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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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110 reader reviews for Skoda Octavia Hatchback.
  • 2.0 TDI CR 170 vRS 5dr

    Dominic Kuryliw , West Yorkshire . Date: 11/07/2011
    • 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
      49.6

    My car

    This is the third Skoda I've now owned. Previously, I've had an Octavia Elegance, a Fabia Elegance, and now an Octavia VRS. I purchased the Octavia VRS as a replacement for my superb Fabia. The VRS fulfills all my requirements: -Great road handling -Excellent acceleration -Economy -Relatively low running costs

    I purchased the VRS with dark grey metallic paint, full leather interior, IPOD integration, wiper, light and reverse sensors.

    After having the car for 8 months and completing 16000 miles I am really pleased with the purchase. I am avg 53mpg and find as a general rule that if I drive like a normal person I am getting around 450 miles to a tank (This is without the fuel light coming on). I do a lot of motorway driving so find the car brilliant on long journeys. I have only occasionally taken the car onto country roads, where the handling comes alive.

    When purchasing the car I looked at the BMW 320D and the Insignia. I concluded that the BMW was going to be very costly and would not come with the same kit level without spending 8k more than the Octavia. The Insignia looked good, but the Engine was lacking the grunt and the economy was poor.

    Would highly recommend

  • 1.8 TSI Elegance 5dr

    Paul Webb Date: 20/05/2011
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    The 2nd Octavia I've had this being the latest generation version. Good stuff - equipment, build quality, drive, DSG gearbox. Can't really fault anything in the way the car's been put together - especially after my last car (Mazda 6), which it beats in all departments. Stereo (Columbus) is excellent and the SatNav bit of it works really well too. Climate control is fast, though a bit noisy initially. Useful stuff like shopping hooks in the boot remain too.

    The only thing I've yet to get to grips with is the seating position - although there are lots of adjustments, I just can't find the sweet spot yet. I had no problems with the older (2005) version I had, so I guess I'll get there in the end.

  • 2.0 TFSI vRS 5dr

    stephen beal , west yorks . Date: 07/05/2011
    • Overall verdict
      5 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Had my race blue DSG petrol VRS for just over 1 year now. Previously had a new Audi A6 and prior to that a Jaguar. I had a nasty accident and as a result can't work any more and need an automatic car. I couldn't afford/ foil paying fancy prices anymore so did an unbelieable number of hours of research on what to buy next. I finally went for a test drive in an Octavia and can't tell you how much I loved it and had to have one. The car is equally as good as my previous cars, it is comfortable extremly smooth, the engine and gearbox are absolutely out of this world. the car is spacious, practical and soooo fast. I've never had a minutes trouble with it and just paid upfront £299 to cover two years servicing, my previous cars cost more than that for one year. YES I love this car. Only slight downside is 29 mpg around town but can get 44mpg on a run, but I knew that when I bought it, I only now do around 5000 miles per year so it doesn't matter that much. £265 fully comp. insurance.

  • 2.0 TFSI vRS 5dr

    Matt Nicholson Date: 14/03/2011
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32

    My car

    I have owned this car from new since May 2010. During that period it has been at the dealership for repairs for a total of 9 weeks (1 week for every 5 weeks I have had the car). The issue is purely one of the poor quality of the build on the particular car I have. I have been plagued with persistent and loud rattles from all four corners of the car. I have had problems with the rear seat staying locked in position. I have had vents replaced in the dashboard because they creaked like a rusty gate. I have had a major water leak under the dashboard which created unbelievable condensation dripping off all the windows in great amounts. I have had the drivers door pull come away from the door when I pulled the door closed. And now I have a new, louder and more persistent rattle from the front passenger foot-well. I am simply broken hearted...the car is great to drive, properly fast and handles well. I researched this purchase for weeks before giving Skoda my order on the basis of their reputation and my faith in the car has been completely shattered. The dealership have been great (Hughes) but they can only keep fixing it when it goes wrong...they can't turn back time to have it built properly in the first place. I hope anyone who does buy one has better luck than I have had because it ought to be a great car.

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