Edition' and 'SE L First Edition' launch variants. Whichever trim level you opt for, as usual, there's a premium of around £1,000 if you want this estate rather than the five-door hatch. As usual with a Skoda, all variants get as standard a range of practical 'Simply Clever' features. In this case, that means a helpful AdBlue nozzle for diesel variants and familiar touches like an ice scraper secreted in the fuel cap and a ticket clip on the driver's side A-pillar. If you've more to spend, a 'Sleep package' can be added that'll give you more comfortable rear seat head rests, stowed blankets and sun blinds. Other extras include massaging front seats, a head-up display and Matrix LED headlights that adapt to the road and other vehicles. As you'd expect, camera-driven safety kit provision has taken a step forward. The brand's 'Collision Avoidance Assistance' autonomous braking system is, as expected, standard right across the range, along with lane departure warning featuring steering assistance and predictive cruise control, which works alongside an updated traffic sign recognition set-up. If you specify your car correctly, you'll find that the cruise control set-up can combine with Skoda's 'Lane Keep Assist' and 'Traffic Jam Assist' systems to provide for a degree of semi-autonomous driving.

Cost of Ownership

You'll be wanting the WLTP emissions figures that'll determine this car's tax status. For the manual 1.5 TSI petrol, it's 130g/km. For the 2.0 TDI 115PS diesel manual, it's 118g/km. For the 2.0 TDI 150PS auto, it's 123g/km. The e-TECH system that features on Octavia 1.0 and 1.5 TSI petrol models fitted with DSG auto transmission is of course the same one we're increasingly seeing on various VW Group models. To recap, it pairs a 12-volt belt-driven starter motor with a small 48-volt lithium ion-battery, which stores energy that's recuperated under braking. The setup assists the petrol engine with a small electric boost, while also enabling this Skoda to coast with the engine completely disengaged at speed on the highway, improving efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions. Don't get your hopes up too high though, as to the effect all of this will have on your running costs. Experience with equivalent Audis has shown us that it doesn't make an enormous amount of difference. If a difference is what you want, then what you need is the Octavia iV (apparently the letters referenvce 'innovative car'), which is the brand's first plug-in model in this segment. Here, a 1.4 TSI petrol engine combines with an e-motor fed by a 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack and, when the cells are fully charged, will enable an Octavia iV to travel for a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of 34 miles.

Summary

There aren't too many cars that have improved their appeal quite as markedly as this fourth generation Skoda Octavia estate. Yes, it's more efficient, better built and better equipped, which are all decisively good things. But the key to this car's big draw is simple. It's much bigger than before but the prices haven't taken a sharp climb. The Octavia was already one of the best value cars in the family hatchback station wagon sector. It's no longer really in that sector but now gives cars like the estate versions of the Mazda6 and the Ford Mondeo a real headache. The best value is to be had at the entry-level end of the Octavia Estate range. At the top end of the line-up, it's easy to see many trading equipment for badge equity and defecting to Volkswagen or Audi products, but given that they're all built by the same group, that might not be such a bad thing. Not so much if the money was going to BMW or Mercedes though. As it stands, this is a solid seven out of ten car. You'll love it.

  • Rear privacy glass
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Rear window wiper
  • Aero front windscreen wipers with intermittent function
  • Electric front and rear windows

  • ESC including ABS, EBV, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR
  • Hill start assist
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Hill hold control
  • Rear disc brakes

  • Textile floor mat set

  • 2x USB Type C ports (for charging and data transfer)
  • 2x USB Type C ports in rear of front centre armrest (charging only)
  • 1x USB Type C port in rear view mirror (charging only)
  • Voice control system
  • Bluetooth system

  • Speed limiter
  • Drive mode selector
  • Electro-mechanical power steering
  • Front assist system

  • Wireless SmartLink for Apple Car Play
  • Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" digital display
  • Columbus satellite navigation with 10" touchscreen display
  • Smartlink (includes android auto and mirrorlink)

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror

  • Chrome air vent surrounds

  • DAB Digital radio

  • Chrome window surround
  • Rear spoiler
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Chrome strip in lower front bumper
  • Ice scraper in fuel cap

  • Rear fog light on one side
  • High level third brake light

  • Sunglasses storage
  • Illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Leather trimmed gearshift lever
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Ticket holder
  • 4 foldable roof handles
  • Parcel shelf - rolling
  • Two-spoke leather multi function steering wheel
  • Umbrella in door panel
  • Front centre armrest

