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Skoda Octavia

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The Skoda Octavia is comfortable and easy to drive it has a spacious interior and most versions are cheap to buy and to run. There are six engines available including two 2.0 litre turbodiesels. The Skoda Octavia petrol engines are smooth and quiet where the diesels tend to be quite noisy and rattly especially the Skoda Octavia 1.9 diesel.

However the Skoda Octavia scores highly for comfort and it handles well too. The vRS model has firmer suspension for sharper handling. The Skoda Octavia is built on the same platform as the VW Golf, which helps to account for the fine balance between crisp handling and a comfy ride.

Inside the drivers seat allows for a superb driving position for all shapes and sizes, the Skoda Octavia is one of the biggest small family cars available, six foot adults can comfortably sit in the rear and the boot is extremely spacious. All materials also have a high quality and solid feel, and the interior shames many more expensive models for its fit and finish. Equipment is generally good but the cheaper versions miss out on key items of safety kit although air conditioning and electric front windows are standard. Prices start at £11,540 reaching up to £20,500.