2007 Skoda Octavia Laurin & Klement Estate 2.0 TDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Swift, comfortable load-hauler with lots of toys



General Comments:

The L&K edition offers an amazing amount of kit for the money.

The estate's boot is a good size, and positively voluminous with the back seats dropped. Net system for restraining loads is excellent.

2.0 TDI 140bhp is fairly quick (0-60mph in under 10 seconds). There is a massive lump of torque that appears between 1,700 and 2,200 RPM, but holding onto a gear beyond around 3,000 RPM achieves very little - it takes a while to get used to shifting short when in a hurry. When around town, it pulls sufficiently from 1,200 RPM and rarely needs taking above 1,500 RPM - keeping the revs low keeps fuel consumption down. First gear is disturbingly unresponsive, but it pulls nicely from around 15mph to about 110mph, when it starts to run out of puff.

It is a heavy car, and you notice that in sharp bends, but VW's stability program handles it well. The brakes are amazing.

I have a long-term average of just over 50 MPG (imperial), which is pretty impressive for a car of this weight, especially as this figure is for when it is driven enthusiastically. I have found that Shell regular diesel (not V-Power) beats other brands/supermarkets by 5-10% in this car.

The ride is settled and quiet at motorway speeds - 75mph is 2200 RPM in 6th – but the suspension is a bit firm for poorly-maintained town roads. Maybe the 16" wheels with higher profile tyres could solve that as opposed to 17" rims with low profiles.

The estate will take four 6'+ adults quite happily, the roofline on the hatchback might not allow as much headroom for rear seat passengers.

Seats are sufficiently comfortable for most journeys, but start to get annoying after 4 or 5 hours.

I had to replace the front tyres after 39,000 miles – they were £140 each, but the original rear tyres are less than half-way through.

It gets through a litre of oil roughly every 15,000 miles.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th November, 2009

2007 Skoda Octavia vRS TFSI 2.0 TFSI turbo petrol from UK and Ireland


Fantastic value for money if you aren't a badge snob


The only problem has been a slow puncture, which was picked up by the tyre pressure warning system.

General Comments:

My 2003 Passat was reliable, economical and comfortable on long journeys. The Octavia shares these qualities, but is a lot more fun to drive.

On a recent trip from Spain to the UK, it achieved 39mpg over 1000 mainly motorway miles. With mixed driving I get about 35mpg.

I can't think of a better value all round car with its excellent performance and practicality. The only downside for me is the road noise from the low profile 17in tyres (Bridgestones). But you can't have everything!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2009

2007 Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Excellent value for money, as good as VW or Audi


Engine management light stayed on, reset by dealer now OK.

Rear N/S tyre very noisy; found problems with inside tread lifting. Awaiting comment from Dunlop.

General Comments:

Excellent performance.

Fuel consumption getting better; now averaging 45-50 mpg.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th July, 2008

17th Feb 2009, 13:31

With reference to your tires, get the suspension geometry checked, as there have been a few recalls on this, causing the tire treads the wear in an unusual manner on the rear. The dealer should really do this, they may tell you it doesn't affect the vRS, and you might be able to get the tires replaced for free.

2007 Skoda Octavia 4x4 1.9 pd turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Stealth SUV and bargain of the year


Slight hiccup with the wing mirrors wiring noticed when picking up the car from the dealer, and instantly rectified.

General Comments:

Beware stealth SUV...

Sat in traffic with the faux by faux bimbo's in their Discoverys, you can feel the malevolence of the more ecologically tuned motorist (go figure!!!) directing heat ray intensity glares at the aforementioned SUV drivers. So far I have yet to have the need of a medical burns unit as I had with my old scooby.

Returns 45mpg if you're diligent with your right foot and cruise control, and has generally a decent cabin in which to while away the hours of motoring.

Superb value for money in comparison with the competitions offering.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2007