2009 Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Practical, comfortable, load carrier


Broken driver's electric window mechanism, 15,000 miles.

General Comments:

Another reliable car from Skoda with build quality on a par or better than VW. Driven carefully, this car is miserly with fuel, yet is a great load lugger. I have loaded it with over 15 cu' of oak boards, and this made no difference to the suspension or performance. At motorway speeds, it is quiet and refined, and the seats are comfortable for long journeys.

There are a few downsides. Firstly the heating and ventilation system is very slow to start up. It takes around ten minutes driving to get really hot air, and this means defrosting/demisting the windscreen is an arduous experience. In general I found that condensation inside the car was difficult to remove; perhaps the whole system just isn't up to dealing with what is a large car in estate form.

The only other problem is the gearing. Part of this is endemic to small engined cars nowadays, and that is a lack of torque at low engine speeds. The Octavia is easy to stall in first and second gear, and city driving is arduous because of this. A lower second gear ratio would help, but much of the problem lies with the small engine with little inertia.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th February, 2012

2009 Skoda Octavia 118TSi 1.8 turbo petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Great value, high quality motoring, clever, solid, safe and very quick


Nothing, I hit a fox on a country drive, damage caused to the front bumper and driver's light. Repairs were EXTRAORDINARILY cheap, very impressed.

General Comments:

After looking at Mazda's and a variety of cars, I chose the Octavia 118TSi. Very solid car, loaded with clever features that would normally be on much more expensive cars. It shares the same engine as the Audi A4, and the same 7 speed gearbox.

It has an enormous boot/hatch, good space for my small family.

Fuel economy is great, especially on long drives, and the DSG gearbox is superb. I really don't like autos, and while it changes gear automatically, it does so smoothly, and nearly always seems to find the right gear.

Compared to Japanese or Korean cars, the Skoda's interior feels incredibly solid. I sit in a Mazda or a Ford or Holden, and really notice how flimsy they feel.

Very impressed so far; after hitting a fox, I was forced to replace my front bumper and driving light. It was a test, expecting a horrendous repair bill, I was pleasantly surprised, $420 for a front bumper (original from VW) and an original driving light $120. Those prices are below most Japanese and Korean cars, and the parts are from Europe.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th July, 2011

2009 Skoda Octavia vRS TDI DPF DSG 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Great car with loads of space, but not as exciting as I would have liked


The steering wasn't correctly aligned when I collected the car, and it took three visits to the selling dealer to try and resolve. Eventually went to another dealer in another city to get it sorted, and many discussions with Skoda UK.

Purchased the bluetooth for £480.00, which is only compatible with really old model mobiles, so have to mess about swapping my SIM card to an old phone that Skoda UK supplied after many complaints. Selling dealer didn't advise what phones the system would work with.

General Comments:

The car is great once all the niggly bits were sorted.

I went for the diesel for the economy, and it has loads of torque, and the DSG box is great for ease of driving, but I am a petrolhead at heart, and wished that I had bought the petrol version with a manual gearbox, which is far more exciting to drive.

Overall, the car does everything right, but it doesn't get me as excited as my previous VW R32, but it does it at half the running cost of the VW.

Generally a great car; massive boot, ideal for swallowing two sets of golf clubs with electric trollies, well equipped good stereo.

Optional items I went for include rear park sensors, full leather, coming home lights, proper spare wheel, bluetooth (waste of money, should have purchased an after market item).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th December, 2010