The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

A fabulous family estate, that ticks all the boxes

Starting price: £21,105

Pros

3 boosters in the rear

Enormous boot

1 x front passenger ISOFIX point

Boot fits a buggy system/pushchair

Fridge in golvebox

Cons

Cup holders could be better positioned

No 360 camera option

Not as cheap as it used to be

Intro

It is clear to see why the Skoda Octavia has won “What Car? 2021 plug in hybrid of the year.” It’s a great large family car with lots of exciting perks. There are 4 trims in this model; SE, SE Technology, SE L and VRS.  Opting for the VRS trim gains you speed.  We drove the plug-in hybrid VRS in automatic and it is worth noting, by selecting the plug-in hybrid, the starting price jumps to £34,850.

It is a comfortable and easy drive. Whilst being lower than SUVs, the estate still provides great visibility and it didn’t feel like we were driving a long car. Cruise control comes as standard making longer journeys an easier and more pleasant experience.

Interior

Inside, the dashboard is stylish and clean looking. All controls are within easy reach of the wheel and are logically laid out.  A huge 10 inch central touchscreen sits high up on the dashboard. It is really simple to navigate and has the all-important smartphone integration, meaning your phone’s apps can be accessed via the touchscreen.  

Dual climate control comes as standard and is controlled on the touchscreen which gives it a more modern feel.  There are also vents in the back to warm the little ones up or keep them cool.  However, Skoda offer additional extras that may be a priority for some families.  Select the “Winter Pack – heated front seats” for £485 and you’ll gain heated front seats and a heated steering wheel (a luxury in those winter months!)  Opt for the “Winter Pack – heated front and rear seats” and you’ll get the same as the first pack but also “Tri-zone climate” which means the little ones can have a different temperature in the back to you in the front.  Let them keep cool, whilst you stay warm!  It is also worth noting that the Octavia comes with the new USB-C ports, 2 in the front and 2 in the rear, so you may need an adapter to charge those iPads depending on the model.

The mirrors are a good size providing great road visibility. Front and rear parking sensors come as standard, but if a rear camera is a priority, then you’ll need to budget an additional £605.  Sadly, our favourite feature in cars, the 360° birds eye view camera, is not an option on the Skoda Octavia Estate due to its height. 

Seats & Passenger Space

The seats are comfortable and wipeable, but leather is an optional extra if preferred for those sticky fingers!  There is plenty of leg room in both the front and back for both adults and older children.  There are 2 ISOFIX points in the rear and 3 child seats fit easily across the back seats (2 large booster seats and 1 smaller booster in the centre), meaning it is perfect for car shares and playdates.  There is also a front passenger ISOFIX point. 

Cups & Cubby

There are 2 cup holders in between the driver and passenger seats and a handy tray for phones and keys.  For the children in the back, the central column drops down providing 2 more cupholders. However, there is plenty of storage space in the door bins for water bottles if there are 3 passengers in the back.  A fabulous feature that we loved is in the glove box – it doubles as a small fridge!  You’ll be able to keep snacks cool and fresh for school pick up or on long journeys – genius! Skoda also provide a handy little sunglasses holder, which is reachable when driving. 

Boot Space

The boot is enormous; 610 litres!  It easily accommodates an umbrella fold pushchair or pram, along with a weekly shop and school bags.  There is a slight drop from the opening of the boot to the boot floor, meaning getting things in and out requires only a small amount of lifting up and over. The back seats can be folded down flat at the touch of a button, meaning you’ll have a whopping 1,740 litres for the dump run!  There is a powered tailgate (boot button) for convenience, however if you like the idea of a handsfree opening where you can swipe your foot under the rear of the car to open the boot with their virtual pedal, it’ll set you back a further £190. 

Summary

Overall, it is clear to see why the Octavia Estate is Skoda’s most popular car.  It ticks all boxes for a child friendly car, whilst being stylish and a great drive.  It has been carefully designed with families in mind and with an enormous boot you’ll no longer struggle on those camping weekends away! We think it is a great buy.

Car seats used in this review – 2 x Graco Tri Logic (width 40.8cm) 1 x Halfords Essentials Booster (width 39.5cm)

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

610 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4689 mm (L) x 1994 mm (W) x 1468 mm (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

35.3 – 55.4

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

44

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-60 mph in 6.5 – 10.5 secs