WHAT CAR? SAYS
Unsurprisingly, this is a very close contest. Both of these rugged estates are comfortable daily drivers with decently low running costs and yet are surprisingly skilled in off-road use and capable of towing fairly big loads.they could certainly both serve as effective substitutes for most family SUVS, because their interiors are smart and practical and they have plenty of room for family use.they also hold more appeal for keen drivers, handling better than the majority of high-sided alternatives.
The Octavia wins by the tiniest of margins in the end, mainly thanks to its roomier interior, more comprehensive standard equipment list and more comfortable ride.
The Leon does the job nearly as well and is a thoroughly decent car, but it isn’t quite as re ned as the Octavia and it makes you forgo a few luxuries.
That said, if you did track down a good example, we wouldn’t dissuade you from spending your money on the Leon.
Skoda Octavia Scout
For More rear seat space; better equipped; more comfortable ride
Against No variable-height boot oor; slightly sloppier body control
Seat Leon X-perience
For Tidy handling; more practical boot despite smaller size
Against Less standard kit; not as re ned; ddly infotainment touchscreen