2009 Skoda Octavia 118TSi 1.8 turbo petrol
Great value, high quality motoring, clever, solid, safe and very quick
Nothing, I hit a fox on a country drive, damage caused to the front bumper and driver's light. Repairs were EXTRAORDINARILY cheap, very impressed.
After looking at Mazda's and a variety of cars, I chose the Octavia 118TSi. Very solid car, loaded with clever features that would normally be on much more expensive cars. It shares the same engine as the Audi A4, and the same 7 speed gearbox.
It has an enormous boot/hatch, good space for my small family.
Fuel economy is great, especially on long drives, and the DSG gearbox is superb. I really don't like autos, and while it changes gear automatically, it does so smoothly, and nearly always seems to find the right gear.
Compared to Japanese or Korean cars, the Skoda's interior feels incredibly solid. I sit in a Mazda or a Ford or Holden, and really notice how flimsy they feel.
Very impressed so far; after hitting a fox, I was forced to replace my front bumper and driving light. It was a test, expecting a horrendous repair bill, I was pleasantly surprised, $420 for a front bumper (original from VW) and an original driving light $120. Those prices are below most Japanese and Korean cars, and the parts are from Europe.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 14th July, 2011