Auto Express's performance ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Brilliant, I love it, and am having a hard time deciding whether to just keep it or replace it. It's not the best looking car, the ride is a bit firm, but very tolerable for the handling that gives. The economy is a little disappointing, being in the low 40's rather than about 50, it has a big appetite for front tyres, but has more than acceptable performance goes like stink, handles brilliantly, and will quite happily carry 4 adults and all the luggage for a fortnight's holiday.
I would recommend it to anyone who needs a bit of carrying space but likes a sporty car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The best car i have ever owned and i have had 16 car to date, a mixture of many manufactures and none have been as good as my skoda. I own the VRS model and it is very hard to find another car that does everything so well, even cars that cost up to £25,000 don't come close. We also own a Ford Focus that would cost more when new than the Skoda and it is a joke in terms of performance, comfort, equipment and quality. It goes to show how much we as buyers of cars are ripped off because of the badge on the front if Skoda can produce a car that good for so little money.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

very pleasantly surprised by a car i bought on price-"vat free" and 0% finance. Skoda punches above its weight. Good build quality &performance. Good sevice from dealer as well. You have to ask the question as to why other manufacturers charge thousands more for cars of no better or worse quality. Skoda is no longer a joke and the restyled front is bang up to date in which is a VW engine and Audi suspension. Forget the badge | Go for a bargain| Thousands of taxi drivers whose cars excede 150000 miles cannot be wrong

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No reliability issues have been experienced in its short 8 months with us. Although the mpg figures don't match the quoted goverment figures (who's do?) I am rreasonably happy with the mpg that we are getting, with the performance available and the size of the vehicle. I had a 1.6 petrol audi a3 that was no better and that was as flat as a pancake! servicing deal included when bought, so no issues there, insurance was very reasonable to.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I own an Octavia vRS TDi, it is my first diesel car and has performance to put alot of petrol cars to shame combined with simply amazing fuel economy. The car is understated looking but has sharp handling, is very practical and is a bargin considering the equipment level it has. An equivalent Audi A4 may cost nealy 50% as much! Only down side was that curtain airbags were an option and not standard.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
51-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

The Octavia 4X4's performance and handling are quite remarkable - the best I'd found even against cars costing considerably more. Overall it has been very reliable and trustworthy over the 8 years we've owned it. Servicing costs have been very modest, and the dealer does a very good job in sorting out any minor niggles that need attention during servicing. A bit of a "Q-car"! Highly recommended.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
51-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent compromise between performance and economy. My last car was a prodrive impreza which, although extremely rapid, drank like my auntie Margaret at a funeral! The skoda has been remapped, has 207 bhp and averages 34 to the gallon...14 more than the scooby! It's quiet, well-behaved and eats up the miles. If I could afford the latest one, it would certainly be on my shortlist.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

140 bhp engine with dsg gearbox wonderful, steering handling comfort all below par cruise control was faulty they wouldn't believe me so it seemed and nearside doors wouldn't close properly found another garage to do the job and charge supplying dealer as they said there was nothing wrong the doors with after sales service like this I'll spend my money elsewhere next time.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 3/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

This is my third OCTAVIA, the first and second were 1.6FSI autos in Elegance trim, the new car is a 1.4TSI DSG in elegance trim. Nothing has gone wrong with any of the cars and the current vehicle has exceeded all my expectations, it is comfortable, fast, extremely well built and excellent value for money, I cannot imagine deserting the brand.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Never failed to start or get me where I'm going. On the variable servicing which is averaging about 17000 miles. front tyres did 39k. rear tyres had gone out-of-round before they were worn out at 55k. other than scheduled servicing only neede brake pads last year, and had a torn driveshaft boot and broken abs sensor mountin point on brg hsg.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Apart from a new battery being needed and a coil pack everything has worked perfectly. Fuel economy could be a bit better, but given the performance and the short drives we do it's very acceptable. also, buying the petrol version instead of the very expensive diesel was much, much cheaper and more than makes up for the extra fuel costs.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Apart from a drive shaft/differential problem which was diligently diagnosed and then Skoda paid for it - the car has performed very well - in particular in it's 4x4 mode (Octavia varient is a Scout). Small concern that the economy is not as good as hoped compared with previous model, but it does achieve published economy levels.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

