Our cars: Skoda Octavia, Renault Captur and Hyundai Santa Fe

* Octavia makes motorway miles melt away * We discover the mute function in the Captur * Santa Fe’s windscreen finally gets replaced...

Our cars: Skoda Octavia, Renault Captur and Hyundai 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

Talk about a full-on day. Last Friday, the Octavia was tasked with taking my mum, my sister and I from Surrey to a funeral on the south coast and back, which it did suitably smoothly, quietly and discreetly.

Once we’d got back at about 7pm, I then dashed across south London to my flat to pick up my girlfriend, load the boot with a weekend’s luggage and drive to her parents’ house in Devon.

I expected the journey southwest to feel like an arduous one, but the Octavia is great at covering long distances, so I hardly noticed the miles slipping away. This also meant I didn’t feel too tired – and therefore grumpy – on the way, much to my girlfriend’s relief!

We got to Devon after midnight, and having driven 300 miles in a day, I got out of the Octavia thankful for its ability to make long journeys feel like much shorter ones.

When you’ve got a lot to do in a day, a 2.0-litre diesel Octavia is right up there with the best £20k cars for the job.

By Barnaby Jones

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

In the car park

Deputy content editor Ed Callow discovers the Renault Captur’s audio mute function - by accident.

The Hyundai Santa Fe’s cracked windscreen finally gets replaced, and photographer Will Williams is mighty glad that he didn’t have to pay for it.

Read more about our long-term fleet.