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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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Skoda Octavia (13-) Hatchback
5 reader reviews for Skoda Octavia Hatchback.
  • 1.4 TSI 140 Elegance 5dr

    Jon Cantrill , . Date: 10/02/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47

    My car

    I was pondering for many months between a Mk 7 Golf GT or the Octavia Elegance. I have owned Skodas before but decided last time to 'up grade' to a VW and so I bought a Polo 1.2 TSI select. This was lovely car but I had endless problems with it (electrical mainly). This and the price difference persuaded me to return to Skoda and I can honestly say that I have never been happier than with this decision.

    Whilst the Golf is a lovely car to drive (I had three test drives) the money difference is simply not worth it. The Octavia is superbly built. You really get the impression that you are sitting in an executive car. The controls are fabulous and well made and the info system is easy to navigate.

    The petrol engine feels powerful and refined (easily the equal of the Golf- though it should be being the same engine bar the ACT on the VW). Fuel economy is good, although I do drive conservatively. The ride is superb, although some may prefer the 16" wheels for a slightly more comfortble ride. Nevertheless, the ride was not that much notiicably different to that of the Golf.

    If you have the money, buy this car! Yes the Golf is good too but then look at the price and it is a no brainer. Unless you are a badge snob, this is the car for you. Utterly brilliant!

  • 1.6 TDI 105 Elegance 5dr

    Robert Dixon , TYNE AND WEAR . Date: 20/12/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      58.1

    My car

    Six months in this car is a revelation. It is spacious, very comfortable, has immense stowage capacity and is pretty frugal. With the Elegance specification it is fully equipped with intuitive Sat Nav and a variety of infotainment choices. The 1.6 TDI with DSG is a good choice and over six months has returned 58 M.P.G. The quality of internal build amazes passengers, whose comment is invariably this cannot be a Skoda......It must be an Audi/BMW/Mercedes. I opted for the Topaz Brown which has been a real head turner. This is my 33rd car and it has had more positive comments than all of the rest combined. Looking for negatives is churlish and all I could come up with was that the seats were too warm in the hot summer. Perhaps I expected better MPG but in fairness most of my 3,000 miles travel has been around town.It could have a bigger petrol tank to increase range beyond 550 miles, but seriously that is clutching at straws. As a regular Mercedes E Class owner, I would put this Octavia in the same league. It is truly a peach of a car and if I was changing tomorrow I would not even consider anything else. My wife's passenger view is equally glowing. The Skoda Octavia is so good it deserves its stablemates name "Superb".

  • 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr

    Steve Milner , Tyne & Wear . Date: 17/12/2013
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      57.6

    My car

    I would concur with Andy’s comments regarding fuel economy – although when cruising at around 70 mph I’m averaging 60~65 mpg. And the with road tax at £30 running costs are pretty good. It takes some getting used to to drive at first. My wife and I both kangarooed out of the dealers with vehicles we tried out, and I stalled it a lot in the early days. [I've owned and driven a variety of cars in the past; used to hire them with work, so I'm no novice] The trouble is that the car is unreliable: spurious warning signals for which no cause can be found, but 2 hours interrogation of the EMS and a reset cost £70. Stuttering to a halt on the hottest day of the year looked like overheating to me – but the computer later says ‘no’ and in fact has no record of any problem. It’s nothing to do with the air con, because that packed in a while ago - £500 quoted for fitting a replacement pump – so like a taxi driver I spoke to in a similar situation I’ve not bothered. The car’s currently in dock to have the ERV replaced – again, not uncommon, I’m told. Part of the expense is that it’s not an easy car to work on, with a host of time-consuming parts to remove to access anything. So while the car might seem good on paper, and a new model appear 5* to testers, at 4 years old and with a mere 25k on the clock it’s rather a disappointment. Time will tell if newer models are more reliable.

  • 1.6 TDI 105 Elegance 5dr

    M Snow Date: 16/12/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      60

    My car

    Good Things - big as a Mondeo, very comfortable, huge boot, huge space in the back for kids, Elegance has all the kit you need, 1.6 TDI with DSG is more than adequate for people like me, sat nav and infotainment system works well, drives well (I'm not a boy racer), well put togther, dash is logical, dual climate is simple and effective.....so many positives. It's so, so easy to get on with.

    Bad Things - can't get near the claimed 74mph. In mitigation only 3500 miles in, so hope it improves with my light right foot. Also I appreciate few will admire the look of the car, but I think that's a positive. I don't want a car that gains attention. I want a car that does all the simple things well.

    In short, very, very happy with my choice, so far.

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