2005 Skoda Octavia Ambiente 1.4 petrol from UK and Ireland


A whole lot of car for your money


The silver trim on the centre of dash storage unit door started to flake off within 6 months of new. This was replaced under warranty with no issues.

As it neared it's 30K service (which is it's first full service) the car started to struggle a bit at lower revs & when starting from cold wouldn't always bite first time. Running fine since service which was only last week.

General Comments:

A great car for a nice price. The octavia is a large car for its price bracket in the market. Its running costs are very reasonable with extended service intervals of 30K or 2 years (apart from oil change which is needed every 15K or 1 year). It is also very economical returning near 40MPG on regular driving & over the 40MPG on longer runs. It has a massive boot with excellent access to it due to the lift back design. The interior design is much improved in this newer model of the Octavia & it has superb build quality. The dealers have been a pleasure to deal with to date. The only fault I can find is that the 1.4 is a little underpowered for such a big car. I regret not going for the 1.6. This is my 3rd skoda to own having previously had a Fabia & a Felicia, & I can truly say that Skoda are going from strength to strength.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2006

2005 Skoda Octavia 4x4 Estate 1.9 TDI from UK and Ireland


Excellent Value and quality



General Comments:

This is a company car and it had to be a diesel. I have had a Subaru Impreza 2.0 for 2 years previously and would have had another Subaru if they did a diesel engine!!!

Hence the 4x4 version of the Octavia, its fantastic, not quite as quick as the Scooby over the B roads, but it feels even better to drive when up to speed. 6 gears are good for motorways, but the MPG is a bit disappointing, suppose its the 4x4 that kills it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2005

15th Mar 2006, 11:42

Interested to hear more about Fuel consumption - 4x4 notwithstanding would expect approx 45=47 mpg. Anyone got any more information?

26th Apr 2006, 10:20

If you miss the power of the Scooby, just get the 1.9TDI engine management system chipped. Some official Skoda dealers will actually do this for you for about £400 and still honour the warranty. The car then drives as well as the 2.0TDI available in the 2wd versions, and is much better for torque than as supplied standard.

This engine was made for chipping; Seat sell an Ibiza with the same engine with a 160BHP output.

We had a Fabia vRS chipped to 150BHP by the Skoda main dealer, and it was epic! Fuel economy also improved.

I don't understand why the 4x4 car is not offered in the UK with the 2.0TDI engine, but a chipped 1.9 will give you your Scooby smiles back..! Enjoy.

28th May 2006, 17:38

I think that a little bit of detail was missed regarding this chaps previous car, he stated it was an Impreza 2.0, said nothing about it being a turbo. Having driven a 2.0 Impreza I would only describe performance as quite ordinary.

19th Jun 2006, 17:13

Don't buy a Skoda Octavia, it's a piece of crap. I have a 2.0 mpi 2006 Skoda Octavia - awful performance and very boring interior.

21st Jun 2006, 15:09

I would be very hesitant in describing ANY current model Skoda as a piece of CRAP. It is quite obvious that the writer of this epic statement has not the foggiest idea to what he (or she) is referring.

7th Jul 2006, 07:27


I have done 30,000 in my old model 2003 Octavia, and my dad has done nearly 10,000 in his new one.

I've driven his, and I think it's stunning. He has the 2.0TDI 140BHP Auto with DSG.

Stunning. I need not say anymore.

Oh yeah, I love my car too.

2nd Sep 2011, 14:57

I have an Octavia 1.9 TDI 4x4 estate, and find the fuel economy to be very good. On a run I can get 58mpg traveling at between 70-75 mpg. Fantastic car!!!