/ New Octavias?
Hey folks, anyone drive one of the latest Octavias? Are they still the car of choice for the UKC hive mind?
Recently acquired a 14reg VRS estate after 4 Focus Estates. I wanted the GSD Box & Sunroof. Just passed 90K and running good as new. 5 hours from Padstow to Llanberis at 47mpg & over 60mph stating at 2AM. Very comfortable long distance motor. Lots of silly things like lane assist, stop/start ect ect that I disabled. 1st time ever I have used a Main dealer for cam belt change & service £650 but it has got a full Skoda history so will look after it myself from 100k. Just used I litre of Castrol Edge over 1k so can be expensive, Known fault so need to keep an eye on it as it does 750 miles per the above every 2 week's at the moment. Mine is the 185hp so the 245hp must be a flyer.
Stats show they're only averagely reliable. The 1.9 TDI was one of the best engines though.
For reliability I'd get a Toyota or Honda, Kia/Hyundai are decent too.
I thought the Kia Cee’d estate (Sportback?) had superCee’ded the Octavia on this forum 4 years ago. Am I wrong ?
Are you sure about that? This says otherwise:
I think the 1.9 's reputation came at a time when there were a few problems with the 2.0 PD engine ( though mine did 110, 000 miles trouble free) and it was a response of "old mechanical stuff is better than new fangled technology." The CR engine is a different kettle of fish and if you spend a long enough time trawling the VW/ Skoda forums it seems to come out quite well.
> Hey folks, anyone drive one of the latest Octavias? Are they still the car of choice for the UKC hive mind?
As long as you don’t buy one with the 1.5 petrol engine.
The 1.5 TSI petrol is great. At a steady 65-70mph I can get 60mpg on long journeys, when the 2 cylinder mode gets a chance to kick in. 150 bhp means there's enough power for overtaking. Very quiet too.
> The 1.5 TSI petrol is great. At a steady 65-70mph I can get 60mpg on long journeys, when the 2 cylinder mode gets a chance to kick in. 150 bhp means there's enough power for overtaking. Very quiet too.
I have to admit to not actually owning a 1.5 petrol engined Octavia.
That’s because before purchasing one to replace my aging 1.9 PD Octavia I had read many of the Skoda, VW and SEAT forums which are awash with posts about the problems that many people have experienced with that engine.
I am glad that you aren’t one of those affected.
I've got the 1.5 as well. It's fine, apart from the slight dip in power at 1600 rpm in first if you take it leisurely.
Really good to drive and lots of space.
> I've got the 1.5 as well. It's fine, apart from the slight dip in power at 1600 rpm in first if you take it leisurely.
> Really good to drive and lots of space.
Certainly in terms of space, practicality, price and driving experience I’d have no problem with owning an Octavia.
However, having been a victim of the ESP module problem that affected many VAG, Ford and Volvo cars and experiencing Skoda’s negative response to said problem I’d be reluctant to part with my hard earned cash when Internet forums are awash with posts relating to issues with the 1.5 engine.
May you experience many trouble free miles.
So far, so good....
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