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      10.05.2012 23:02
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      I miss mine

      We bought the Octavia hatchback (1.9 TDI PD, Ambiente trim) when it was two years old, with a high mileage of 100k and a full service history. I am not sure if the car was a rep/business traveller vehicle or possibly even a taxi, but whatever it was it came to us in a good nick and at a good price - for a two year old vehicle - which reflected the mileage.

      We had it for three years and in those years it not only served as a everyday workhorse of the car for family driving but also did over 15,000 miles around Europe, from France to the mountains of Crete and back, via the not-so-fantastic roads of Bulgaria, Slovakia and Poland. Thus, the use we made of it consisted mostly of day-to-day driving on A and B roads at home, a lot of motorway and long-distance A-road type driving, some punishing narrow mountain roads from Greece to Scottish Highlands and relatively little city driving. I am giving this information as I think anybody's opinion of the car is very strongly influenced by the use one makes of it and a person who is looking for a city car for one small person will obviously need a different vehicle than somebody doing a lot of long-distance driving with a family of five.

      Overall, I have been extremely happy with this car. I am neither a petrolhead (hey, this is diesel anyway) nor a car nut of any sort and thus my opinion is strictly a lay person's one.

      1) Our Octavia has proved to be extremely reliable. It suffered no breakdowns at all during the time we had it. The only non-routine work that it needed was a replacement front bearing, probably due to the fact that we rode the brake pads and discs to almost extinction while driving in Greece. Not surprising really as Octavia is full of major components by the VW but with a more down-market image and, especially in lower trim versions, toys and finishing - and thus significantly lower price.

      2) Economy. As most modern diesels, this car is very economical and (especially when driven by the Other Adult rather than yours truly) it commonly achieved over 50mpg, especially on long-distance trips. This is quite a reasonable result for a 2-litre engine and a fully loaded car.

      3) Size. Our Octavia was a decently sized hatchback, with a huge boot and masses of space inside. Particularly the legroom in the back, even with front seats pushed back, was very generous. With back seats down it was capable of transporting three bikes or very many large boxes.

      4) Comfort. The seats (I can only speak for the front ones) were very comfortable. On occasion we spent over 15 hours with a few small breaks in the car and we were (being both tall and in our 40s) able to get out and walk afterwards, and drive again the next day. Plenty of leg room, as I mentioned before, and even with the passenger seat pushed forward still room for a tall woman's legs and a bag. The driver's seat had adjustable height, backrest and lumbar support which all made a lot of difference on the long stretches. The steering wheel, again, adjustable two ways. I would have liked a slightly thinner wheel (I am not sure if it's the right expression - I mean the cross-section diameter of the torus of the wheel) as after several hours my hands got a bit stiff, but those chunkier wheels are typical of modern cars and it was a minor thing really.

      5) Handling and driving. I am not an expert on driving vocabulary or technique but driving this Octavia felt good. It had enough oomph for any overtaking I wanted to do (though as the previous cars I drove were also diesels, but much older, I am probably not that demanding in this area), didn't struggle uphill in any reasonable gear; held the road very, very nicely even on sharp and steep corners and had what appeared to be a very reasonable turning circle for manoeuvring.

      6) Toys. The toys you get depend on the particular model, obviously, and ours was the mid-spec Ambiente (with Classic being the lower and Elegance the higher spec). I was lucky enough not to have to rely on any safety features, though the traction control seemed to help on muddy corners. The 6-CD changer in the boot was fun on longer journeys along boring motorways, and the AC as provided was sufficiently cool in hot Mediterranean summer.

      Altogether, the Octavia was a great car and now it has been totalled by your reviewer, we are seriously contemplating buying another (or would, if the insurer offered anything approaching the replacement value for the written off car - but this is a story for a completely different review).

