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SKODA OCTAVIA DIESEL ESTATE

2.0 TDI SE L 5dr

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

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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeManual
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency90.70mpg
Emissions
Emissions111.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed128mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 1x USB Type C port in rear view mirror (charging only)
  • 2x USB Type C ports (for charging and data transfer)
  • 2x USB Type C ports in rear of front centre armrest (charging only)
  • Bluetooth system
  • Columbus satellite navigation with 10" touchscreen display
  • Drive mode selector
  • Electro-mechanical power steering
  • Front assist system
  • Smartlink (includes android auto and mirrorlink)
  • Speed limiter
  • Virtual Cockpit - 10.25" digital display
  • Voice control system
  • Wireless SmartLink for Apple Car Play

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

  • Aero front windscreen wipers with intermittent function
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Chrome strip in lower front bumper
  • Chrome window surround
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Electric front and rear windows
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • High level third brake light
  • Ice scraper in fuel cap
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Rear fog light on one side
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear window wiper

Interior Features

  • 3 rear headrests
  • 4 foldable roof handles
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Front centre armrest
  • Front head restraints
  • Illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Leather trimmed gearshift lever
  • Luggage compartment lighting with two side lamps
  • Parcel shelf - rolling
  • Sun visors with mirrors
  • Sunglasses storage
  • Textile floor mat set
  • Ticket holder
  • Two-spoke leather multi function steering wheel
  • Umbrella in door panel
  • Unsplit rear bench seat and split folding backrest

Safety

  • 3 point front/outer rear seatbelts+pre-tensioners
  • Alarm with interior monitoring, tilt sensor and back up horn
  • Automatic door unlocking in case of crash
  • Automatic fuel cut off in case of crash
  • Automatic warning lights in case of emergency braking
  • Driver and passenger front and side airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Emergency call and proactive services
  • ESC including ABS, EBV, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR
  • Head and curtain airbags
  • Hill hold control
  • Hill start assist
  • ISOFIX on front passenger seat and outer rear seats
  • Manual rear child locks
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Visual and acoustic seat belt reminder
  • Warning reflectors in front door

Security

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

Trim

  • Chrome air vent surrounds

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO2 (g/km)
    101
  • HC
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.039
  • Particles
    0.0005
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    111
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    111
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    111
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
    110
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
    96
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
    163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
    153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
    124
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
    108

Engine and Drive Train

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

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    74.3
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    91.1
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    54.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    5.0
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    4.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
    4.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
    3.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
    6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    4.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    57.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
    56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
    67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max
    67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min
    76.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
    45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
    60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
    68.9

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    116
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    TDI
  • Coin Series
    SE L
  • Generation Mark
    4
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    15E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    92
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    88
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    73
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    79
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    130000
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    10.4
  • Engine Power - BHP
    116
  • Engine Power - KW
    85
  • Engine Power - RPM
    2750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    221
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    30.6
  • Engine Torque - NM
    300
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1600
  • Top Speed
    128

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    205/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    205/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    ROTARE
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    Not Available
  • Height (including roof rails)
    1468
  • Length
    4689
  • Wheelbase
    2686
  • Width
    1829
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1994

Weight and Capacities

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

   
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Madeline Biggs

"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"2 weeks ago"

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"I'm so impressed with the level of service that I have been provided with by both Ryan and Holly. All of my questions were answered quickly and clearly, my new car is absolutely beautiful and I can't believe how quick delivery was! Thank you so much guys! :)"

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"The team at Silverstone have been brilliant, my journey started with Ryan who looked after me initially and provided all the quotes on different vehicles, lease lengths & mileage options he never lost interest and was always there to tweak as I needed, nothing was too much trouble. The order process was simple and I was kept up to date all the way through. Holly then picked up my account and was nothing short of amazing! She has the patience of a saint, keeping me updated on the phone, email and through the vehicle tracker all the while dealing with me and my constant questions! A few teething issues on delivery but all down to Tesla and as soon as I asked for help Holly stepped up to help get them all sorted! I would highly recommend to anyone!"

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