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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.
  • 1.4 TSI Elegance 5dr

    Giles Wynne , . Date: 19/12/2010
    • 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
      41.8

    My 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.

  • 1.6 FSI Elegance 5dr

    CHAU MAK Date: 10/02/2009
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      38

    My car

    I bought my Octavia 1.6FSI elegance with optional sports suspension and 17" alloys new in March 2005 and have enjoyed driving and owning it over the last 4 years. The engine is slightly underpowered if you like to drive enthusiastically but is okay for day to day driving. I get ave 38 mph with the the climate control on all the time, using cruise control as often as I can. I drive mainly on A roads with some traffic in towns at either end of the journey. The variable servicing is great and means I only have to service it every 18,000 miles costing betwen £230-£270 each time. The 17" tyres last about 15,000 miles on the front which isn't great, but the ride is confortable and there isn't too much road noise. The car is solidily built and very practical. The cabin plastics and seats are great quality and after driving 60,000 miles the car still looks almost new. The boot is enormous, no other car seems to compare. I even managed to fit in a bunk bed including the mattresses(although I did have to dismantle the frame first!!)

  • 2.0 TDI PD vRS 5dr

    Steven D , Cavan . Date: 08/02/2009
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      47.5

    My car

    Having spent many an August day round many Seat/Wolkswagen & Skoda garage, I finally took the plunge and placed an order with Doran Motors near Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan for a Corrida Red 2008 Octavia vRS diesel.

    At the time I was unsure if I had made the right choice but when I sat behind the leather spoked steering wheel and placed the grippy sharp gear lever into first, I was simply delighted.

    When I firs took it out on the main road at the garage, I was breathtaken by the absolute performance in a diesel car. I honestly think that in today's marketplace there is simply no other car with the same good sense & practicality all round.

    Super sized boot is incredible. It held almost 100 tins of sweets comfortably!!!

    All that I would slightly fault the Octavia for would be that because of the performance it shreds through tyres in 1st & 2nd gears. On saying that, I safely got 23k miles from the full set of tyres.

    Excellent handling and has a tankful of torque in mid range revs. Very economical. 45mpg+. Beautifully designed seats & interior. The new version with the touchscreen radio is astonishly beautiful.

    A sheer pleasure to drive any day. One of the few cars that makes me smile.

  • 1.9 TDI PD Elegance 5dr

    Martin Hamilton , Somerset . Date: 04/02/2009
    • 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
      51

    My car

    I'm just changing my Octavia Elegance DSG Hatch for... an Octavia Elegance DSG Estate. I’ve driven them for 8 years and 400,000 miles.

    I've owned or driven long term company / hire cars numbering over 50 since I started driving 37 years ago and without a doubt this is the best in terms of reliability, affordability, comfort, efficiency and overall "feel good factor".

    If I was really picky, the RDS radio changes FM frequencies a lot on a long drive (but then the radio in my Honda CRV just broadcast static on the same route – otherwise I'm "reaching" to find anything I can rate any less than excellent. If you buy from a dealer, they're never going to be "bargain basement" but then you can buy a much cheaper same-age French car, repent at your leisure and become intimately involved with your local dealer. I would say that although extended servicing seems cheaper, in the long run it’s better to switch to fixed 10k intervals to extend the longevity of the drivetrain. I've spent a day on the web and AutoTrader checking out the competition and I can’t find any.

    Finally, at an indicated 70 I get 55-58 mpg between Somerset and West London in the rush hour, my best was 62 mpg. My lifetime mpg over the last 25k miles is 51 mpg. I'd challenge anyone to find a better car!

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