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        07.08.2011 22:06
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        A great (and economical) car for a family, but with an executive look

        We've just bought a 1.6 TDI Skoda Octavia and are very impressed by both its performance and its practicality. The interior feels higher spec than other cars of a similar class that we looked at, and has great features like a touch screen audio system (which takes an SD card with mp3 files - means we can have our entire music collection at the touch of a button) and of course the HUGE boot makes it a very sensible choice for a family car. The handy trip computer has confirmed the excellent MPG of this car (60 MPG combined) and the indicator that shows what gear you should drive in for maximum fuel efficiency is a welcome feature. Plus with £30 a year road tax it makes for low running costs - very welcome in the current climate.
        One thing we have found though is that it is easier to stall it that other cars we have owned - may be us getting used to a new car though (and this is our first diesel).

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          12.05.2011 00:00

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          Good Quality family car

          Yes, thats the sentence I so often hear when I tell people that I've got a Skoda. I've also come across probably all the jokes there have ever been about them. But, they soon change their opinions when they actually take a drive in the car. I've had my Skoda Octavia VRS for about 5 years now, and I would not change it for the world. Its been a reliable car in every way. Its economical with the fuel, and is a lovely comfortable drive. And for all those who have never been in one, yes it is surprisingly fast, enough to satisfy a speed freak like myself.

          For a family car, its ideal, there is plenty of room in the boot for the friday big shop! plus we've even had cement and bags of sand in ours, and not just one or two!!

          Parts can be a little expensive, and its always best to go to a Skoda garage, but then again there is a skoda club you can join, and if there is extensive work needed to be done on your vehicle, the Skoda garage is generally happy to loan you a car.

          I would thoroughly recommend this car to anyone looking for a reliable family car, but who also is a bit of a speed freak...

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          22.02.2010 02:54
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          This car is a VW Passat in a Skoda outfit.

          The pick of the bunch has to be the Hatchback 1.4 TSI Elegance trim. You may think the 1.4 engine isn't powerful enough for a car of this size but it pulls along well with a top speed of 127mph. And a 0-60 time in 9.8 seconds, it isn't slow out the blocks either. The average fuel consumption is around 45mpg which is great for a petrol engine.
          If you want something in the lower end of the Octavia range you can go for the 1.4 16v S trim which has the basic kit on board. Top of the range is the 2.0 TDI CR which is in VW Passat price territory.
          The Elegance trim equipment has alloy wheels, rear electric windows and a six CD changer. Also cruise control and an alarm come as standard.
          Overall the Octavia is definitely a cheaper option compared to the VW Passat and you get the same kind of gadgets inside. Its a great family car and can't be ignored if your looking to ferry the family around.

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            02.09.2009 22:59
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            Great practical family car.

            New 2009 Skoda Octavia 1.4 TSI

            I grew up at a time when Skodas were the butt of many car jokes, such as, "Where's the dip stick in a Skoda? In the drivers seat."
            A car from the eastern block couldn't really be taken seriously, and no self-respecting person could possibly be seen in one.
            Then Volkswagen stepped in to work with Skoda.
            Ever since VW started having an input, Skoda started to turn out some quite credible cars such as the Felicia. Dull to look at and uninspiring to drive it nevertheless marked an upturn in Skodas fortunes.

            Skoda is now a very viable contender in the market. For nearly a decade their cars have been near the top of well known owner satisfaction surveys. Scoring well on value for money, reliability, practicality, comfort, and a good dealer network.

            One of Skodas most successful cars, the Octavia has just had a facelift for 2009.
            The Octavia range now benefits from the latest VW group TSI engines.
            So I set out to see just how good the new Octavia is mated to a 1.4 TSI engine.

            The profile of the car is the same as the previous model, but the new front end gives the Octavia a more upmarket look. I can't really call it attractive, but it certainly isn't an ugly car.

            On the inside it's all Volkswagen. The quality of the interior is very good and you get Volkswagens touch screen entertainment and information system. The drivers seat has plenty of adjustment and the steering adjusts for height and reach. The Driving position was spot on for me.
            Room in the back is very generous too with good head room. The boot is a very practical 585 litres for the hatchback which expands to 1455 litres with the rear seats folded.

