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.
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.
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.
We took delivery of the new car on March 1st 2011 and after having a Skoda tow hitch fitted paid £14300. I bought a single axle sheeo trailer and after 1700 miles achieved 41 mpg. I like the Cruise Control and general layout of the dashboard. The Media system and central armrest console. We had imitation wood fitted and had a rear boot mat, floor mats and protective door sills fitted and extra front mud flaps. All this is included in the price above. The reverse parking sensors and quietness of the petrol engine are a big improvement on my last diesel Octavia. We like the Rosso Brunello and get comments from admirers on the colour. I recommend the Skoda. Its not a Jap or a German car but designed and built by our Czech friends. I understand that a new Octavia is due to come out in a couple of years and understand that it will be wider and ? longer ? More like the Suberb ? No NO - please don't change the basic size of the current Skoda - Its big enough - Listed as a "Small Family car" is a misnomer - It quite big enough for a family of 4 with an enormous boot and the 1.4 TSI is a man enough engine for my trailer and load. Highly recommended.
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