2001 Skoda Octavia Elegance 1.9 tdi from UK and Ireland


A well designed and roomy vehicle



General Comments:

It has a solid build and has that feel of a more expensive car than it is.

I am well over 6 feet tall and find that even with the sunroof fitted, I have more than enough head and leg room.

There are only two minor faults to date.

If the vehicle is wet, on opening the boot, water pours onto the side parcel shelf and then into the boot.

Also a slightly annoying clunk that appears to come from the lower drivers door when going over bumps at reasonably slow speeds.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd June, 2003

2001 Skoda Octavia Classic SDi Estate 1.9 diesel from UK and Ireland


The best car for the job.


Absolutely nothing has broken, packed up or fallen off the car.

It has only had routine servicing, tires and brake pads.

It needed the front brake rotors replacing at 100,000 miles.

The main dealer is sometimes very sloppy about carrying work out, I always have to check that the servicing has been correctly done.

General Comments:

I use the car for taxi work.

It looks smart and it's very practical.

The boot (trunk) on the estate is enormous.

I cover 85,000 miles a year.

The fuel economy is terrific, at least 45 miles per gallon around town and 60 miles per gallon on longer journeys.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th March, 2003

2001 Skoda Octavia RS 1.8 turbo petrol from UK and Ireland


Forget the badge, its all about ability!


Nothing, the car has been bulletproof for 600,000 miles now! Good job too in my line of work!

General Comments:

Awesome, fast enough to keep me ahead of the boy racers, yet large enough for my crew!

Really handles well, suspension soaks up speed bumps too!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th January, 2003

28th Jan 2003, 18:40

How can you put 600,000 miles on a car in only 2 years? That would mean you average about 900-100 miles per day. Where can you drive 1000 miles / day in UK / Ireland?

16th Feb 2003, 15:19

Might be a typo, but there again I can and regularly do 1000 miles a day (and in a Skoda)

2nd Feb 2004, 09:05

Hi I have a 2002 rs and was wondering if you or anyone else have experienced any Power delivery problems as in more than usual turbo lag or less lag when driving. I have had the Bosch dump valve replaced with more reliable unit which helped, but still find sometimes this problem, any answers??

Also does the head lining vibrate at all on some road surfaces on anyone else's octavia even if not rs. I would like to know before I go ape at the dealer for being reluctant to do anything.


2001 Skoda Octavia 1.6 petrol from Ghana


An excellent high performing car


My fuel gauge occasionally does not respond to fuel levels.

The headlights adjustment knob failed and cannot be used to adjust the lights anymore.

General Comments:

The car is very comfortable and quick.

Ability to read the fuel consumption and other vital parameters on the dashboard is a plus.

The car has excellent fuel consumption.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2003

2001 Skoda Octavia RS 1.8 turbo from UK and Ireland


Very good value for money


The rear screen wash has not worked since I got the car.

The heated rear window has an element fault.

General Comments:

This car is quick and handles well.

There seems to be a lot of wind noise from the rear windows.

Water drops into the boot when you open the tailgate in wet conditions.

Mileage per gallon is very good bearing in mind the performance the car offers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th December, 2002

2001 Skoda Octavia Ambiente 1.9 turbo diesel from Germany


A quality bargain


Control switch for rear power windows faulty.

Seat heating (cable not connected in factory)

General Comments:

An very economical and powerful engine.

Roadholding is very good, also at high speeds. Better than my 1997 Passat.

Caravan towing is a joy.

Carpets are not as plush as VW, but are therefor easy to clean.

Sight out the rear-window is not good, however helped by the standard reverse warning device.

Plenty of extras included in the price.

All the above facts are proved by the number of new cars seen on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2002

5th May 2003, 06:33

Seat heating (cable not connected in factory)

Hmm, that must be a UK problem, cause seat heating isent standard in ambiente in Denmark...