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The Skoda Octavia is a dependable, quality car which is comfortable and pleasant to drive
Now that small capacity turbo'd engines are becoming the entry-level powerplants for cars like this, it's unlikely that cars this size will be so affordable in the near future - that's already becoming the case for many cars. Although to be fair, this particular car had a weedy engine!
The current Octavia still represents pretty good value for money - perhaps it's the last of a dying breed. Until the Chinese inevitably come along...
If you need to describe the principles of branding to anyone then the VAG is the example to use. The ability to sell the same car, off a common platform where the more 'premium' the brands perception then the more you can charge, often even with less space. And most people get sucked into it. But it suppresses creativity, not allowing the 'lower' brands to produce aspirational products, only functional. I wonder how many fantastic looking products have been developed I house by Skoda, only for the VAG Boss to put an ugly grill on it and tell them to discontent the interior. Branding is fascinating, for better or worse....
You're not stuck in traffic - you are traffic!!
So Mr. Hallett comes across as being a little underwhelmed by the Octavia 1.4?
But, if you look at Auto Express Driver Power you will find that owner/drivers have placed the Octavia and Superb in the top five for several years running, and now the Yeti. The Golf comes quite a way down the list, as do fords.
If Mr. Hallett wants more performance there are more powerful engines to choose from.
According to VW's own website the Golf is no longer available with the 75hp 1.4 for £12.4k but the cheapest engine option is the 1.2 TSI with 85hp at almost £16.5k that is the S model with 5 doors.
Why has this been posted today? the road test is dated August 2004. This is not the current 1.4Tsi engine.
Confusing. At first glance, these tests look current, but on closer inspection, they turn out not to be.
It's probably better to post only those old tests that are obviously old, like the Ford Capri one that appeared a month or so back.
Mind you, regular magazine readers will know that Mr Hallett moved to What Car some time ago. That's what gave it away for me. 2004 Octavias are very similar to current ones.
[quote Billericay]Why has this been posted today? the road test is dated August 2004. This is not the current 1.4Tsi engine.[/quote]
Every so often, Autocar posts older tests from the archive. They've been doing that for quite a while now.