            But what is it like on the road?
            Lets start with that engine. The TSI engine combines a turbocharger and a supercharger with direct injection. This means that you have a small capacity petrol engine with torque characteristics of a diesel, and the higher revs of a petrol.
            The power from this little 1.4 is 122bhp and has 148lbs/ft of torque available from 1500rpm. To put that into perspective, a 2.0 litre petrol Honda Accord produces 142lbs/ft of torque from 4500rpm.
            Having this much torque from only 1500rpm makes the Octavia surprisingly punchy and it can haul itself up some pretty steep hill without having to change down.
            This makes it a pleasure to drive around town.
            On the open road when you start to explore the upper reaches of the rev range, the engine starts to feel underpowered. Don't forget that the Octavia is a big car, and 122bhp leaves it feeling sluggish accelerating up to motorway speeds.
            On the twisty stuff the Octavia handles surprisingly well for a car of its size. There is a bit of roll through the corners, but the steering is very direct, if lacking a bit of feel, and it turns in nicely. It also smoothes out the bumps quite well, and is not put off by hitting a bump mid corner.
            Cruising on the motorway is a pleasure. The Octavia has a 6th gear and it is very quite and refined, and with that low down torque, motorway inclines are no problem.
            The 0-60mph is 9.7 seconds which is just about adequate. The official combined mpg is 44.8mpg, but with normal driving I found that I could easily beat that with 48mpg.
            With the torque from so low in the rev range you hardly have to use much throttle at all for pulling away and getting up to speed, and you can always use a higher gear than you could in other cars. This is why I think I managed to easily beat the official mpg figures with hardly any effort.

            The model I tested was the Elegance. Standard equipment includes:
            16" alloys
            Rear parking sensors
            Auto dimming rear view mirror with rain sensor.
            Cruise control
            Dual zone air conditioning
            Air conditioned storage compartment with adjustable arm rest between the front seats.
            Aux socket for mp3 player
            Front fog lights
            Maxi-dot trip computer.

            In this trim the on the road price is £14,765
            This car really does represent value for money. Not many rival manufactures can offer a car with so much space, equipment and quality for this price.
            An equivalent Ford Focus will set you back £17,245.

            The 1.4tsi Octavia is a very capable car. The only thing that niggled me was the lack of power at the top end. So if it was my money I'd go for the 1.8tsi. 0-60 in 7.8 seconds, 185lbs/ft of torque from 1500rpm. And only £1400 more.

            Skodas are no joke, but a very serious contender.

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              10.02.2009 02:22
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              A comfortable quality people's car with a German pedigree

              I had often admired from afar the German automotive art with examples from prestige makes including; Porsche, Mercedes, Audio, Volkswagen, and the mighty Trabant!

              I wanted to buy into a reliable German Diesel like an Audi A4 or VW Passat. My ex. Boss had got himself an Audi A4 and always moaned about the £400-odd cost of its annual servicing. My two brothers had both recently changed their cars, one getting an Audi A6 and the other bought himself the VW Polo. I had heard about the VW takeover of the Czech automobile manufacturer Skoda and made enquiries about the Octavia that looked rather like the VW Passat but offered for sale at a fraction of the cost but still with benefit of that VAG diesel engine.

              I looked in local newspaper as well as online on autotrader.co.uk and found that not as many Skodas were being offered for sale secondhand, no bad sign when looking for a car you wished to keep for sometime. From 2001 to 2008 I managed to wear out my Ford Focus 1800 petrol and as my annual mileage exceeded the 12000-mile service interval and the service light came on during the year in spite of annual serving - I decided after 7 years and 115,000 miles it was time to get something with a longer service interval. I noticed that some advertisements for the Skoda Octavia diesel reported the service interval to be 2 years.

