2002 Skoda Octavia Elagance 1.8T from UK and Ireland
Great all rounder, and quick too!
Trapped wire on the ignition caused the car to cut out or lose power. 4 trips to the dealer to fix.
Split turbo hose, replaced under warranty, blew off again 2 miles from the dealer!
Clutch burnt out whilst at dealer, would not admit fault. Offered to replace for a discounted £500. Got it done at a specialist for £300.
Rattles from roof, creaking from off side rear.
Took me two months before I got the seat position right. It gave me terrible back ache at first, I thought I was going to have to sell it.
After all the negative things I have said, I still think this is the best car I have owned. That includes a WRX wagon and a Civic VTi.
It is quick enough to see off most cars on the road, but I still managed 47mpg on a 35mile trip! forget that in the WRX or VTi.
It also has climate control (but in a stupid place) parking sensors, cruise control 6CD changer, electric everything and all for half the price of a similar spec used A4.
Compared to the WRX it is less than half the running cost, and it doesn't feel that much slower in normal driving.
Huge boot, but little rear leg room.
Looks nice with the 16 inch alloy wheels and green metallic paint.
Very disappointed with the dealers though, can't compare to my Honda dealer.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th October, 2005