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.

General Comments:

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

2009 Skoda Octavia TDI 2.0 turbo diesel


Very little offers this much practicality for the price


Passenger door speaker made odd distorted noise - corrected itself after a few weeks.

Heater blower fan currently making clicking noise - due to be corrected at next service.

General Comments:

In summary, it's a good, practical, family car. It handles well without being sporty, and is super comfy on long trips, while being cheap to run in the mix.

The Good:

- It has a huge boot/trunk with all sorts of tie down points and handbag/shopping bag hooks. Very very practical car. And it's actually the same length as the wagon's load area.

- Very comfortable cruising on highway - exceptionally stable and quiet.

- Economy around town is about average 7.0L/100km, but this drops down to about 6.0L/100km within a few minutes of cruising at 100km/h. Even when fully loaded with 4 adults and luggage.

- Seats seem hard initially, but are actually very comfortable, even after an 8 hour journey.

- It has more convenient cubby holes and cup holders than any other car I've driven, and all nicely lined. So I can keep the interior tidy, and without rattles.

- The stereo is awesome. Big, easy to read touch screen. Sounds good too. I can control all my iPod's functions from the factory touchscreen and show song titles on the dash. Very convenient.

- The diesel has tremendous torque, good in-gear acceleration. Lazy driving style preferred.

- The brakes are strong, the handling is actually very good for a family car. The DSG makes driving smooth and easy (with one exception - see below)

The Bad:

- The DSG can be jerky at speeds of between 20-40km/h. Particularly if you are going around a roundabout or something. It cruises in 3rd. But when you go to accelerate, it hesitates, then suddenly drops back to 2nd.

I get around this usually by recognising the type of intersection where it will happen, and locking it into 2nd or 3rd as I approach. That seems to help on the exit. Alternatively accelerating like I have an egg shell under the pedal seems to help it decide better.

- The DSG doesn't hold gears like a true manual would, even in 'manual' mode. If I plant it in 5th from 60km/h, it drops back to 3rd, even if 'locked' into gear. Some don't mind this, but I don't like it.

Otherwise, nothing to complain about. Although I might be fitting a rear sway bar soon. The suspension has settled now, and is a little softer than it was when new. My point? If you think the suspension is a little too soft when testing a demo, by 15,000km it will be way too soft for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th December, 2010