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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  • 2.0 TDI PD 4x4 Scout 5dr

    Jon Mitchel , Suffolk . Date: 11/08/2015
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      43.5

    My car

    2011 Scout model with part time (automatic) four wheel drive, 2.0 turbodiesel and DSG automatic gearbox. Done about 7,500 miles in 6 months from a starting point of about 76,000 miles. A good mix of town and motorway miles. Very nice to drive, easy to park with rear sensors, impressive fuel economy considering the size and the automatic gearbox. The DSG gearbox does take a little but of getting used to. I would prefer a normal automatic as on my 1993 car but presumably it accounts for the better fuel economy. Seats are comfortable, would like the headrests to adjust more but they're fine. Electric slide and tilt sunroof works well, as does the cruise control and air conditioning. The entertainment centre is good - radio, CD (I haven't tried), plug in your phone to the aux socket between the front seats, or use an SD card. One thing I don't like is that the rain sensor for the windscreen wiper can't be overriden - I would like to be able to set the intermittent wipe manually but you seem to only be able to use the sensor. Folding mirrors would have been nice. Good amount of power when needed. Cruises nice and quietly at 80mph. Good size stowage areas.

  • 1.6 TDI CR Elegance 5dr

    John Down , Somerset . Date: 23/03/2014
    • 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
      50

    My car

    I have owned my 3 year old Octavia Estate since November 2013 having previously owned an Octavia Hatch 2.0 SE Elegance (140 bhp)

    I continue to be impressed with the overall quality of the Skoda. It is exactly like a VW, very well built, drives nicely, very spacious, comfortable, well equipped with the parking sensors, cruise control and decent sound system. It is also a very nice looking car in gun metal grey, it shows off the chrome well.

    On the slightly negative side, the 1.6 lacks the punch of the 2.0 which I guess is an obvious comment, but it offers reasonable performance. It cruises nicely on the motorway at 85mph all day without missing a beat but it does struggle on the hills a bit. The other gripe I have is the economy. The Skoda figures suggest 74mpg! I am lucky if I can get 50mpg ; quite a difference and this is careful non motorway driving. The 2.0 litre returned 58mpg.

    I am going to look into remapping the engine and my next car will definitely be a VRS!

  • 1.2 TSI SE 5dr

    Anthony Heal , . Date: 05/02/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 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 really exceeded my expectations. I knew that the engine, gearbox, chassis, etc. are all made by Volkswagen and that they should be just as good and reliable in an Octavia as in a Golf. I knew that the Octavia has won many awards for value, reliability and owner satisfaction. I also knew that many police, fire and ambulance services in this country and abroad use Octavias. For all these reasons I knew that the Octavia must be a good car, but I still couldn't quite get out of my head the old reputation of Skoda.

    After 3 years and 30,000 miles this lingering prejudice has gone completely. The Octavia is simply a brilliant car. It's got an ultra modern, low capacity but high torque and high power engine that's smooth and satisfying; fuel consumption at 45mpg in mixed driving is outstanding and it's a roomy and comfortable car with a safe and predictable driving experience. Reliability is all that anyone could ask: nothing has broken or gone wrong in three years. True, it looks a bit staid, but no more so than other mid-sized estates.

    Having overcome my prejudice about Skodas I am, for the first time in my life, about to buy another car of the same make. That's how good they are!

  • 2.0 TFSI vRS 5dr

    alasdair muir Date: 30/05/2012
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      34

    My car

    This is the first Skoda I have owned. Before this I have had a stable of BMWs , Audis , SAAB , Volvo and VW etc. I had been looking for a mkVI Golf GTI with DSG but I felt that £23k for a 2nd hand Golf was just a joke. I therefore snatched at the chance of picking up a 25k 2010 vRS with DSG for £12500 from a dealer. Once I got over the Skoda jibes I must say it has become a family favourite and frankly the best all round driving car I've owned. It has all the fun and pace of the VW GTI , but the ride is smoother , has the boot of a Mercedes and comfort of a BMW. Its not as well put together as an Audi - but it rides better and is quieter. My wife drives a 2010 VW Golf GT TDI and although its good this is just so much better in every facet. Its not the prettiest of cars but with the LED lights , deep front spoiler and 18" Alloys it does look quite purposeful. The DSG paddle shift is a gem but frankly I generally leave it in drive and let the 200 bhp engine do the rest.

    Its frankly difficult to find fault - the rear windscreen is a pig to keep clean in the winter and the light grey of the seats get dirty too easily (next time I'd get 100% leather). It had its first Skoda service last week after a years ownership and cost £199.00 which was OK I guess but it still seems expensive for what is effectively an oil change. The Skoda dealership is also a pleasant place to be. The logo may get a few jibes but I can handle them for what is the best motoring value on the road.

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