From £12,685
Go four-wheel drive without attracting the unwanted attention of environmantal protesters.

Our Verdict

Skoda Octavia 2004-2013
The latest Octavia is based on the VW Golf Mk5

The Skoda Octavia is a dependable, quality car which is comfortable and pleasant to drive

What’s new?
Skoda’s four-wheel-drive Estate in diesel form, on British roads. You can now add economy – 47.9mpg’s worth – to the list of qualities of a car already toting 1620-litres of storage space, ample comfort, admirable build quality, increased traction in slippery conditions, and compelling value for money.
What’s it like?
About as useful as cars get. It’s a shame that it’s lumbered with VAG’s 1.9-litre oilburner instead of the newer 2.0-litre option – the ageing eight-valve diesel is a noisy compromise to refinement by the latest standards – but otherwise this car is hard to fault.
So should I buy one?
If you like the idea of a car that could follow a proper SUV almost anywhere, with as much on board, but without any of the associated image problems, here it is. And it’s cheaper than a Forester.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Car review
    23 September 2016
    Aston kicks off its ‘second century plan’ with an all-new turbo V12 grand tourer
  • Ford Ka+ 1.2 Ti-VCT 85
    First Drive
    22 September 2016
    A rounded, refined and well-sorted bargain supermini – once you’re used to the confusing role redefinition imposed on the once-cheeky Ka
  •  Maserati Ghibli Diesel
    First Drive
    22 September 2016
    Maserati releases another range of updates for its range best seller, the Ghibli. We've driven the diesel version, but there's little improvement on before
  • Tipo Front
    First Drive
    21 September 2016
    New Fiat Tipo offers impressive space and practicality for a reasonable price. We try the 1.6 diesel on the demanding roads of North Wales
  • Seat Ateca 1.4 TSI 150
    First Drive
    20 September 2016
    The Seat Ateca 1.4 TSI 150 makes perfect sense: it's spacious, tidy to drive for an SUV and cheap to run