My second modern Skoda having changed from the 4x4 Estate to the dsg auto in June. Excellent comfort, handling and economy. The 6 speed auto is so smooth you do not feel the changes.
So you want a car with the interior size of a passat, cheaper than a golf, a huge boot/hatch - withour making any compromises and a bit different from everyone - its all here.
54,000 miles from new in 3 years - yes a couple of issues but nothing the dealer hasn't sorted out - including a steering rack, water leak, wind noise form rear window and fuel temperature sensor (all sorted under warranty) but otherwise a pleasure to own.
Only niggle - Sports Suspension and Low Profiles - noisey and bumpy ride - but the handling, by way of compensation, is great.
2.0 TDI + DSG gearbox - wow, you dont know it has changed gear except the indicator on the dash and the instant urge when you put your foot down brings a smile everytime and suprises everyone, especially the otrher road users.
Would I recommend one - well I have just ordered a new one.
recently i traded my subaru legacy /liberty 3.0 auto , for the octavia vrs wagon , due to the heavy fuel consumption . new to australia in the last year , its a great car , it reminds me of my golf mk 4 gti but much better ,handles more confidently . the economy is outstanding , and the build quality is excellent . after reading the j d power uk reports i took the plunge on an unknown car in oz . great work skoda .
I decided on the Octavia VRS as my new company car in July 2006. It has so far clocked-up 76,000 miles and still drives as though it has just left the showroom.
On average, I tend to do about 200 (mostly motorway) miles per day, Monday through to Friday and the Octavia has so far never had a breakdown, nor has it developed any of those annoying little niggles/rattles that you so often find yourself resigned to living with until the time comes to change the car.
The dealership have been far better than some of the previous manufacturers I've dealt with. When the variable service interval has come around, I've always been supplied with a reasonably spec'd Octavia (with a good half tank of fuel which is a rarity these days) and the VRS has been returned waxed and polished and vacuumed internally.
Benefit in kind for company car drivers is a little on the high side but that is really the only compromise I feel I've made by selecting my Octavia.
I think that when July 2009 comes around and it's time to change the car, the only thing that I'll alter will be the colour just so the neighbours know that it's a newer model!!
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