2001 Skoda Octavia Ambiente 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland
Cheaper and (better than) Volkswagen would like!
Radio would not illuminate when I first got the car.
The Octavia is a practical family car and the large boot is excellent (the biggest Volkswagen Group car with a hatchback) attracting many admiring compliments from my friends.
The diesel engine has brilliant economy at around 700 miles/1100 kilometers a tankful, however it is not a Volkswagen "Pump Duse" engine and performance therefore suffers, but it's still a decent performer.
Rear legroom isn't brilliant, compensation for a big boot, but I have a friend who is over 6 foot and he doesn't think it is any worse then a Mondeo or a Passat and better then the Bora it's based on.
In the cabin it needs more cup holders (only 2 one in the back and one in the front) and a better sounding stereo would be good, but the parking ticket holder on the inside of the windscreen's a nice touch.
As for handling it beats the equivalent Volkswagens due to it's stiffer and better ride that's needed for rough Czech roads compared to the smooth German ones of Volkswagen.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd August, 2002