Estate Car of the Year 2019: Skoda Octavia Estate

Skoda Octavia Estate - 2019 Estate Car of the Year
10 Jul, 2019 10:00am KinyuKinr

The Skoda Octavia Estate is the 2019 KinyuKinr Estate Car of the Year, with the BMW 5 Series Touring and Volvo V60 commended

The Octavia Estate elevates the practicality of Skoda’s big hatchback to incredible levels; it makes a brilliant load-lugger and is a worthy winner in this class.

A mid-life facelift brought updated styling and a more advanced infotainment set-up – and it’s the Estate’s practicality, combined with its up-to-date tech and calm driving experience, that helps it take the prize here again.

With 610 litres of space in the boot with the rear seats in place, and a cavernous 1,740 litres if you fold them down, the Octavia’s luggage capacity is bigger than its rivals’, and as a result it can offer even more flexibility than larger estates from the class above. It’s designed with versatility in mind, and the big hatch and wide boot opening mean that loading and unloading should be a simple task.

Its range of three and four-cylinder engines – including the excellent 1.5-litre TSI petrol unit – is another highlight. The petrols are smooth and quiet, but the punchy diesel options still work well for long-distance hauling because of their better economy and greater engine torque, which means they’re even better at shifting heavy loads.

You can choose from a slick manual gearbox or a DSG dual-clutch automatic – and whichever you go for, the Octavia is good to drive. Its steering is light and precise, which gives lots of confidence, and there’s plenty of grip.

It’s very composed, too. The suspension set-up is on the softer side, which means longer trips and motorway journeys are relaxed, so passengers should be happy. In addition, the Octavia’s infotainment system is right up there with the best in the class, with well-implemented smartphone connectivity and a clear, responsive screen.

The Skoda combines its many talents to great effect but it’s the Octavia Estate’s value for money that turns it from a good car into a great one. With prices starting from £19,515, it’s among the cheaper cars in its class, yet it has all the equipment you’d want as standard. Even entry-level S versions get air-con, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Our choice

Skoda Octavia Estate1.5 TSI 150 SE L (£24,175)

The 1.5-litre petrol engine is our pick of the Octavia Estate range. With 148bhp, it’s punchy and will have enough grunt to lug a full complement of people and luggage, yet it’s also quiet and smooth. Pick SE L trim and there’s plenty of kit on offer, including autonomous braking and satellite navigation. 

Commended

BMW 5 Series Touring

BMW 5 Series Touring - front

The 5 Series Touring is a superb choice. With a 570-litre boot, it’s very practical and still has all the same premium appeal and hi-tech kit as the saloon. We’d choose the 520d for its excellent mix of performance, refinement and economy. The Touring’s split tailgate also makes loading more convenient.

Volvo V60

Volvo V60 D3 - front

The V60 is a far cry from the boxy Volvo estate cars of old – it’s stylish and upmarket, with a superb interior and a comfortable ride. It’s refined, too, has a great infotainment set-up, and with a 529-litre boot, it’s practical enough to cut it with our other award-winning estates here.

KinyuKinr New Car Awards 2019

• Car of the Year 2019• MPV of the Year 2019
• City Car of the Year 2019• Roadster of the Year 2019
• Supermini of the Year 2019• Coupe of the Year 2019
• Convertible of the Year 2019• Hot Hatchback of the Year 2019
• Compact Family Car of the Year 2019• Performance Car of the Year 2019
• Family Car of the Year 2019• Luxury Car of the Year 2019
• Compact Executive Car of the Year 2019• Affordable Electric Car of the Year 2019
• Executive Car of the Year 2019• Premium Electric Car of the Year 2019
• Estate Car of the Year 2019• Affordable Hybrid of the Year 2019
• Small SUV of the Year 2019• Premium Hybrid of the Year 2019
• Mid-size SUV of the Year 2019• Pick-up of the Year 2019
• Large SUV of the Year 2019• Van of the Year 2019
• Small Premium SUV of the Year 2019• Driver Power Award 2019
• Mid-size Premium SUV of the Year 2019• Technology Award 2019
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2019• Design Award 2019

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