Octavia L&K Estate 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG
does large family saloons
and estate cars very well indeed.
In fact, its biggest seller is none other
than its Octavia, the latest and third
generation of which arrived in the UK
in March 2017...
THE OCTAVIA PROVIDES ALL THE CAR a family might reasonably ever need
no doubt the 436,000+ Octavia customers who bought one in 2016 would
agree with that.
To date more than five million Octavias have been sold in 100 markets worldwide,
and in the UK it's the Czech brand's best-selling range. Making sure it stays
at the top of its game, the latest model sports a strikingly sharp new look
and is instantly identifiable by its two twin-light-cluster headlights,
each of the four featuring crystalline detailing.
Flanking a wider, vertically-slatted main grille, the new LED lighting is crowned
by a crisply profiled clamshell-style bonnet. Down the Octavia's sides, clean
flanks highlight precise, flat-cut wheelarches housing turbine blade-pattern
18-inch alloy wheels. Overall the look is, by design, almost minimalist
in fact, much like an Audi.
you'd expect of anything coming out of the VW Group stable, there's a wide range
of powerplants to choose from, starting with three-cylinder 1.0 and four-cylinder
1.4-litre turboed TSI petrol units, and topped off by 1.6 and 2.0-litre TDI
turbodiesels with outputs of up to 184PS that strike a well-judged balance between
performance and economy.
on traffic-clogged streets,
the 2.0-litre TDI-DSG
combo is also perfectly
suited to munching
motorway miles as well
as towing heavy loads
all while still returning a
that will keep you
And as Skoda is fond of
telling folks, they like
making happy drivers!
And then, of course, there are Skoda's go-faster 155mph vRS versions. Dual-clutch
DSG autoboxes as well as all-wheel drive further extend the Octavia's appeal,
meaning there's an ideal drivetrain for just about every driver.
This past week we've been driving the 2.0-litre turbodiesel (partnered by a
six-speed DSG transmission) and if you're planning to work your Octavia hard
then this is certainly the one to go for with 147bhp (150PS),
performance is flexible with oodles (251lb ft) of gutsy torque that's laid down
fluently by the quick-shifting DSG autobox.
The benchmark 0-62mph is done and dusted in 8.6 seconds and the top speed is
a motorway-busting 132mph. And you'll never need to stamp your foot to generate
determined progress just tap the selector lever back a tad to
engage Sport mode. Alternately, for total control of the gears, nudge the lever
to the left to switch to manual mode, after which a tap forwards or backwards
takes you up and down the ratios.
While a refined performer on traffic-clogged streets, the 2.0-litre TDI-DSG
combo is also perfectly suited to munching motorway miles as well as towing
heavy loads (up to 2,000kg braked), all while returning a mile-per-gallon figure
that will keep you smiling: 56.8mpg (the official Combined Cycle figure is a
frugal 58.9mpg). As Skoda is fond of telling folks, they like making happy drivers!
The Octavia estate can be had in any one of seven trim levels, including new
vRS and all-terrrain-tackling Scout models, starting at £18K for the entry-level
115PS S and topping out at £30K for both the 4x4 Laurin & Klement and the high-performance
vRS 245 versions.
Swing open the driver's door and first impressions of the L&K model is of a
plush interior and that's principally down to the rich brown leather
and ribbed Alcantara suede seat upholstery with leather bolstering and subtle
L&K motifs embroidered on the backrests. The L&K logo also appears on the door
trims and polished metal kick plates.
Larger body sizes are easily accommodated in the well-shaped seats that are
supportively comfortable, notably so on long road trips. The driver is pampered
with a power-adjustable chair that includes electric lumbar adjustment (the
front passenger has to make do with manually-adjusted lumbar support but that's
no hardship); both front seats get three-stage heating and the driver gets a
heated steering wheel rim.
driving duties will
appreciate the three
memory settings for the
seat and mirrors.
