Skoda Octavia Estate vs rivals

We see if the Skoda Octavia Estate can fend off competition from the Volkswagen Golf Estate and Kia Cee'd Sportswagon

Carrying cargo – whether it’s flown across the globe or lugged along the motorway – is much easier if you have plenty of space at your disposal.

And the great thing about the latest compact family estates is that they rival cars in the class above for boot size. Upmarket appeal has improved markedly, too. The newest car in the class, the VW Golf Estate, aims to offer the best mix of talents necessary to become the new front-runner.

Skoda Octavia Estate in-depth review

Volkswagen Golf Estate in-depth review 

Kia Cee'd Sportswagon in-depth review

Unfortunately for VW, it has to face up to some very strong rivals – and we’ve lined up two of the best for its first test. First up is the Skoda Octavia Estate. It’s our reigning Estate Car of the Year thanks to its big boot and excellent quality, and as it’s based on the same running gear as the Golf, it should be closely matched when it comes to performance.

We’ve also brought along the Kia Cee’d Sportswagon. The Cee’d offers a tempting combination of value-for-money pricing and a decent amount of standard equipment, while the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine is more powerful than the 1.6-litre TDI used to power the VW and Skoda.


The Octavia has the biggest boot here, but the floor isn’t completely flat with the seats folded. The Cee’d is the only car here with a level floor, although you have to flip up the seatbases to benefit. The VW and Skoda get four bag hooks each and come with a through loading hatch (below). Remove the Golf’s false floor and it has the most space underneath – plus a spare wheel – while the Kia has some useful storage trays under its boot floor.


The Golf has a more upright rear end and its tailgate opens wider than its rivals’, so there’s less chance of hitting your head against it. The Kia’s tailgate is hinged further forward and has the least amount of space underneath.


It's the most powerful car here, but the Cee’d also managed to return the best economy, at 47.4mpg. Some of that advantage is down to the fact that you don’t need to work the engine quite as hard to make progress. The DSG-equipped Golf returned 46.1mpg, which was better than the manual Octavia’s 45.2mpg. Official figures claim the six-speed manual VW will return 72.4mpg, compared to 70.6mpg for the seven-speed DSG, so you can expect it to be better than the Skoda, too.

1st place - Skoda

Another victory for the Octavia Estate, but it’s an extremely close result. While it has the largest boot here and plenty of neat touches, the Golf is nearly as practical and the Octavia lags slightly behind for comfort and quality. Better standard kit and aftersales support tip the verdict in the Skoda’s favour.

2nd place - Volkswagen

The latest Golf Estate runs the Octavia close for space and has a number of useful, practical features. It matches the Golf hatch for interior quality, handling and refinement. However, the level of standard equipment isn’t quite as good as in its rivals here, and it looks rather plain, too.

3rd place - KIA

Third place seems harsh on the Cee’d. It’s not as big as the Skoda inside and the cabin is quite dark, yet there’s lots of kit for your money. You also get a powerful diesel engine plus the reassurance of fixed-price servicing and a seven-year warranty. But poor residuals and emissions let it down.

   Skoda Octavia EstateVW Golf EstateKia Cee’d Sportswagon
   1.6 TDI Elegance1.6 TDI DSG SE1.6 CRDi 3 
On the road price/total as tested£21,890/£23,985£23,150/£24,530£21,095/£21,570
Residual value (after 3yrs/36k miles)£9,544/43.6%£10,494/45.3%£7,649/36.3%
Depreciation £12,346 £12,565 £13,446 
Annual tax liability std/higher rate£611/£1,223£685/£1,370£757/£1,515
Annual fuel cost (12k/20k miles)£1,664/£2,774£1,632/£2,720£1,587/£2,645
Ins. group/quote/road tax band/cost14/£330/A/£011/£333/B/£2013/£375/C/£30
Cost of 1st/2nd/3rd service£129/£249/£129£299 (3yrs/30k)£329 (3yrs/30k)
Length/wheelbase 4,659/2,686mm4,562/2,635mm4,505/2,650mm
Height/width 1,465/1,814mm1,481/1,799mm1,485/1,780mm
Engine  4cyl in-line/1,598cc4cyl in-line/1,598cc4cyl in-line/1,582cc
Peak power/revs 104/3,000 bhp/rpm104/3,000 bhp/rpm126/4,000 bhp/rpm
Peak torque/revs 250/1,500 Nm/rpm250/1,500 Nm/rpm260/1,900 Nm/rpm
Transmission 5-spd man/fwd7-spd auto/fwd6-spd man/fwd
Fuel tank capacity/spare wheel50 litres/£7550 litres/space saver53 litres/repair kit
Boot capacity (seats up/down)610/1,740 litres605/1,620 litres528/1,660 litres
Kerbweight/payload/towing weight1,247/645/1,500kg1,410/605/1,500kg1,420/500/1,500kg
Turning circle/drag coefficient10.4 metres/0.30Cd10.9 metres/N/A10.6 metres/0.30Cd
Basic warranty (miles)/recovery3yrs (60,000)/3yrs3yrs (60,000)/1yr7yrs (100,000)/1yr
Service intervals/UK dealers10,000 (1yr)/135Variable/22320,000 (1yr)/170
Driver Power manufacturer/dealer pos2nd/7th 16th/25th 7th/10th 
Euro NCAP: Adult/child/ped./stars93/86/66/5 94/89/65/5 89/88/61/5 
0-60/30-70mph 10.8/10.8 secs10.6/10.8 secs10.7/11.0 secs
30-50mph in 3rd/4th 5.2/9.3 secs 4.1/4.7 secs 4.6/7.3 secs 
50-70mph in 5th/6th/7th 10.7 secs/N/A/N/A6.9/8.8/11.0 secs9.4/10.5 secs/N/A
Top speed/rpm at 70mph 119mph/2,100rpm120mph/2,100rpm120mph/2,000rpm
Braking 70-0/60-0/30-0mph48.1/35.2/8.8m54.5/40.2/10.5m^50.4/36.6/14.6m
Noise outside/idle/30/70mph70/46/64/69dB67/47/62/69dB70/46/59/68dB
Auto Express econ (mpg/mpl)/range45.2/9.9/497 miles46.1/10.1/507 miles47.4/10.4/553 miles
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined61.4/85.6/74.3mpg58.9/80.7/70.6mpg53.3/70.6/64.2mpg
Govt urban/extra-urban/combined13.5/18.8/16.3mpl13.0/17.8/15.5mpl11.7/15.5/14.1mpl
Actual/claimed CO2/tax bracket167/99g/km/14%164/104g/km/15%160/116g/km/18%
Airbags/Isofix/park assist/cameraSeven/yes/£450/noSeven/yes/£600/£165Six/yes/no/yes
Auto/tyre monitor/stab/adapt cruise£1,250/yes/yes/noYes/yes/yes/yes£1,105/no/yes/no
Climate control/leather/heated seatsYes/part/£200£410/£2,085/£375*Yes/no/no 
Metallic paint/xenons/keyless go£495/£1,050/£300£535/£800/£355£475/no/no 
Sat-nav/USB/DAB radio/BluetoothYes/yes/yes/yes£750/yes/yes/yesYes/yes/£250/yes

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