              I enquired by telephone at a local Skoda Garage about these reported running costs and he confirmed that the service interval could be set to 10,000 mile/ Annual service for £80. Alternatively you could select as I did, a variable service interval indicated by a service light on the car's instrument panel and the exact mileage was determined by how hard the car had been driven, but on average he quoted that it was around 17,000 miles with easily exceeded my annual mileage, after which the car is placed on a VAG diagnostic machine for £164. The Skoda Service manual recommended that if the service light does not light after two years then take it in for a service so as not to invalidate the 3-year warranty. Which also comes with 3 years free RAC membership to take you to your car's first MOT.

              Once I had decided I wanted to buy a brand new Skoda Octavia Estate car for March 2008, I looked in the new car search tab of the Autotrader.co.uk and it returned the best prices for a company named Autofinder.ltd.uk - a UK-based car reseller that secures cars from 20 major manufacturers including Skoda with fantastic reductions. The prices were so competitive that instead of the basic 140 bhp 2.0 diesel, I decided upon the sporty 6-gear manual 170 bhp VRS estate in Race Blue with 18-inch Zenith alloys. All for an on the road price of £15,890 that included the first years Road Fund License, and three years RAC membership. One thing I spent some of the money I saved on the purchase price was Chip Shield - a plastic protective film apples to the front of the car to almost eliminate stone chips to the paintwork - at a worthwhile cost of £400. The day after I purchased the car I had to pass a gritting lorry - and it was not to be my only one either - and the car's paintwork still has no chips!

              After 11 and a half months and 14,000 miles, the only maintenance required has been a small oil top-up once - this car still makes me smile every day just knowing I own a car this nice. The onboard computer does more against speeding than any amount of speed cameras by continuously displaying the current miles per gallon you are getting - a very effective way of making you ease off the accelerator pedal in order to consistently get 52 miles per gallon but still giving you the opportunity to swiftly and safely pass lorries by unleashing the power of the beast for short periods then easing off and get back to working on increasing the miles per gallon figure. The day I purchased the Octavia I followed a blue VW Passat and was amazed just how similar the two body shapes were.

              This Skoda Octavia represents not only great value for money but is also a genuine prestige-class quality automobile that I am still proud to own.

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                24.08.2008 07:55

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                Concurring with the general comments of others, reliability is excellent keeping running costs low.. I have owned mine for five years and several friends are on their second or even third car. None have encountered any problems other than routine servicing. Like all cars they have their faults notable poor rear leg room, wind noise at speed and the handling is not all it could be. However, general ride quality, comfort and performance (130 PD) is very good. There is a saying about wise men and fools. By all means buy an Audi or VW and pay 4-5000 for an equivilent car and the previlege of the name. Or buy Skoda and leave some of your hard earnt cash earning interest rather than depreciation.Okay, interior fittings are not as good a quality as Audi/VW but are perfectly acceptable.

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                09.08.2003 16:38
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                I have owned a Glx Tdi for 4 years. It was quite a nice car until it started to go wrong. The car developed a mind of its own, opening doors and windows, switching the radio off, and cutting out on the immobiliser. Eventually, both rear windows went down and wouldn't come back up. This was a month ago. The problem is still not fixed and the windows are still open after the car has been seen by 2 Skoda main dealers. One attempted to jam the window closed with a bit torn from a cardboard box, but it fell down again under its own weight. My advice, if you're thinking of buying one, is to "remember the jokes". Skoda doesn't seem so funny when each punch line is accompanied by a bill for £200 or so.