The L&K also comes with
three keys for driver
can be programmed for
a different driver so
individual seat position,
preferred driving mode
and even that persons
music selections are
all immediately set when
they press the Start
Families who share driving duties will appreciate the three memory settings
for the seat and mirrors. The L&K also comes with three keys for driver 'personalisation'
each can be programmed for a different driver so individual seat
position, preferred driving mode and even that person's music selections are
all immediately set when they thumb the Start button.
The Octavia's cabin is a thoroughly driver-friendly one thanks to easy-to-read
instrumentation, logically-sited controls, and switchgear of a size that makes
for easy use whilst driving. The leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel
feels good in your hands and is, of course, fully multifunctional.
Set between a pair of stylish dials, with markings that are refreshingly visible
night and day, sits a multifunction trip computer that also shows graphic navigation
prompts. The large feature-packed Amundsen 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen
in the centre of the dash (lesser models only get an 8-incher) comes with SmartLink+
(Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink). Numerous features include displaying
the posted speed limits on its sharply-drawn 3D maps. Full postcode destination
input is a blissfully quick and straightforward task.
Keeping you fully online on the move is handled by Skoda Connect
this contains Infotainment Online services: weather reports, fuel prices, traffic
information, traffic flow on the chosen route in real-time, parking space availability,
etc, as well as the option of embedding your navigation route into a topographical
Google Earth view.
Another feature, Care Connect, provides remote access to your vehicle (fuel
level; current parking location displayed on your smartphone, alerts if your
car is being moved by a third party in an unauthorised manner
be that too fast, or outside a specified area), plus emergency assistance as
well as facilitating route planning done in the comfort of your own home which
can then be transferred to the car's SatNav. A WiFi hotspot enables all passengers
to browse the internet wirelessly, stream music and send emails on their individual
storage will fit well with families: cubbies abound, including an air-conditioned
bin beneath the sliding and height-adjustable armrest between the front seats
along with a good-sized chilled, lit, lined and damped glovebox (also home to
a CD/DVD drive and two SD ports), another tray with a sliding cover (also housing
Aux and USB ports), a lined 'coin box' in the driver's-side fascia, bottle-holding
door bins, siamesed cupholders, and a drop-down sunglasses holder. Look beneath
the front passenger seat and you'll even find a compact brolly!
open the drivers
door and first
impressions of the L&K
model is of a plush
interior and thats
principally down to the
rich brown leather and
ribbed Alcantara suede
seat upholstery with
leather bolstering and
subtle L&K motifs...
In addition to the kit already mentioned there's auto-dimming and powerfolding
(on demand and automatically when locking and leaving) heated door mirrors,
keyless entry and start, voice control, and your own personal 'parking jockey'
AKA Park Assist that makes light work of tricky
parking manoeuvres as well as getting you in and out of parallel or bay spaces
(a reversing camera and rear parking sensors are on hand if you're a DIY parker).
The list continues with dual-zone climate control, ambient lighting (slim door-trim
LEDs emit a mood light that can be set to one of ten different colours), auto-dimming
rearview mirror, privacy glass from the B-pillars back, DAB radio, Bluetooth,
and a 'simply useful' parking ticket holder on the screen pillar.
Driver 'assists' and safety kit are equally well-specced and highlights include
Front Assist emergency braking with a Predictive Pedestrian Protection function,
Rear Traffic Alert (when reversing out of parking spaces or driveways it monitors
passing traffic, warning the driver visually, then acoustically and, if necessary,
braking automatically), an automatic post-collision braking system, Lane Assist,
Blind Spot cover, Hill Hold, and Intelligent Light Assist to orchestrate the
full LED adaptive lighting (this maximises light intensity to match conditions
but when oncoming traffic is detected adjusts/dips to prevent dazzling).
Added to that you get a full set of airbags including one for the driver's knee,
height-adjustable front seatbelts, adaptive cruise control and speed limiter,
tyre pressure monitoring, a driver fatigue detection system, rain-sensing wipers,
cornering front foglights, and LED rear lights.
back in the Octavia's rear cabin and you'll enjoy decent legroom and footroom
along with plenty of space all around you superior to some cars
from the class above. Wide opening doors and large door openings make for easy
access to and from the cabin.
