It's a great car with some great little gadgets. Very comfortable and extremely spacious. Performance is another good point and a very quiet engine. The best thing about the car is the price!
I got this car as a company vehicle to replace my Leon 20VT and I was dreading it because I do not like diesel engines. I needn’t have worried, it was a revelation! Once you get used to the lack of revs it’s actually quite quick and I’ve not once thought that it’s slow. I’m also starting to forget what a garage forecourt looks like as the Leon’s fuel consumption was probably down in the low twenties whereas the Octavia regularly sees 50mpg even with my enthusiastic driving style.
This being the Elegance model, it’s very well equipped but it’s also very well put together with a nice “quality” feel to the plastics and switchgear. It’s noticeably roomier that the Leon, particularly in the back even though it’s based on a similarly sized platform.
I really cannot fault this car, it drives and handles well, is comfortable and has understated handsome looks.
I’ve never had any problem with the Skoda badge as I know a little of their long history and sporting success but there have been a few Skoda “jokes” at work. I simply smile smugly as I know that I’ve got a brilliant car that a lot of people will probably miss out on because of their badge snobbery.
I've just bought a ex demonstrator on a 54 plate and I must say i'ts the best car I have driven in my 25 years behind the wheel.
I was one of the many who used to make jokes (heated rear window to keep your hands warm while pushing it) etc about Skoda's, but now I'm one of the converted.
I got the price I wanted for my trade in and the dealership could not have been more helpful from start to finish.
The build quality is first class and the 2Ltr TDI PD engine throws you back in your seat when the turbo kicks in at 2000rpm.
If the badge puts you off then buy something else not as good for more money while we Skoda owners laugh ourselves to sleep at night.
As my first diesel (and Skoda) the new Octavia has proven to be a relevation. It is great to drive (with the optional 17" alloys and Bridgestone Potenza tyres)
The build quality is quite superb, and the fuel economy is fantastic. My only "complaint" is the hand brake is a bit akward to use when the central armrest is in use. However, this is only a minor critisism in what is a very good car. This has been a private purchase for me
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