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Skoda Octavia Estate 4x4

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By Jonathan Crouch

Skoda's improved third generation Octavia estate offers all-wheel drive without recourse to a large song & dance. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 56

Skoda have been offering us Octavia 4x4s for a few years now, but this improved model makes more sense than ever. In fact, it makes a really strong case for itself as the most practical 'real world' car you can buy. Just as importantly for some, it's not an SUV but still has that all-weather utility.

Backgroundword count: 160

After some careful deliberation, I'm proposing this vehicle, the ordinary 4x4 variant of Skoda's Octavia Estate, as Britain's most practical car. It's got some serious credentials for the role. It's a Skoda. It's an estate. It has all-wheel drive. Need more convincing? You'll have to stick with us for the finer points then. Skoda has offered all-wheel drive variants of the Octavia for some time now, the first models sold in Britain making landfall way back in 2001. Back then though, the Octavia Estate was a far more petite thing than you get these days and it was always a bit tight for families with larger kids. The latest Octavia Estate is cut far more generously. There's a smarter look and improved connectivity, plus, as before, you get 610-litres of luggage space before you start folding seats and that doesn't come at the expense of impressive rear legroom. In short, this is a vehicle that carves its own special niche.

Driving Experienceword count: 237

The Octavia 4x4 Estate is based around the Volkswagen Group's familiar 2.0-litre TDI 150PS diesel unit. This powerplant gives the Octavia 4x4 the added muscle power it really requires, with 320Nm of torque at your elbow and the ability to get to 62mph from rest in just 8.7 seconds. It also comes with a six-speed manual box so that you can really get the best from that torque figure. If you want this vehicle with a bit more visual SUV attitude and don't mind paying a little more, Skoda also offers it in 'Scout' form, in which guise you can also order a 184PS version of the 2.0 TDI diesel. You'll also need the Scout variant if you want the option of DSG auto transmission. Whichever version you choose, the revised Haldex 4x4 system used is the same and is almost indiscernible in its action, shuffling drive to the front wheels when required without any fuss or drama. It also gives the Skoda some meaningful off-road ability, helped by the fitment of electronic diff locks on both axles, although you do need to be constantly aware of the modest ride height. The rear suspension is an expensive multi-link affair which has a genuinely beneficial effect on the sort of rough and loose surfaces that would make a torsion-beam equipped car feel nervous. There's also the clever XDS braking system for extra grip when cornering on slippery surfaces.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-60 mph (s):

8.7

0

Combined mpg:

0

57.6

CO2 (g/km):

122

Height (mm):

1492

0

Length (mm):

4659

0

Max Speed (mph):

132

0

... and 2 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Spacious Family Cars

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
80%
Space
70%
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