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Overall reader verdict 4 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

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13 reader reviews for Skoda Octavia Estate.
  • 1.9 TDi Ambiente 5dr

    Des McLaughlin Date: 11/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This car is a joy. It looks good in metallic paint and with alloy wheels but lacks the roof rails which I will be adding.

    Inside it is plain but functional with air-con, but few other gadgets. The trip computer is interesting and easy to use, on the stalk. It has the boot-compartment six-disc CD player and the sound system is OK but could be better. The rear speakers are hidden in the boot wall and sound strained.

    The drive is good, with quite accurate handling, little body roll and surprisingly decent acceleration even for a 90bhp model. I have driven the 110 which is better, but if you haven't, you won't be disappointed.

    The big feature is the economy - unbelievable! It's hard to get less than 50mpg around town, and on motorway/long trips I get around 65mpg. I even managed over 70mpg on one run of about 80 miles. I reckon that the trip computer on mine is about 5% out.

    When driven really hard, the vRS throws up engine problems and it's lowered suspension invites body damage. However, every diesel Octavia owner will spout forth about unquestionable reliability and so will I.

    It isn't the biggest estate, and rear legroom is smaller than rivals but fine for short journeys and no probs for the kids. I'm looking forward to years of trouble-free motoring from it, but might have to add cruise control and maybe take it up to 115bhp, just to keep my interest.

    Avoid this by going for the Elegance, which also has better seats.

  • 1.9 TDi Laurin & Klement 5dr

    bjorn vaula Date: 17/01/2007
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Not the sharpest drive of the lot, but decent. Cramped rear space hampers use of children`s seats. The boot is well designed and easy to use. Engine is wonderful. Build quality seems to be good.

  • 1.8 20v vRS 5dr

    Ben Sanders Date: 16/03/2005
    • Overall 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
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned the car for just under a year, and recently took it in for its first service, at 20,000 miles. I chose the vRS as a compromise between a desire for a performance car and the need to carry large loads, and as such it has been good rather than outstanding in both of these areas.

    The engine is strong, pulls well throughout the rev range and delivers a solid 30mpg. Although the chassis is reasonably dynamic, there is noticeable body-roll when cornering hard. Road holding and grip are extremely strong, with only occasional understeer in the wet.

    The loadspace is large, but folding the rear seats down is not an easy process, as the rear seat bases and headrests have to be removed before the backs will fold flat. The interior of the car is reasonably comfortable, but feels extremely plasticy and dated when compared to many of its rivals.

    Reliability has been good, with the only annoying problems being squeaks and rattles from the cabin, which were all sorted out under warranty. Overall, the vRS feels a little low-rent when compared with my previous car, a VW Golf estate. On the other hand, the Golf's handling was distinctly inferior to the Skoda, and it was dogged by constant problems which the dealers were unable to resolve.

    Overall I'm satisfied with the car, and still find driving it a pleasure, so it can't be bad.

  • 1.8 20v vRS 5dr

    Dean Farley Date: 05/12/2004
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    In March 2002 my car was due for renewal. I was then driving a Vectra SRi that served me well for 125,000 miles.

    I couldn't find anything that I felt was both different and interesting and had originally ignored the Octavia RS as I assumed the ride would be harsh judging by it's 17" alloys and performance figures. However, in light of indecision over what to choose, I thought I'd try it.

    What a fool I'd been, the ride was superb, the acceleration a belly tingling pleasure added to that the half leather, 6 disc CD and climate control, she had to be mine.

    107,000 undisturbed miles later, I still love this car as much as the day I first drove it, no, more in fact. It still looks great and absolutely nothing can touch it for value for money.

    If you're considering one, rest assured, you won't regret a single minute. Not had a problem with the Skoda garage either come service time.

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