“There’s more boot capacity than SUVs like the Karoq or electric Enyaq iV from elsewhere in the Skoda range”
Boot size will be a priority for estate car buyers and there are probably studio flats for sale with less interior space than the Octavia Estate, meaning it’s the perfect car for those with a lot of stuff to carry. By volume there’s more boot capacity than SUVs like the Karoq
or electric Enyaq iV
from elsewhere in the Skoda range and, while its Passat
relative has a fraction more space, the Octavia’s boot is usefully deep and square. This is also a big advantage when compared with rivals like the Peugeot 508
that put sleek looks ahead of practicality. You can also have a multi-level floor for hidden storage or a reversible one with a wipe-clean surface to protect from muddy kit as part of the optional Simply Clever pack, though disappointingly these features aren’t available on all models. Front and rear-seat passengers are similarly well catered for in space terms, with plenty of legroom and lots of nifty convenience features like phone storage sleeves on the back of the front seats.
Given the Octavia is the kind of car you’ll be loading for long holiday roadtrips it’s good to know it’s also very comfortable and refined, with pleasantly compliant suspension. You can pay extra for adjustable dampers to stiffen it up for twisty roads if you’d like but we’d probably save this for the high-performance vRS version to offset the stiffer chassis this comes with. If you live out in the wilds or up an unmade lane there is also the option to have a little more ground clearance with the Rough Road Package, which would make for a great all-seasons car for country dwellers when combined with an all-wheel drive model.