2001 Skoda Octavia Ambiente 1.9 TDi from UK and Ireland


Bargain basement bargain!


Radio does not work as there is a fault in the aerial lead.

Brakes pull to left under heavy braking.

General Comments:

Generally, car has been a solid performer doing everything okay and nothing badly. Despite being a diesel with only 90bhp, it goes well, stops well and handles safely.

Ride seems rough in terms of gravel surfaces, ruts and bump noise and vibration coming through body and making tyre noise.

General quality is okay, but when you look closely it is clearly not quite up to VAG standards in attention to details and quality of materials. Styling is staid as opposed to leading edge, but I guess it appeals to the target audience.

Dealer support and service has been dire which is a shame as it marrs an otherwise very cost effective and competent package. It seems very popular with taxi companies which in a way is a recommendation for longevity and reliability.

The only real problem is the naff brand image!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th February, 2002

27th May 2002, 10:49

The one thing Skoda have always had a good name for is the Dealer support, if the author of this report has found a bad one he is very unfortunate.

I am on my third Skoda and have nothing but praise for the dealer.

I am not happy with the way Skoda is going, because it is deserting its existing customer base, but that has not been reflected in the after sales service.

2001 Skoda Octavia Ambiente 1.9 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland



General Comments:

Absolutely fantastic value for money.

Excellent build quality, very comfortable, great to drive and a good overall spec. The 1.9 TDi engine is a delight and very, very economical being easy to achieve 60MPG.

Why buy a VW when you can have this for much less?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2001

11th Aug 2001, 04:54

Yeah, the world is full idiots... the Octavia Ambiente cc is a very nice car. People that buy a VW instead of it can't have other reasons than the one mentioned (or are perhaps ignorant). Poor people...

I hope they don't realize what they would have get if they had bought a Skoda Octavia Ambiente cc.

We are very happy with it (I, my wife and three kids [5,7,9]).