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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 TDI CR 4x4 5dr

    Mervyn Hoyland , . Date: 27/07/2011
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      45.5

    My car

    I have owned this car a few months now and it is a lovely, comfortable car to drive which feels very steady and safe on the road (but I did previously drive a Picasso!). I do regret going for this engine as the gearbox has to be worked hard to maintain progress, probably due to the weight of the car. Fuel economy over the first 4,000 miles is 45.5 m.p.g. The boot is cavernous and I am glad I went for the variable boot floor which gives a flat loadspace, but I do find the cabin a bit short of stowage spaces e.g. for road maps (remember them?), a waste bin etc. The centre rear seat's usefulness is limited by the driveshaft tunnel. Build quality seems generally very good but the paint seems very thin - a very minor encounter with a plastic bin has gone through the paint. With the benefit of hindsight I think I would have been happier if I had gone for the 140bhp TDI engine (at least). The 1.6 engine maybe economical enough but, in this car, it doesn't provide much driver satisfaction or fun. I have yet to test its capabilities fully loaded but I expect the car to struggle at times.

  • 1.9 TDI PD Ambiente 5dr

    Jonathan Lovett , . Date: 23/05/2011
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      45

    My car

    This car is very uncomfortable for anyone over 5ft 11in. The rear end tends to slide easily making it feel unstable on country roads and the build quality does not live up to the clever marketing Skoda have put out. They keep their prices down by using poor quality paints which look good when you buy the car new but soon you may well have corrosion. They are notorious for not paying out on the corrosion warranty so there is a significant chance you will be left with a rust bucket. If you want people to mistake you for a Taxi driver get one of these. I am changing mine for a Subaru and I recommend anyone thinking of buying an Octavia to look beyond the clever VW Group marketing and think carefully about the quality of the materials they use. Ask yourself how they can produce the cars at the price?

  • 1.4 TSI S 5dr

    Geoff Charlesworth Date: 05/02/2009
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Tried twice now to contact Skoda via their website regarding the 1.4TSI Octavia, NO reply cannot be bothered it seems. Perhaps this is a lucky escape.

    Shows what they think of potential customers.

    I have NOT driven this car.

  • 2.0 TDI PD Elegance 5dr

    Adrian Kiddle , Norfolk . Date: 04/02/2009
    • 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
      44

    My car

    Unlike the previous reviewer I have not suffered with the creaking doors or poor radio reception, so I would disagree with his dealer's claim that all Octavias are the same. My previous car was a 2002 Mondeo estate and the radio / multi-CD player in the Ford was very disappointing. I find that the FM radio reception in my Octavia is much better than the Ford's, and the CD player will play MP3 disks in addition to normal audio CDs. There is also an aux socket for external MP3 players and the like. My car was new in September 2007, and you will not find these audio features in older Octavias such as my father's 2005 L&K model. Although the load space in the Octavia estate is a bit less than in the Mondeo estate, it is very good for a car of this size. The boot of the Octavia is not as capable as the Mondeo when it comes to accepting large objects, being about 4 inches shorter and 4 inches narrower, but it is about 4 inches deeper including the space below the variable boot floor and this space is useful for storing oddments with the false floor in place. The car has done 12700 miles with no problems apart from a recent faulty semsor in the engine management system that was promptly sorted out under warranty. I am very happy with the fit and finish of the Octavia, the way that it drives, the level of equipment and the reliability.

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