Although the Octavia is already the most spacious car in its class, the Estate is even bigger. It has a 610-litre boot with the seats up – 20 litres more than the hatch – and a capacity of 1,740 litres with the rear seats folded. That’s 160 litres more than the hatch.
Comparisons to the Octavia Estate’s rivals are even more impressive: the Renault Megane Sport Tourer has a 524-litre boot, while the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer’s load area takes 500 litres. The Octavia also features class-leading rear legroom.
Practical touches include a double-sided boot floor – with carpet on one side and rubber on the other – plus a rubbish bin and an ice scraper hidden in the fuel filler cap.
The estate will be available with the same range of engines as the hatchback, but Skoda will also introduce a 4x4 model at Geneva, although it hasn’t confirmed which engines will get the system.
Expect to see the usual S, SE and Elegance models, as well as an efficient Greenline, with CO2 emissions around 90g/km.
The Octavia Estate will go on sale soon, and is expected to cost from around £17,000.