Our cars: Octavia, Captur and Santa Fe

* Octavia’s vast boot makes it easy to transport a bike * Our Captur’s first service is due in a few weeks * Traffic jams are less tiring with Santa Fe’s auto hold mode...

Our cars: Octavia, Captur and Santa Fe

Every day, we take a look at a few of the cars that we are living with. Today, it's the turn of the Skoda Octavia, Renault Captur and Hyundai Santa Fe.

Skoda Octavia

The Octavia was used as bike transport this week – and jolly good it was at it, too.

There was no need to take the front wheel off my bike, and the bike fitted in easily enough through the large boot opening. It’s a shame that the rear seats don't fold flat, but there’s so much space that it hardly matters; the bike simply lies on a slight slope.

To cap it all, after a few hours huffing and puffing up and down hills in the Surrey countryside, the Octavia’s light pedals didn’t make my aching legs any worse on the drive home.

By Barnaby Jones

Read all of our updates on life with our Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI.

In the car park

The Renault Captur’s first service is due, so it’s time for deputy content editor Ed Callow to see how easy it is to book - and put the local Renault dealers to the test.

We reflect on why our Hyundai Santa Fe’s gearbox auto hold function might make sense as a standard feature on all new cars in the future.