Skoda Octavia Price range £4000-£20,000 Years 2004-present You'll like... Build quality; ride and handling You won't... Shortage of safety kit Average economy 35.8mpg-53.3mpg Insurance group 4-7 Road tax £140-£210
Forget the old jokes about Skoda - these cars are now shrewd buys.
The Octavia is based on the current VW Golf, so it's good to drive, but it isn't anywhere near as expensive as the Golf.
There are lots of high-mileage diesels for sale, but independent garages usually have a good selection of well-priced cars.