I read all the rave reviews for the new shape octavia myself but can't believe just how good they are! I bought an 05 reg 1.9TDI elegance estate with 70K for £5500, bargain. I had convinced myself that I wanted the 2.0TDI but after driving the 1.9 I changed my mind. It has loads of torque, cruises on the motorway and gives superb MPG. I average nearly 52MPG with my usual mix of motorway and and town driving (and I drive enthusiastically) on a recent 450mile round trip I managed 57MPG! This car is so easy to drive, light clutch, direct and informative steering, superb gearchange and SKODA has to be applauded for making a car that both handles superb but still soaks up all the bumps (take note Audi drivers). Inside you can play spot the VAG parts bin with the majority of switches and controls. Even the seat fabric is the same pattern as my old Audi A4! The estate offers a huge load bay just the job when you have a young family and all the paraphernalia. My only criticism would be the occasional fit problem with some of the internal octavia specific plastic trim panels on the A,B and C pillars, but this really is nit picking. To sum up, take your time searching for the right model at the right price, the elegance has all the toys you could want and at the right price nothing else comes close. Wake up and notice how many taxi drivers use Skoda's, they normally know a thing or two about reliability and this car feels like it will stand upto a lot of miles!
SKODA OCTAVIA 2.0 TDI VRS ESTATE THIS IS THE BEST CAR IVE EVER HAD HAD FROM NEW 2007 57 PLATE DONT BUT THE AUDI OR THE VW GOLF YOU DONT GET THE TOYS THE PRICE IS £15000 MORE ITS THE SAME CAR JUST WITH A SKODA BADGE. THE SERVICE IS GREAT. THE POWER AND THE ROOM IN THE CAR ARE SUPERB .GREAT MPG £145 TAX 12 MONTHS AND THE PRICE IS VERY GOOD TRY CLOCK CLOCK GARAGE IN DERBY SKODA DEALER
I've have a 1.9 TDI Elegance Estate. Bought it two weeks ago, having first tested a Dodge Caliber (utterly appalling), a Renault Grand Scenic (oddly cramped and put off by the owners' reviews on this site) and a Peugeot 407 SW (nice looking but big reliability issues judging by the reviews). Drove the Skoda on a recommendation from a mate who does thousands of miles a month in his and it was love at first drive. Really solid car, bucketloads of premium features, huge boot and a really torquey 1.9 diesel engine. Under 10k for a mint, top of the range 05 model with 28k miles from a main dealer. I've done 750 miles and have managed 64 to the gallon on the M4; and still late 40s around town. Road fund licence: £120 a year. Def try one if you're in the market for an estate.
2 minor problems that the Skoda Dealer attended to straight away a driver’s interior door handle and the rear interior trim on the tailgate both replaced under warranty 1 which would be considered Major The dual mass flywheel and clutch replaced at 30,000mls this manifested its self with a vibration when accelerating i.e. full throttle about 1500rpm this was also replaced under warranty The 1.9tdi with 105bhp it could do with a little more power at motorway speeds there is a world of difference between the 105bhp and 140bhp I will be keeping this car for a good while yet, at least until a new model appears and the diesel CR engines are fitted I know there is a facelift model due at the end of this year /early next year LIKE. I find the car very comfortable, easy to drive holds the road well lots of space puts other estate cars costing much more to shame DISLIKE. Small buttons for AC, Recirculation and Heated Rear Widow should be as large as radio knobs there is loads of space for them, Stupid heated mirror switches on side of door should have been on arm rest with window switches or incorporated into the heated rear window switch so they operate at the same time A 6 speed gearbox would have been be nice on the 1.9 tdi a quieter motorway life
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