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New Skoda Octavia Estate

By raccars Published

Following the news that Skoda make two of Britain's favourite cars, comes the latest version of the brand's medium sized family car, an estate available from 21st June. The beauty of Skodas has always been their affordability – the new Octavia estate starts at £16,790 – and, since the firm's re-invention at the hands of VW, their quality. This newest Skoda has all of that in spades.

The Octavia estate has always been big on space and practicality, but the newest version goes even further down that road. While there has been a price increase to reflect those improvements, enhanced equipment levels still make the Octavia excellent value for money.

The engine range has also been given some attention and at launch the Otavia estate will be available with 1.2 and 1.4 litre petrol plus 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesels units, all with turbochargers and a four-wheel drive option for the diesels. Later on there will also be a Greenline diesel, offering 83mpg and 87g/km in CO2 emissions and, more excitingly, a high performance vRS version.

One of the Octavia estate's best features is its spacious interior. The 610 litre boot has a flat loading floor to make loading heavy cargo easy, pus a clever system to lower or raise that floor to increase capacity or make it more accessible. With the seats down, the total capacity goes up to 1740 litres, beating rival estates the Ford Mondeo, VW Passat and Mazda6.

The new Octavia estate is equally spacious for passengers, seating five adults comfortably, with excellent visibility all-round and high-quality interior materials.

Even the entry-level S model benefits from air-conditioning, alloys, stability control, seven airbags, Bluetooth connectivity and a DAB radio with USB input. The extra cost of the SE adds dual-zone air-con, electric windows all-round and a fatigue sensor, while the range-topping Elegance includes integrated satellite navigation, cruise control, Alcantara leather upholstery and automatic sensor headlights and windscreen wipers.

On the road most buyers are likely to go for the diesel units, with the efficient 2.0 litre engine a particular winner. It has plenty of push in the lower ranges so the slight lack of refinement at high revs is unlikely to be obvious very often. The 1.4 litre petrol unit is equally lively but makes you work a bit harder for it.

While the Octavia estate's handling doesn't quite match its rival, the Mondeo, there is plenty of traction and control through even the tightest of corners. It's not the most glamorous of cars but this is a great all-rounder at a very tempting price.

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