  • Luggage compartment lighting with two side lamps

  • Emergency call and proactive services
  • Automatic door unlocking in case of crash
  • Head and curtain airbags
  • Automatic fuel cut off in case of crash
  • ISOFIX on front passenger seat and outer rear seats
  • Visual and acoustic seat belt reminder
  • Warning reflectors in front door
  • Alarm with interior monitoring, tilt sensor and back up horn
  • Automatic warning lights in case of emergency braking
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • 3 point front/outer rear seatbelts+pre-tensioners
  • Two tone horn
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch

  • 3 rear headrests
  • Front head restraints
  • Height adjustable passenger seat with lumbar support
  • Unsplit rear bench seat and split folding backrest

  • Door locks with immobiliser
  • Keyless entry and start/stop including rear doors
  • Remote central locking

  • Sun visors with mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 92
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.046
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 117
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 114
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 97
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 117

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.0:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 81
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 95.5
  • CC: 1968

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 67.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 91.1
  • EC Combined (mpg): 90.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 76.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 55.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 3.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.1

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 15E
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 130000
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 116
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE L
  • Coin Description: TDI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 85
  • Engine Power - RPM: 2750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
  • Engine Power - BHP: 116
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.4
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: ROTARE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R17

  • Width (including mirrors): 1994
  • Height: 1468
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4689
  • Width: 1829
  • Wheelbase: 2686

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1360
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1940
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 47.8
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 640
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 710
  • Max. Loading Weight: 580
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1700
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.4

  • Wireless charging: £325

  • Lane assist: Included
  • Park assist (inc front/rear parking sensors): £345
  • Adaptive cruise control: Included
  • Blind Spot Detection (BAS): £500
  • Front and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist: Included
  • Rear-view parking camera (Inc Full Matrix LED headlights,rear LED lights (high),dynamic indicators,cornering front fog lights): £1,975
  • Rear-view parking camera Inc Rear LED lights (high) and dynamic indicators: £595

  • Virtual pedal with electrically operated boot door (Rear LED lights (high functionality), dynamic indicators and power operated child safety locks): £825
  • Electrically operated boot door (Includes rear LED lights (high functionality) and dynamic indicators and power-operated child safety locks): £640
  • Boot lid release from inside vehicle (electrically): Included

  • Driver fatigue sensor: £45
  • Travel assist: £395
  • Travel Assist - in combination with a winter pack: £255
  • Head up Display: £690

  • Blind spot detection with electrically adjustable, heated, folding and auto dimming door mirrors: £535
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors with auto dimming: Included

  • Silver squares haptik decorative inserts: Included
  • Piano black decorative inserts: £0

  • Canton sound system: £685
  • 8 speakers: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £595
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Pearlescent paint: £595
  • Panoramic sunroof: £1,150
  • Exclusive paint: £975

  • LED front fog lights: Included
  • Headlight washers: Included
  • LED rear lights - low functionality: Included
  • Full LED Matrix headlights with AFS and integrated headlight washers, rear LED lights and dynamic indicators and cornering front fog lights: £1,575
  • LED headlights with LED daytime running lights: Included

  • Climatronic dual-zone electronic air conditioning: Included

  • Variable boot floor: Included
  • Leather upholstery: £260
  • Microsuede cloth upholstery: Included
  • Satin black microsuede with grey stitching in padded dash panel: Included
  • Satin black microsuede with Stone beige stitching in dash board pads: £0
  • Tetris black fabric with grey stitching in dash board pads: £0
  • Beige dashboard trim: £0

  • LED interior light pack - Octavia: £260
  • Winter pack - Octavia with Heated rear seats: £935
  • Winter pack - Octavia: £480
  • Simply clever pack - Octavia: £95

  • Metallic - Moon white: £595
  • Metallic - Titan blue: £595
  • Metallic - Petrol Blue: £595
  • Metallic - Race blue: £595
  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £595
  • Metallic - Brilliant silver: £595

  • Pearl - Black magic: £595

  • Solid - Energy blue: £0

  • Exclusive paint - Crystal black: £975
  • Special solid - Corrida red: £595
  • Exclusive paint - Velvet red: £975

  • Crew protection assist and rear side airbags: £495
  • Manual rear child locks: Included
  • Driver and passenger front and side airbags: Included

  • Height adjustable driver seat with lumbar support: Included
  • Heated front seats: Included
  • Electrically adjustable driver's seat with memory and lumbar support: £445

  • Towing preparation: £195
  • Integrated tow bar with adapter: £955

  • Microsuede cloth - Black: £0
  • Microsuede cloth - Beige: £0

  • Leather - Black: £260

  • 18" Perseus alloy wheels: £340
  • 18" Perseus anthracite alloy wheels: £680
  • 17" Rotare Aero alloy wheels: Included
  • 17" Pulsar Aero black alloy wheels: £0

  • Temporary space saver wheel with 205/60 R16 tyre: £180
  • Temporary space saver wheel with 125/70 R18 tyre: £180
  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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