Road Test: Skoda Octavia Estate 1.6 TDI SE Business
Sector: Lower-medium Price: £20,365 Fuel: 74.3mpg CO2: 99g/km
You always know when a manufacturer is getting really serious about fleet when they launch a business-specific model in their range.
So step forward Skoda, purveyor of the new SE Business line of models. These follow the usual format of offering more equipment for less money and, in terms of the Octavia on test, make it one of the best value cars on the market.
Now the ‘base’ Octavia estate is already a firm favourite with us, but the added specification on the SE Business model makes it a really compelling company car proposition.
On top of the usual SE specification, the Business bit adds touchscreen satellite navigation, Bluetooth telephone, cruise control, driver tiredness sensor and rear parking sensors along with dual-zone climate control and a leather multi-function steering wheel.
But the Octavia is more than just glitzy options. First of all, it looks great – all sharp lines and chunky proportions which lend it an air of junior ‘Audiness’ – especially in estate guise.
And inside the successful formula continues, with a Volkswagen Golf-esque interior which blends simplicity with quality and, most importantly, space.
And this is where the Octavia plays its trump car, because it’s so roomy inside. In estate guise it offers 610 litres of space with the rear seats in place and 1,740 when they’re folded flat.
It also drives really well, in that familiar Volkswagen Group way, with a squat stance and light controls.
At a smidge over twenty grand, there is little to touch the Octavia estate – it offers space, style, equipment and quality in a very tempting package.