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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.
  • 2.0 TDI PD Elegance 5dr

    Alan West , Channel Isles . Date: 08/09/2006
    • 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

    Owned car for 2 months having traded in a similar estate with petrol 2 litre engine and Ambiente trim.

    This car is so much better in all respects and the DSG gear box (auto) is very, very smooth. Like a previous reviewer, I have not been satisfied with the headlights and have asked the dealer to look at this.

    The return per gallon is very much better too.

    Very pleased with this car.

  • 2.0 FSI Elegance 5dr

    Martin Pierce Date: 16/05/2006
    • 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

    My car

    We have owned this car for 7 months and done 6,000 miles. Unlike the other reviewers we have the Petrol engine. Agonised over Petrol vs Diesel and 6 speed manual vs DSG - not sure there is a right answer, but the 2L FSI is very smooth, quiet and just takes off up any incline.

    The Manual has great acceleration throughout the range and does just 2,700 revs in 6th gear at 70mph and 3,900 at 100 (so I'm told…) Very comfy seats, especially in the back. Steering is excellent, dash well laid out, looks great as well as practical. I had test driven a Merc C Class and was very disappointed - no room in the back, pedestrian driver's layout, and miniscule boot. Never regretted getting the Skoda instead.

    The Elegance was an easy decision vs Ambiente - for an extra grand or so the extras list was impressive - dual zone climate control, rear parking sensors, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, auto dimming mirror. Paid £15,000 inc metallic paint from a dealer.

    Any gripes? One or two. There is wind noise through the windows at 70mph (quiet below that); the sound quality of the stereo is only OK; and the gears can ‘lurch’ a bit in the lower ratios - you have to concentrate moving it between 1st and 3rd.

    I had to do an unexpected and ultimately fruitless 170 mile round trip last weekend. Felt like those people in that VW ad of a few years ago who kept thinking of reasons why it was their turn to do the driving to the party. In which case, as others have said, why buy the VW?

  • 2.0 TDI PD Elegance 5dr

    John Kidd Date: 15/03/2006
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The car runs very well, it is comfortable and quiet - and on long continental trips, I can run at an average of over 60mph (over 500 miles) at over 60mpg - not too bad.

    My only query is with the main beam lighting pattern. It projects in a 'V' pattern, which on twisty country lanes leaves the verges in shadow some 30 metres ahead (though the tree-tops are well lit).

    Does anyone else have this, and is it an issue?

  • 1.9 TDI PD 4x4 5dr

    Tim Burrows , Lincolnshire . Date: 24/02/2006
    • 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 currently own a previous model 1.8T 4x4 hatch. My local dealer rang offering me a test in the new 1.9 TDi 4x4. I was very impressed by the car's build quality, and it felt very solid, was a pleasure to drive, though it did not have as much roll in a bend as mine (4x4s have raised ride height).

    The six-speed box is fantastic, too. The other thing which impressed was that there did not appear to be much differance in performance. I would definitely recommend this car to anyone who, like myself, likes the added safety of 4WD and ESP.

    My only gripe would be that rear parking sensors and cruise control are not standard, as the previous model specification matched that of the Elegance.

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