Latest Octavia is a cracker - SKODA OCTAVIA Car Review

Review

Added: 08 Mar 2010
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I HAVE long had a soft spot for Skoda’s VW Golf-based Octavia and a week spent with the 1.8 TSi recently only enhanced it in my eyes.

What a cracking car! The 160bhp turbo engine is also used in the Audi A3 Sportback, but the Skoda is just about as well built, just as much fun to drive, and £3,500 cheaper.

And it doesn’t lose any more of your money in depreciation over three years either.

The 1.8 engine is a gem – so smooth that there is no vibration at all at tickover – and gives huge performance, pulling easily from low revs right to the red line.

It has a six-speed gearbox, a light clutch and marvellous brakes. The ride is marvellous even on fairly rough roads at speed and although it rolls a little, it’s not bad at all and grips forever, giving tenacious road holding. Handling is safe, sure and very positive.

It’s almost as quick as more expensive models like the high performance VRS and I want one!

Interior

It comes with stereo controls on the steering wheel, four electric windows with all switches in the driver’s door, a big touch screen for stereo and climate, and a trip computer.

It has a huge boot – bigger than some cars in the next class up - and there is good legroom in the rear. This car is family friendly and huge fun – a car for all reasons.

FAST FACTS            

Skoda Octavia

Price: £15,900

Mechanical: 158bhp, 1798cc, 4 cylinder petrol engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox.

Max speed: 139mph

0-62mph: 7.8 seconds

Combined mpg: 40

Insurance group: 11

CO2 emissions: 158g/km

BIK rating: 19%

Warranty: 3yrs/ 60,000 miles

Marks: 10/10

Main rival: VW Golf

Words: Peter Hayward

Keywords: Skoda, Octavia