What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For Great build quality; reliability

Against Pricey; entry-level cars are short on safety kit

Verdict A great used car, but it can be rare

Go for… 1.6 FSI Ambiente

Avoid… 1.4 Classic

Skoda Octavia Hatchback
  • 1. Flywheel can cause serious problems on 2.0-litre diesel - make sure recall work was done
  • 2. The timing belt tensioners on 1.6-litre petrols can give problems
  • 3. The Octavia's boot is enormous
  • 4. The cabin feels solid and plush
  • 5. There's a little wind noise from the car's front pillars at motorway speeds
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