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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72 reader reviews for Skoda Octavia Estate.
  • 1.6 TDI CR Elegance 5dr

    Mike Leech , . Date: 16/03/2012
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      51.6

    My car

    My fourth, and probably last, car from VAG. It is good at what it does, but at 50,000 miles (yesterday !) and 27 months old there are too many issues. In a car that young, you shouldn't have problems with lights that are caused by connectors RUSTING AWAY, nor should there be frequent intermittent problems with the DRLs. The above I could live with, but 3 days in the garage because of an electrical failure (frayed loom - not something that can be detected by following diagnostics, but because the repairing garage were not the seller, they have to follow Skoda's instructions for warranty repairs) at 15 months old was bad enough, but the car has just come back after 3 weeks off the road following a turbo failure, again, repaired under warranty, but it took so long as everything had to be done with reference to Skoda Technical, whose spec says the oil pressure should be 9 bar and the garage spend two weeks under direction trying to acheive that before Skoda Technical changed their mind and said it should only be 6. If it wasn't for these issues, I'd happily have another, but its beginning to look like VAG has returned to penny pinching - Coil pack, anyone ?

  • 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.

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