To put it simply, the drive was fantastic. The Octavia Estate really did leave a lasting impression on us. As you pull away, the car is silent and cabin noise is next to nothing.
The Octavia comes with a choice of two engine modes: E-Mode and Hybrid. The latter uses both the petrol engine and the hybrid motor, while the former offers pure electric driving.
Skoda claim the Octavia has a range of just over 40 miles and we found this true to form.
As well as the two engine modes, you have four driving modes; Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual. While it may not be the best for the Octavia’s efficiency, Sport mode made it oh so fun to drive. You get a rewarding pull as you put your foot down and what follows is an endearing soundtrack from the engine.
We were testing out the 204hp SE Technology edition and even that boasted impressive performance. After spending time in this variant of the Octavia, the sportier vRS edition - which comes with an extra 40hp - looks more and more like a tantalising prospect for those who want that extra oomph.
The steering is agile and while on the move, you don’t feel the true length of the car at all. It manoeuvres incredibly smoothly and even down narrow country levels, it handled everything well. The Octavia's rear visibility is perhaps one of the minor complaints. It's not terrible, but it's not great either, as a result of the sloping roof.