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                  Of all the cars I ever expected (or hoped!) to own, a Skoda was never one of them. Well, not until March 01 anyway. Got rid of my Golf GTi Mk 5 and went for the public transport option, but then along came Hatfield and months of delays. Back to the road, then. I liked many of the features of the Golf, but not its roly-poly handling, the indifference of VW dealers and the fact that bits kept falling off it. I subsequently found myself and my misgivings in a Skoda dealer after a recommendation from a friend, and proceeded to be amazed by the Octavia. First impression on looking it over was to double check the badge on the bonnet. Switches, controls, dash layout, door handles, engines etc etc - all either identical or very close to the Golf. Build quality first rate too, although some of the trim materials used are slightly more down-market. Driving it was also a revelation - Golf-like but without as much body roll into corners and therefore that bit more confidence inspiring. Not sure what they've put in the water in the Czech Republic lately, but it certainly works. And just 'czech' out those prices - excellent value for what you get. So I bought one - a 1.8T Elegance estate (better looking to my eyes than the hatch). Any regrets after 17 months and 23 000 miles? A resounding 'No'. The Elegance version is fully loaded and everything has proved to be reliable. Motorway cruising is effortless and the Audi/VW 1.8T engine gives me plenty of grunt and 35 mpg. The interior has worn well although the trim patterns may not be to every taste. Control layout is almost identical to the Golf and has the same plusses and minuses i.e. 90% excellent ergonomics but climate control set too low. Seats are firm but comfortable, and the infinitely adjustable driving position is a pleasure. Boot space is vast and front seat folks are well-catered for. Leg room in the back can be a little cramped but this is down to the wheel base of
                  the Golf/A3 floorpan and isn't unique to the Octavia. Any gripes, then? The only one is the quality of the stereo. Ergonomically easy to use, but output so tinny it makes me wince. A real shame as it doesn't do justice to the 6-CD changer that comes as standard. Skoda offer an upgrade to a VW standard Gamma head unit, but at £400 (yes, £400!) it's the only poor value thing I've come across at a Skoda dealer. To their credit though, they do offer other makes at less cost. Dealer back up has also proved a revelation - I didn't know customer care of this standard still existed on cars this side of £40K. I've used 5 dealers as I travel a lot and, without exception, they've been fantastic. No request or job has been too much and, with franchised dealer labour rates the lowest in the UK (according to a What Car? survey), the savings just keep rolling in. So, if you're in the market for a premium quality product but don't want to pay premium prices, the Octavia could well be the car for you. I've never bought the same car twice before, but I'd certainly buy another one of these. Try one. You might be surprised......

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                    Skoda's don't have the best rep, but it's getting better, and the car is MUCH better than the rep

                    Skoda have a bad reputation for their cars, and these days its definitely a reputation which is undeserved! About a year ago, my husband and I decided that we needed a new car, and started our investigations, at first we looked at the more popular Ford Mondeo, but all the second hand ones we could find in our price range were much older than we wanted, so we turned out attention in other directions. My mother had recently bought a Skoda Felicia, and was very happy with it, so we thought, OK, why not give Skoda a look, after all it couldn?t hurt could it!

                    What a pleasant surprise we had when we discovered that not only was the Octavia much more highly recommended by the various car review magazines than we had thought it might be, but that for aprox £5,000 we could probably afford a 2 year old car, and the level of trim we were likely to get would be pretty high too.

                    The model we settled on was the Octavia 1.6 GLi which suits our needs admirably. It?s massive boot means that my wheelchair will fit lying flat, and still leave huge amounts of room for shopping, or luggage as well. Front and back seats are very comfortable, and there is leg room enough that if you carry adult passengers in the back seat, no one is squashed. Driver and Front passenger both get airbags, and they have still managed to provide a reasonably sized glove compartment ? something that I?ve noticed is often lost, or substantially reduced when a passenger airbag is included. Oh, and the car comes with ABS breaking, which is pretty much a necessity these days, and certainly a definite advantage!

                    There are plenty of gadgets and gizmos on the electronics side too, including:

                     Front and rear electric windows
                     Air conditioning complete with pollen filter (which as someone subject to occasional bouts of hayfever, means that in the summer, I don?t have to choose between the stifling heat of a closed car, and constant sneezing!)
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                    Outside air temperature gage
                     Current mpg
                     Average mpg over the journey
                     Time you have been travelling for (this resets after 3 hours of the engine being switched off)

                    The Octavia is pretty economical too, we?ve found that we get an average of aprox 42mpg but that does include a substantial amount of out of town travel. The services aren?t expensive compared to some cars, but then I wouldn?t say they are particularly cheap either. Oh, and when the car is due for a service, you get an audible and visual warning on the dashboard which is quite a useful touch.

