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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

    Pete Greenfield Date: 04/09/2008
    • 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'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.

  • 1.9 TDI PD Classic 5dr

    kenneth pugh Date: 06/08/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      50

    My car

    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

  • 1.9 TDI PD Elegance 5dr

    Angus Robson , Durham . Date: 17/06/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      53

    My car

    I last reviewed my car at around 18'000 miles and now, at 60,000 miles, there's little to add. The engine runs beautifully and needs no oil other than at it's annual service. Front tyres last about 25,000 miles and one of the rear tyres is an original (the other having been punctured). All brake discs and pads are still original. The average mpg is 53, with 60mpg achievable on long journeys. Other than one or two minor stone chips, the bodywork is unblemished, but I do polish it with a good quality polish 2 or 3 times a year, as well as re-blacking the rubber and plastic external trim. There have been no quality issues and no breakdowns, with only the aircon needing charging early this year as it stopped working. I get the car serviced and MOT'd at a VW dealership and it never misses a service. Not cheap, but the Skoda service prices are cheaper than their VW charges. All-in-all, a well made and reliable car - I will definitely replace it with another Skoda Octavia.

  • 1.9 TDI PD Ambiente 5dr

    john bradshaw Date: 08/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought a four year old 1.9 Ambiente Estate from a dealer in Kent in July 07. It had done 70,000 miles and bar the usual marks and scratches seemed in reasonable condition. It can average up to 60mpg on some runs and it can carry plenty in the back. I had read so much about the reliability of the Octavia that I was quite surprised that the radiator failed at 73,000 miles (within the dealers warranty period) and even more surprised when the synchromesh on 2nd failed after only 76,000 (alas no longer within the dealers warranty). My running costs per miles driven are therefore running higher than anything else I've owned. My verdict (apart from envying all those who don't seem to have any problems with their Octavias) is that I would be vary wary of buying another second hand one - although without all the defects I would rate the car higher.

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