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The Skoda Octavia is a dependable, quality car which is comfortable and pleasant to drive
If its a choice between the 1.4 TSI and the ancient 1.9 TDI I would probably go for the petrol, despite my normal preference for diesel. Skoda desperatly need the full range of VW common rail diesels which seem to be slow to appear in their range.
I am seriously looking at the new facelifted Octavia to replace my old MK1 Seat Leon 130PD Tdi. I've ridden in a couple of Octavias, including a VRs, and the ride has been very impressive. I have not test driven the 1.4TSi model yet but a couple of driver reviews I have seen have been very favourable. To be honest I tend to adopt a more relaxed driving style these days anyway so I'm not after a rocket to get me from A to B at the fastest possible rate, just something that's fairly nice, well equipped and comfortable, which the Octavia matches in all respects.
As I may be facing knee surgery shortly I might even decide to go for the 7 Speed DSG box as well.
and check out the diesel variants before you make a choice.
Why bother checking out the diesel variants??
This is a suberp little engine. The 1.9 TDI is a horrible ancient rattly old unit that delivers just 105bhp and is much slower than this 1.4 TSI, and they charge more for it.
The 2.0 TDI is an excellent engine and far better than the 1.9 TDI, but its hardly any quicker than the 1.4 TSI (just looking at 0-60 times) yet it costs much more to buy.
You would have to be doing a hell of a lot of miles, well above average, to get any benefit from choosing a diesel over the 1.4 TSI.
Personally, I'd have to agree.
I drove a dsg version and was sold on the idea. I found the petrol engine very refreshing after years of rumbling diesels and the dsg is a mite more economical than the manual version.
The Octavia, as ever, uses a number of VW group parts and is based on the Mk5 Golf’s PQ35 platform, so despite being a new car there are a number of familiarities.
But it's not a new car and doesn't pretend to be.
From what I have read elsewhere, the VW group cannot churn out those 1.4TSI engines fast enough to meet current demand and there are delays creeping in on new car orders. I think that speaks volumes about the popularity of this powerplant.
I thought I'd not go back to petrol after driving a diesel engined car for the last 6 years, but given the good mpg figures of this 1.4TSI and the price premium of diesel over petrol, there's not a lot in it now, apart from the difference in the initial purchase price. I know some think the Octavia is looking a bit dated now against the competition but I still think for all round practicality, equipment, price and performance it's a hard package to beat.
If I was looking to buy a brand new car (which I currently am not) then I think i would find it hard to resist the Octavia as an ownership proposition. I borrowed one for a long weekend a couple of years ago and was hugely impressed with it. It had the 2.0 TDI which was amazingly frugal and quite rapid. All in all, Skoda have some very nice products out these days, the forthcoming Yeti looks like a great little car and the new Superb is very impressive despite the dull styling.
Having said that, I have recently converted back to turbo petrol power after a string of diesels and it has been a good move. As I no longer do mega-miles it is much more cost effective to go for petrol, as some of the new turbo units are very driveable and surprisingly economical (and of course, a bit quieter).
Not sure if the Octavia is available with the new 1.8 TSI and 7spd DSG but that could be a great all-rounder in estate form. Would seriously consider one when the time comes to replace my Golf.
[quote bangertastic]Not sure if the Octavia is available with the new 1.8 TSI and 7spd DSG but that could be a great all-rounder in estate form. Would seriously consider one when the time comes to replace my Golf.[/quote]
At the moment, the 1.8TSI / DSG combination is only available on the top of the range Laurin & Klement cars, although it's available on other levels as a manual only option. I did consider it as a manual but impending knee surgery tells me it's maybe time for an auto box (unless they fix things good and I don't need to change from a manual).
I decided a while ago that without doubt our next car would be an Octavia, more than likely the estate.
It's great to finally get the option of either an efficient petrol engine, or a common rail diesel. I honestly can't think of a more suitable post-credit boom family car.
Like some of you my driving style has changed, especially now that I'm a dad. As we're upgrading from a 00 plate Corsa I'm not too bothered about performance. Anything new and shiny will be a treat to drive, and own.
I only really buy Autocar these days as I still like to read about what my other car could be if I had the cash; currently a 4 door M3; but this changes daily.
Recently replaced my Jazz SE (Superb 'shopping trolley') with CVT and Rover CDTi Connoisseur SE (Impressive 'magic carpet') with an Octavia L&K 1.8TSI with DSG.
I would have purchased the 1.4 version but this was not available in the L&K and big engine doesn't have to mean high consumption, your right foot decides that. So far (2500 miles) I am reasonably happy so far but have not sorted out the DSG box yet and am dissappointed with road roar on some surfaces. 17" wheels only avilable on L&K.
Compared with the Jazz it is obviously more difficult to park and the DSG is not seamless like the CVT but ride and road noise is much better in the Octavia. Compared with the Rover the ride and road noise is not quite so good but elsewhere it runs the Rover a very close second. One area it doesn't match, even in L$K mode is the feel good factor the Rover interior gives.
I checked out several other cars before deciding - latest Jazz, better than earlier version but still not good on long journeys - Golf, good but no better than Octavia - Audi A3, cramped - BMW 1 series, also cramped and over priced - 3 series, too big and even more over priced. Picking a version closest in discounted price and bring spec up to the L&K standard they where £1000-£5000 dearer and generally couldn't match the Skoda's performance.
Would I buy the same again, probably but if I can come to terms with the DSG and specify 16" wheels in the hope this would improve road noise, definitely