                    On the down side, the a-pillar (column between the front windscreen and side window) is quite wide, meaning that on approaching junctions you do have to be a little more careful that nothing is hidden from your view behind it. The stereo is fairly basic, with only 2 speakers fitted as standard, and I am told that the cost for the additional rear speakers is pretty steep.

                    Have we had any problems with the car? Not so far, and it certainly seems pretty reliable, the only thing I can mention which has broken on it is the little spring on the ashtray, so it doesn?t open and close properly! ? Hardly what you?d call a major fault!

                    All in all, a very well built spacious car, which I would recommend to anyone.

                    *Just to note, it's now 2009 and we still have the same car. Only things that have gone wrong with it over the years have been a bit of rust on the drivers door, and problems with the drivers door lock, and the rear window on the same side which the mechanics have gone for. Not bad really!*

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                      02.06.2001 05:23
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                      I have been lumbered with Driving a Skoda as a company vehicle for a few days, untill I actually drove the beast, to my surprise, it wasn't a lumber, the vehicle drives very well, no guts at all but compared to my first instincts the car drives like any other. the only down fall i have is the seats, they feel very comfortable to start with but after 30 minutes driving i found my back was very wet, the material of the seats made me feel very uncomfortable, then the back ache came, this i found such a shame cause apart from this i could drive one of these perminently (I drive approximatly 1000 miles per week) I have now gone back to my previous french car for the comfort of the seat

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                        I was shopping for a new car last year, and if it had been my choice, then I would have probably gone for a Skoda Octavia. Its shares the chassis and engines with a VW Golf, but you get a bigger body, which feels a bit more like the size of a Passat. This is unless you are an adult passenger in the back seat, as the rear legroom is definitely a bit restricted. Personally this wouldn't have been a problem as the only people likely to be sitting there are my kids, but it could be an issue. The boot is big though - much bigger than the Golf, and there is plenty of space in the front seats. The Octavia is OK to drive - it does nothing badly, but isn't particularly inspiring at anything else either. On the design things, I would prefer the pillars between the boot and the rear doors to be a bit slimmer as they do block your view a little. I'm not wild about the font they use for the dashboard numbers, or the styling of the front grill. Where the Octavia really scores is in its day to day practicality. The diesel engines are extremely economical and the 110 BHP one is pretty quick. Its sturdy, well built and is cheap to buy, service and repair. The dealers have an excellent reputation on all the customer satisfaction surveys that I've seen. If you are buying an Octavia, check the specification. UK-built GLX models come with air conditioning and ABS as standard, whilst Irish specification GLX's might well be missing these. It doesn't make them a bad car - you just need to make sure you pay the right price for it. In the end my wife decided she wanted a smaller car. The Fabia was too small for us, so we went for a Ford Focus instead. This has a smaller boot, but around about the same interior space. It handles better and has some nice toys - the heated front windscreen is just great. However, I would have been happy to buy an Octavia.

