The Octavia delivers a very comfortable driving position, with lots of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel to suit drivers of all shapes and sizes. Forget the stereotype of Skodas being cheaply built too because there’s a real swishness to the quality of the materials and an impressive sense of solidity to the assembly. And on its standard suspension the Octavia estate delivers an impressive blend of comfort and control, though it’s more settled at motorway speeds than it is around town. It’s worth noting the low-speed harshness is more pronounced on the bigger wheel options.
Options in the run-out range have been slimmed down but you may find stock cars with the multi-mode dampers. If it’s bundled in the price anyway then it’s worth having but we’d say it’s not worth spending extra for. Keen drivers will meanwhile appreciate the appreciate the significantly sportier character and improved handling of the vRS version, which is sharper to drive but still comfy.
The main reason for choosing the Octavia estate is, of course, the practicality offered by its huge boot
. Remember, this is technically a Golf-sized car but the space here is from a class above and offers tons of carrying space for families or those who need space for sporting equipment, work kit or similar. Rear leg and headroom is also super-generous and rivals much larger (and more expensive) cars. Features on all cars include an ice scraper inside the fuel flap, two USB ports, a bottle holder that lets you open the bottle with just one hand, and a removable, magnetic LED light in the boot.