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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.
  • 1.6 FSI Ambiente 5dr

    Frank Walsh , West Yorkshire . Date: 05/01/2009
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      32.4

    My car

    The joke is on the few 'image conscious' snobs that still remember the 60's and 70's cars, and wrongly connect them with the Lada cars from former East Germany. The latest Skodas are very much VW / Audi quality. The style, ride, space, economy, and above all the reliability is why the Octavia has become the obvious choice by taxi drivers everywhere in Europe. They need confidence the car will be 'on the road' not 'off the road'. A 40,000 service interval assures this. I have had one for nearly 4 years and it's only been back to the garage for a fuse for the rear washer which froze during a very cold spell. No hesitation recommending this car. I have had many Fords, a Nissan, a SAAB turbo, a Vauxhall, a Citroen, and driven dozens of other hire cars abroad You can keep them all. I intend sticking with the Octavia, and my only regret is I didn't buy the Superb instead. Only reason was it was the older model and looked dated. The new Superb looks S U P E R B!

  • 1.6 FSI Elegance 5dr

    louise grant Date: 23/12/2008
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Unfortunately I have had a bad experience with this car. I bought it when it was 6 months old (12,000) from the Halifax Skoda dealer and have had a catalogue of problems. The worst being when it was just 4 months out of warranty at 45,000 the internal cv joint went and caused damage to the crown wheel and pinion in the gearbox costing me nearly £2,000 in repairs. Skoda head office were not interested and said it was normal wear and tear. This begs the question 'is this joint really up to the job if it fails at this age ? ' can't wait to get rid in the new year but feel gutted at how much money it has cost me throughout ownership.

  • 1.6 FSI Ambiente 5dr

    Richard Perry , Lancashire . Date: 01/12/2008
    • 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
      38

    My car

    I had heard how good the Octavia was but my wife had ruled it out straight away on image grounds. I happened to pass a Vauxhall garage and spotted second hand example. I was simply amazed at what a good car this was. It has the 6 speed multi-tronic gearbox and while I had not been looking for an auto I loved it.

    I went home to tell my very sceptical wife that I had found the perfect car for us. I didn't shut up about how good it was all the way back to the garage and she kept telling me 'your over selling this, it's going to be disappointing because you've built it up so much'. Well she thought it was incredible and only took a short time to come to terms with the image thing.

    It has space for our two young daughters and all the associated kit. It is as fun or utterly relaxing to drive as you want to make it. Running costs are reasonable and there is a sort of smugness, when I see other Skoda drivers I find myself thinking, there's someone else who has found out about this secret.

    To sum up after over 6 months of ownership I am always disappointed if I luck out and end up with our other car (not that the other one is bad) and I enjoy driving the Octavia every time I get in.

  • 2.0 TFSI vRS 5dr

    brett preston , cumbria . Date: 06/11/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28

    My car

    Bought this car at launch brand new. This car seems to be on a bungee cord from my house to dealership. I have had to date been back for rear tail pipe,front headlight,inner wing lineing,steering rack,idle valve x2 ,engine management lights to be put off at least 7 times and at the moment this car is at the dealers because of severe power loss.The dealer cannot find the problem even after two weeks of investigation/part swapping. THIS CAR IS A SERIOUS NIGHTMARE. Only gave 1 star for running costs because an etimated £3k + in warranty claims(and still ongoing)

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