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                        ~ ~ Does anybody remember the old Skodas that used to be the butt of many a joke in the days before this Czechoslovakian manufacture become part of the Volkswagon empire? For certain there are few, if any, jokes or snide remarks made these days about anyone driving one of these fine pieces of engineering. ~ ~ As regular readers of my opinions will be well aware, I review cars on a regular basis for the “Irish Taxi-Driver”, a monthly publication for the taxi fraternity here in Dublin, Ireland. This particular model of Skoda, the Octavia, has been a favoured buy of taxi-drivers since it made its first appearance on the Irish car market around 1997. I heard on the grapevine that Skoda were giving it a bit of a “facelift” for its 2001 appearance, so popped in recently to one of the local dealers for a quick preview. ~ ~ Based on the same platform and with the same running gear as the more expensive Volkswagen equivalent, the “Passat”, the new model Octavia has been “jazzed up” a little both outside and in. ~ ~ The model I inspected was the very top of the range 1.9 Tdi Elegance Estate, which produces a very healthy 110bhp. ~ ~ The exterior alterations to the 2001 model are fairly easy to spot. There is a far bolder and distinctive chrome-rimmed grill, and new front and rear bumpers, the front bumper housing three very prominent air vents in the spoiler section. New side-rubber strips are added, to give more protection against these little “shunts”, which can prove so expensive when the car ends up in the panel beaters. Also changed are the headlamps, which now come in clear rather than opaque glass, and also a newly designed rear light cluster. ~ ~ There is also more comfort for the rear seat passengers, with additional leg room of 22mm added, and the “extra” passenger in the middle seat get their own three point seat belt and head
                        rest for the first time. The instrument panel has also been given a new look and added features, including indicator panels for oil level and brake pad wear, and a rev counter. ~ ~ Unchanged is the high specification you get as standard with this car. It comes equipped with electric windows, tinted glass, climate control, a front armrest, a nice looking set of alloy wheels, and a rather good 8- speaker CD stereo. There are both driver and passenger airbags, an electronic engine immobiliser, and a steering column that adjusts for both height and reach. ~ ~ This particular model is no slouch either, shifting you from 0 to 60mph in only 11.2 seconds, and taking you up to a quoted top speed of 119mph. (for German autobahns only, off course) With a fuel return of 53mpg, this also has to be one of the most economical to run cars in its class. ~ ~ There are no fewer than 33 different models and specification levels to choose from, ranging in price from £12,725 for the entry level 1.4 petrol model, to a whopping £24,165 for the “Laurin and Klement” Special Editions, which boast leather upholstery, heated front seats, electric sunroofs, and a cracking set of 16 inch alloys. (all prices in Irish punts) ~ ~ Prices are lower still in the UK, with the base model priced at under £10,000 (£9,800) We are always being “ripped off” on car prices here in Ireland!! ~ ~ At this point the Octavia is a “proven workhorse” as far as the taxi-drivers of Dublin are concerned. There are early models still on the road that have now covered over 200,000 miles without any serious problems. ~ ~ So if it’s an inexpensive, high specification and economical car that you are in the market for, you could do a lot worse than look at this new model Octavia from Skoda.

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                          02.01.2001 17:29
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                          Last Spring we took delivery of a new car. After lots of searching and test driving we chose the Skodia Octavia Estate a 2 litre in a metallic blue finish. We had previously owned a couple of Skoda Felicia estate cars and were already sold on the ideal that you don't always have to pay through the nose for comfort and reliability. The Octavia Estate had even more luxury bits and bobs including air conditioning and electric windows to name just a couple. I believe we actually did have a couple of days of summer in 2000? and I remember one particular trip when we had to have the air conditioning on and off throughout a three hour journey. This kept us wonderfully comfortable with no sweat running down your back and hot feet! When we arrived at our destination the onboard computer on the dash told us it was 31 degrees outside which seemed unbelievable as we were cool, calm and collected and even the driver wasn't stressed! When I opened the car door it was like stepping from a fridge into an oven! The extra boot space in this estate also enabled us to transport much more and all in all I would thoroughly recommend a trip to your Skoda dealer for a test drive!

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                            26.09.2000 05:16
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                            The Octavia 1.6 GLXi can manage 38 mpg - max, and reaches 0-60 in a very respectable 11 seconds. The Octavia isn't too powerful, but it is a very good family car that will get you from a-B with ease. Yes, it seems as though the jokes are over as Skoda are now making high quality cars that all can stand up to their rivals and owners - VW - and in some cases the Skoda Cars are better. They are definately better value - The Octacia is a great Family car and is easily bought new for under £10000! This is brilliant value! But don't buy from a dealer - go to a car supermarket - like Motorpoint - or even buy abroad.

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