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  • The new Skoda Octavia hatchback impressed us with its size, and as Mat declared - size

  • does matter, well it does doesn't it? So if it's more room for luggage that you need,

  • look no further than the practical Estate version.

  • It is longer and wider than the previous estate model and comes complete with practical roof

  • rails fitted as standard and a huge 610-litre boot earning it more practicality brownie

  • points. The longer wheelbase means there is acres of room inside, in both the front and

  • the back.

  • Back to that huge boot... In fact it is the biggest in class (and 30 litres bigger than

  • before) dwarfing its rivals with its immense space. And

  • to create even more space fold the seats down, like this. The rear seat folding mechanism

  • is now much simpler to operate from the rear of the car thanks to a new remote lever positioned

  • here.

  • As is the case with the hatchback, there is plenty of legroom and headroom, which the

  • estate also offers in abundance thanks to the longer wheelbase and larger dimensions.

  • The controls are logically laid out, the dials easy to read and the entire dashboard looks

  • smart and well put together.

  • There are plenty of soft touch materials as well, making the new Octavia estate feel much

  • more upmarket. Talking of touching this screen senses when your finger is near and lights

  • up the buttons - I like this clever feature. Spec levels are generous with all models coming

  • with 7 airbags, air conditioning, cooled glove box - for my Orangina - and alloy wheels.

  • Despite

  • being slightly heavier than the hatchback, this estate drives very well. The controls

  • are nicely weighted yet easy to operate and it handles well thanks to a decent suspension

  • setup. Plus you can adjust the settings of how it drives here.

  • Now, Mat shocked us with his recommendation for the tiny 1.2-litre petrol engine in the

  • hatchback, but what about the estate? Due to its extra bulk, this model suits the TDI

  • diesels a bit better, especially if you intend to tow a trailer or caravan. For example the

  • 1.6 TDI can return 74.3 miles per gallon and the more powerful 2.0 TDI can achieve 67.3

  • miles per gallon, although obviously not with a trailer attached. All can be paired up with

  • a manual or DSG automatic gearbox and if for the smaller 1.6 diesel it's free to tax. Yes

  • free, that has to be everyone's favourite price tag.

  • Having said all that you might like to be one of those estate people that needs all

  • that room for their really cool hobbies such as rock climbing, abseiling, surfing, deep

  • sea fishing and BMX'ing but wants a powerful fast car to squeeze all the equipment into.

  • That will be the vRS version then with a 0-62 time of less than 7 seconds to keep up with

  • your fast paced hobby list.

  • Now we have praised this estate car so much, it is now time to move on the negatives. After

  • awarding the hatchback with best family car 2013, it is rather hard to find fault in it.

  • I do have one though...

  • Yes I know it's huge, HOWEVER it does have downsides. The load lip although smaller than

  • the outgoing model, is still large. The seats don't fold completely flat and the boot is

  • an awkward shape so very large items such as washing machines will be difficult to transport.

  • Just like the hatchback though, these are very minor points, and overall the Skoda Octavia

  • Estate is the perfect blend of practicality, comfort and it's cheap to run!

The new Skoda Octavia hatchback impressed us with its size, and as Mat declared - size

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Skoda Octavia estate 2013 review - CarBuyer

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