Skoda Octavia Reviews from Netherlands

2001 Skoda Octavia Comfort 1.9 TDI (110 bhp)

Model year2000
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.9 TDI (110 bhp) Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance112000 kilometres
Previous carRover - Austin 600

Summary:

Eat your heart out, Audi

Faults:

Light behind the heater panel went - that's it.

General Comments:

Comfy, engine has loads of "oomph" throughout the rev range, and incredibly economical - to the point where filling up becomes something you have to remember how it's done (every 1100 km's or so).

As a lover of Brit motors, one has to get used to the somewhat 'efficient' interior, where black and drab grey set the tones. I owned a Rover 600 (petrol engined) before getting the Octavia. The Rover handled better, had a more intuitive engine, was loads comfier, even more reliable (in four years and 140.000km, NOTHING went wrong with this car), made a wonderful sound when pushed hard, was generally brilliant, and made the impression to not only take me from A to B, but to love doing it as well, and the Skoda doesn't do emotions. What it does do is efficiency, low running costs - and more space than you can shake a stick at. Plus it out-Audi's the A4, without the (bland) Audi image and the corresponding price sticker.

I have to admit that, if Rover would still have done the 600, I would've bought one without thinking twice. I loved the car, and it loved me.

But for the want of a 600, the next car (company car, due in July) will be yet another Octavia - an Elegance 1.6 FSI this time. Annual miles have gone down considerably, so diesel isn't economical for me anymore - and I like the lightfooted feel of a petrol engine better than the somewhat slower stomp of the TDI.

Unless I crack, forfeit the company car scheme, and get me a secondhand 620 Si in British Racing Green. Aaargh... decisions, decisions.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th February, 2005

26th Jul 2006, 13:54

I too went from a Rover to an Octavia.

My Rover however had a 2.0l L Series type engine and blew loads of head gaskets.

I agree that the Octavia interior is so bland and efficient - the new one looks better, and I am thinking of a Superb next.

2000 Skoda Octavia GLX 1.9 TDi

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.9 TDi Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance40000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Lupo

Summary:

Is that a Lancia, a SAAB or a BMW?

Faults:

None whatsoever.

General Comments:

Extremely reliable car.

Huge boot (550 liter).

Good build quality.

The new model is not as budget-friendly as this one. I guess I would have to advise to get a secondhand one, because I see no point in buying a new one, since it is so reliable.

Fuel consumption is great. Fast car too...

Nice: people think it's a BMW, SAAB or a Lancia.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2000

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews