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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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71 reader reviews for Skoda Octavia Estate.
  • 1.6 FSI Elegance 5dr

    Richard Jordan , Hampshire . Date: 07/12/2006
    • 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

    My car

    Having been majorly impressed with my first Octavia (53 plate Elegance 130 diesel), I decided to trade it in for a new one. This time I wanted an estate. I tried various other makes, Mazda 6, Vectra, Avensis but nothing came up to the cabin standard, equipment or driveability of the Octavia. As I am now doing half my mileage of prevoius, about 12000 mile per year, I decided on the petrol. Its not a fast car but it gets to 70mph quick enough and is happy to plod up steep hill at a decent pace and overtake when needed. 115hp from a 1.6 is good. My average economy is 42 MPG which I think is pretty good for a large estate. I've got optional heated leather seats which are superbly comfortable, and the long list of equipment (toys) is excellent. The boot is enormous, rear leg space impressive and the dealer service just as good as ever. Mine did have a fault a week after purchase with the climate control (and it was mid summer), but this was fixed promptly and a fault report sent back off to Skoda UK. Anyone you meet who try to knock the car can only say "but its a Skoda", well I can live with that, knowing the fact that i've got a superb quality motor at a great price. I know I will buy another and my final words are, "your a foolish mug if you buy a VW or Audi"

  • 1.9 TDI PD 4x4 5dr

    Stephen Key , Derbyshire . Date: 07/10/2006
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Having owned 10 Nissans I decided a change was required. The car has been a revelation. Your reviews on the Octavia have been glowing so I decided to put it to the test. The car was purchased in May 2005 and has been a pleasure to drive. All the bits and pieces remain well screwed together without a rattle anywhere. It's been so good that a colleague purchased the hatchback. Fuel economy has always around or above the 45mpg mark. It's quiet and stereo is really good. The whole package has been supported by the dealer, Rainworth Motors in Nottinghamshire. When I did have a minor problem surrounding one of the gaiters surrounding the front CV joint, they kept me mobile with a loan car. Would I buy another one - definitely!

  • 2.0 TDI PD Laurin & Klement 5dr

    Ian Grimes , Angus . Date: 27/09/2006
    • 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

    My car

    I've had the car for just under 12 months and done over 38,000 miles throughout the UK and Ireland on motorways, through heavy traffic, twisty highland roads and farm tracks. Bags of power, handles like a dream, fully equipped, it's been an excellent choice. On my model I've got the Xenon headlamps and they light up the dark superbly. If you're thinking of buying a VW or Audi, try the Octavia, you'll not be disappointed and get bags more value for your money too.

  • 2.0 FSI Elegance 5dr

    Richard Turner Date: 20/09/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I really wanted the 2.0 TDI DSG but couldn't justify the cost of a diesel as I don't cover a high mileage. However, the six-speed manual 2.0 FSI has proved enjoyable to drive. It's pretty refined and very quiet - it's often difficult to tell which gear you're in once you get going.

    Practicality is excellent, I manage to accommodate a full weekend's camping kit including travel cot and golf clubs. The variable boot floor is a bit daft and I've ended up removing it.

    Equipment is excellent; the rain sensing wipers work pretty well and the dual-zone climate control is a bonus as I'm always too hot when driving and my wife is always too cold! In fact this particular feature is the key reason for going for the Elegance trim. The cruise control is useful, too, and the leather wheel feels good.

    The only real criticism is that I find the seats too hard. I did find it difficult to find a comfortable driving position on long journeys, but found that cranking the seat up to maximum height just about gave me the required support under the lower thighs (I'm 6ft 2in tall). I still get a numb behind after a couple of hours, though. Also, the seat belt warning buzzer is annoying and unnecessary.

    Overall, it's the best car I have owned, represents great value for money, is well made and big enough to cope with everything family life throws at it.

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