What's the used Skoda Octavia like?
Introduced in 1998, the Octavia was the car that really turned Skoda around. It was the first of its fleet to be designed and built under Volkswagen's stewardship, and it shows.
Behind the wheel, everything feels nicely put together and it's all well laid out. Getting a decent driving position should be no problem, thanks to a good range of seat and steering wheel adjustment. And, the seats are well bolstered, remaining comfortable even on long motorway journeys. However, back-seat occupants are not so well catered for, with an obvious lack of legroom.
Practicality is good, though, even if the mid-sized Octavia can't match the more commodious Peugeot 406 estate. The boot is large, and the seats fold down to produce a spacious and well shaped load area.
There is a wide range of variants to choose from, including a hot 180bhp vRS. The drive on all models, though, is competent and capable, rather than outright exciting.