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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.
  • 1.9 TDI PD Elegance 5dr

    michael morton Date: 13/06/2005
    • Overall verdict
      1 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

    The vehicle was fine for the first five days of owning it, but that is where it went wrong. From that point it sat on my driveway waiting for it to be towed to a local dealer. Finally five days later it was picked up and taken to a local dealer, still no courtesy car, and discovering that customer service is a foreign principle to Skoda head office. It took a further two days of urging the "Senior" customer service advisor and a threat of writing to the director of Skoda Auto UK to receive a car, whilst mine is fixed. So in conclusion the car was very nice to drive while it worked, but I would strongly advise anyone to avoid purchasing one like the plague, as if there are any problems with the car you will no doubt have the same horrid and stressful experience of having to try and educate their staff to the meaning of customer service. I am yet to see if the car will fixed to a satisfactory standard. Considering this is a company car, one would think that it might be in Skoda's interest to at least seem interested, seeing how they have now lost alot of potential customers.

    Yours sincerely,

    Michael Morton

  • 2.0 TDI PD Elegance 5dr

    guy maddox Date: 21/04/2005
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I am replacing my Audi A4 saloon company and need an estate. With my allowance I can afford the A4 Avant but more later.

    I had a 2.0 TDI for a 24-hour test drive and covered 200 miles. First impressions lived up to expectation with build quality inside and out outstanding, and I am comparing this with an Audi I have had for three years.

    Using cruise control, a 100-mile motorway run was effortless and the 20-mile cross country dash through narrow lanes showed the car to be very stable.

    Only two things I thought could be improved and these are very minor 1) The door mirrors could be bigger 2) The interior door lock and cigarette lighter are by the handbrake. They don’t fit in with the rest of the quality cabin.

    So I added it all up (standard and extra equipment) A4 Avant versus Skoda Octavia estate and my Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI L&K arrives in July, saving me £8,500 I would have to pay on a P11D value.

  • 2.0 TDI PD Elegance 5dr

    Kevin Jones Date: 12/04/2005
    • 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 ordered my New Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi Elegance estate to replace my four-month-old Peugeot 307 XSi HDi 136, which the dealer bought back from me as neither they nor Peugeot knew how to repair the vibrating transmission following 6 visits back to them in four months.

    Having read all the reviews about how satisfied other people had been with Skoda cars, I took a look at the dealer.

    I was offered a test drive and I was so impressed with the drive, fit and finish of the car that I immediately ordered a new one. I can honestly say that since that day I have not looked back.

    The dealer could not have been more helpful. The car is totally satisfactory. I have now covered 950 miles and the car is already returning an average of 48mpg.

    Everything still works and I enjoy driving the car every day. It has an incredible specification for the price and I opted for a few extras such as sports suspension and 17-inch alloys, front parking sensors.

    Even with the options specified, the car still comes in at a list price of over £1000 less than the 307 XSi I previously drove. Would I recommend one? Without question - YES.

    Build quality is superb, value for Money is very good, the drive is very good.

    I am, without question, a satisfied customer.

  • 2.0 TDI PD Elegance 5dr

    Jonathan Davies Date: 31/03/2005
    • 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 have a Mercedes C-Class which is nine months old but I have driven the C-Class model for four years now.

    I test drove the Octavia for 24 hours and was really surprised at just how much better it was than the Merc. There was no hint of understeer at all even when pointing it at roundabouts at speed to see how it coped and crucially it didn't wobble like a old woman on an assault course like the C-Class Elegance does.

    To match the Skoda you have to turn all the electronic gizmos off on the Merc but this is a bit pointless and makes the suspension so hard you get compression fractures in your spine just going over pea shingle.

    I was inclined to be sceptical before about the slating Mercedes were getting in customer-satisfaction surveys as mine have always been OK but this is the point they are OK. The Octavia was good and a lot cheaper too. I have now ordered an Octavia estate and won't be going back to the three-pointed star, despite the remarks of my friends and colleagues. They can spend an extra 10 grand on a lower-quality car with a better badge personally I won't.

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