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Skoda reveals the Octavia Estate

Bigger boot than a Mondeo Estate and Volvo V70...

Skoda has released a couple of images of the new Octavia Estate ahead of the big reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in a couple of weeks.

Majoring on space and style, the new model takes the good front end looks of the hatchback and adds on a gently sloping roofline and extended boot to create a very good looking estate car. Sharp body creases all over give a very solid look to the Octavia Estate, in fact compared to the Audi A4 Avant we think it’s the better looking car – not something Audi want to hear we’re sure…

The longer rear overhang affords the new Estate a massive load bay – Skoda claims that with the rear seats up it has 610 litres of boot space, which is 80 litres more than the Mondeo Estate. With the seats folded this jumps to 1740 litres – which is 140 litres more than you get in the Volvo V70, very impressive stats.

The rear seats can be folded from the boot via easily accessible handles, meaning you can do everything from the rear when loading. The boot has a double height floor as well, which allows more space but a loading lip, or a flat load space with less volume but a storage space under the floor.

Inside, the Octavia estate looks identical to the recently launched hatchback, with premium materials that feel a match for those employed in the latest Mk7 VW Golf, a large centre console with a touch-screen, and plenty of space for oddments.

The engine line-up will follow that of the regular hatchback, so expect the entry-level models to be powered by a 1.2 litre turbocharged petrol engine with 104 bhp. There will also be a 1.4 TSI with 138 bhp, plus a pair of diesels; a 1.6 with 104 bhp and a 2.0 with 148 bhp. There will be a vRS version later in the year as well, featuring a 220 bhp 2.0 litre turbo petrol or a 178 bhp 2.0 litre turbodiesel lump.

The Octavia Estate will start at around £17,000 when it goes on sale in June.

Images courtesy of Skoda

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more