(exactly what you want
with kith and kin or
a heavy load aboard).
Theres decent grip too,
and corners are taken
flat: essentially the
Octavia simply gets on
with the business in
hand, rather like a Golf
not surprising given the
Skodas shared DNA...
Headroom is generous and if the middle seat is unoccupied you can fold out the
wide central armrest with its built-in triple cupholders, direct the air vents
in the centre tunnel console at your sweet spot, and snatch a revitalising forty
winks. There are also magazine pouches, bottle-holding door pockets, damped
grabs and coat hangers.
you prefer to keep an eye on the outside world, well then that's fine too
the rear windows are long and deep so the views out are widescreen. 'Piggy in
the middle' rear passengers will need to plant a foot either side of the tunnel;
not that it detracts from their comfort. If needed, the central load- through
cut-out is of full backrest depth so long and bulky items can easily be carried.
The backbone of the Octavia is the Volkswagen Group's modular platform known
as 'MQB' it now underpins a number of models across the Audi and
Volkswagen ranges. And while the Octavia is bigger than its predecessor, it
hasn't piled on the pounds. In fact, thanks to lighter components and less-weighty
but stronger high-tensile steel, its kerbweight is actually lower than second-generation
All of which is excellent news for both economy and handling, although the best
handling traits in the world are not much use if the driver doesn't have an
A1 driving position from which to exploit them. Fortunately, that's exactly
what Octavia drivers get, making it easy for them to accurately place their
car on the road.
That said, there's nothing lurid about the Octavia estate's dynamics
the steering is accurate and the handling reassuringly predictable (exactly
what you want with kith and kin or a heavy load aboard). There's decent grip
too, and corners are taken flat: essentially the Octavia simply gets on with
the business in hand, rather like a Golf not surprising given
the Skoda's shared DNA.
Truth be known, what most real-world drivers want is not a car that can tame
the Nürburgring vRS aside! but one that can make
light of real-life driving conditions; a car that gets you to your destination
feeling relaxed and genuinely at ease.
agreeably damped Octavia does exactly that: the cabin ambiance is restful, barely
disturbing the sound quality of the standard-fit 10-speaker, 575-watt Canton
premium sound system as the Octavia rides fluently around town; something it
does equally well on fast-moving A-roads and challenging B-roads.
with the rear seats
in use boot space is
a boxy and totally
usable 610 litres,
so dog-lovers will be
relieved to know that
whether their pampered
pooch is a Westie or
a Wolfhound, it too will
travel in comfort...
Upping the Octavia's driveability is Driving Mode Selection which allows the
driver to choose between four drive settings: Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Individual.
These latest Octavia estates are designed for practical 'dual usage'
any time cargo needs take priority over passengers, simply drop the back seats
and there's a massive 1,740 litres available (that's more even than a Volvo
with the rear seats in use boot space is a 'boxy' and totally usable 610 litres,
so dog-lovers will be relieved to know that whether their pampered pooch is
a Westie or a Wolfhound, they too will travel in comfort.
Putting stuff in (and getting it back out again) is made easy by keyless unlocking
and a high opening tailgate that sits well above your head and which rises smoothly
under its own steam. There's no lip to load over, so cargo slides straight into
the hold which, when the rear seatbacks are folded, offers up a seamless all-one-level
More thoughtful touches include: release levers in the boot (just pull and the
rear seatbacks spring forward and self-fold); and, a particularly clever one
this, pull the boot floor and it drops to a lower position that adds about four
inches to the boot height; and the third boot light is actually a removable
torch that recharges while you drive.
For real-world motorists seeking outstanding practicality, an estate
car can be the only answer. With massive load-swallowing capacity alongside
an appealing and well-appointed five-seater cabin, Skoda's Octavia estate makes
the perfect family transport package whatever the size of your
budget. ~ MotorBar
Skoda Octavia L&K Estate 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG
Maximum speed: 132mph | 0-62mph: 8.6 seconds | Test Average: 56.8mpg
Power: 147bhp | Torque: 251lb ft | CO2: 120g/km