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Skoda Octavia Hatchback 2.0 TDI PD Elegance 5d (2006/56)

Skoda Octavia Hatchback 2.0 TDI PD Elegance 5d (2006/56) - Owner Review

Economy about 50 mpg. And, being diesel, is 23% cheaper to run than my previous car (2.0-litre petrol Volvo).

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Review submitted by
Brian Maggs on

Skoda Octavia Hatchback (04-12)


4 out of 5

What does this car say about you?
It looks as if I mean business, and will accept no nonsense!

What do your friends / family / neighbours think of the car?
They think it looks smart. (i.e. impressive!).

Would you buy this car again and why?
Yes, looks good, economical, roomy, up to the task.

What are you likely to buy next?
Hmm. Maybe Skoda again, but this depends on what I will want at the time and what is available.

Buying experience

4 out of 5

Type of dealer you bought from?

Did you buy this car new?

What price did you pay?

When did you buy the car?
February 2012

Did you get a good deal and why?
I think so. Was about right compared with the market.

Is there any special reason why you bought this car?
Wanted economical diesel (and newer than my Volvo), with good power and acceleration, good radio/audio system, good condition, big enough for 5 adults, with big boot space, good looks and good reviews.

What was the dealer like?
Very helpful and supportive. Attentive to detail and my requirements, and to my concerns.

Driving it

5 out of 5

What's it like to drive?
A dream. Fast. Responsive. Comfortable at any speed in any traffic conditions.

What's it like to park?
Easy, no problem.

Living with it

4 out of 5

Have you had any problems with the car?
Needed new radiator; reversing radar unit developed a fault; air/con unit needed new compressor; needed new battery. All within first few months of purchase. Aargh! Recently needed (a) wheel hub replacement due to rust, and (b) new fuel pump. However, car runs like a dream, and these 'faults' can happen with any car at any time so, whilst annoying at the time, are soon forgotten!

What's most practical about your car?
Economy about 50 mpg. And, being diesel, is 23% cheaper to run than my previous car (2.0-litre petrol Volvo).

Favourite gadget, option or accessory?
1. reversing radar. Invaluable. 2. MP3 player (via socket under central armrest) There are a few other features I like, but these two are my favourites!

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