I am very impressed with the overall practicality, performance and reliability of the car. Buying the car from new I studied carefully the merits of other cars and settled on the Skoda as the best overall, I have not been disappointed in any way. I still get the odd snigger about the Skoda brand, but its their loss.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

An excellent estate car, goes very well for an automatic diesel. plenty of room. rear seats are hard i am told. upholstery very utility and difficult to clean. has all the gear and wants for nothing. good car which i am pleased to recommend to anyone who wants an ecconomy vehicle at an affordable price.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
Y-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

My Octavia has done 120k miles and owes me nothing. It has been superb every since it was delivered to my home 9 years ago. Other than tyres, brakes and the odd fuse, the only work that has been needed in those nine years are the recent replacement of the front bearings.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It does everything I ask of it, fast when I want, tows a caravan excellently, has a huge boot, small enough to park easily, all the extras I want and need. AND being a Skoda it doesnt attract the attention of the theiving scum that inhabit this wonderful country of ours.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Faultless, with 22k miles it still feels brand new. this is brilliant compared to a previous vauxhall which although still fine at 22k, you could tell the suspension wasn't brand new in the cars handling. Impressive economy for the power output, it is remapped.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It`s all that I expected from the car I chose to buy,the power ,responsiveness and handling are superb. Having driven one beforehand and read the many positive reviews not least the findings in previous Driver Power Surveys.
I think I got a bargain.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for

A superb, very comfortable, fast, economical car with very good handling and road holding plus a remarkably large boot and spacios seating. This is a great car - superb build quality and very good value. I can recomend this car to anyone.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Bonnet release handle fell off. drivers side windscreen wiper unscrewed itself and caused damage to the rear edge of the bonnet. About ł175 for first service after about 18k miles. now done nearly 30k miles , still on original tyres.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

I am really please with my Octavia vRS, it is the first new car i have brought. The dealer was very helpfull and i feel that i have got good value for money. The vRS estate offers a practicle car with Gti performance, well GTD!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

My Octavia (a vRS estate) has the same mechanicals and equally good build quality as an Audi A4 for £6,000 less. A workhorse and performance car all in one - excellent. And it's faster than my other car, an old BMW Z3.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No issues with cars reliability. For a performance diesel thought the running costs would be high but was pleasently suprised to find that this is not the case. Car hanles and drives very well.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It has never had a problem. Very economical for a petrol 4 wheel drive estate car, although I would have like to have seen more tech added such as start-stop and brake regeneration.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

N othing has gon wrong with it yet. All I do is put petrol in.it has been serviced once since I got it but I did an intermediate oil change because of local short running.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Exellent overall performance and reliability. No car is perfect for all situations but the Octavia Vrs Estate is as close as I have been to my ideal all round vehicle.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Has had only 1 problem and that was fixed with a new brake caliper.has done all that I want form it and more. Costs are what I would expect form this model and engine.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

1.4TSI petrol DSG Excellence model - amazing value for money! Performance only slightly down on my previous 2.0PDI 140bhp DSG L&K Diesel. And only a few 'toys' less!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
53-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Done over 90000 miles and it has never failed to do what it needs to. Only costs have been standard service items and consumables such as tyres and brake pads

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It is never difficult to start, motorway driving performance is consistent, servicing is predictable (this is the second octavia I've had). Company car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Pleasantly suprised by the car. Goes well, handles well and is equipped with all that is required.
Dealer support has been good.
Future looks promising.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Just perfect - spot on in quality, reliability, performance, practicality, dealer service. Really fit for purpose. Going to get another one soon.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The fault in the cars handling is my own fault I should have stuck with the standard 16" wheels the option 17" rims make the ride too harsh.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Covered 80,000 miles but now had engine and clutch replaced - not what I expected. Not bad considering it has a 200bhp turbocharged engine.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Starts first time everytime, and returns consistently excellent fuel consumption, with and without a "full load" of passengers and goods

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
02-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

VRs has a great performance with a large boot for praacticality, good space for carrying a pram.
I would definitely buy a VRs again.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Faultless, not a hiccup in over 2yrs,. 170hp diesel so has performance when needed (overtaking etc) yet amazingly frugal on a run.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never gone wrong or let me down in 20,000 miles (touch wood). For a performance car (golf gti engine) economy is very good.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Have never had an issue with this car.. Overall good, though fuel efficiency is not quite as good as more modern cars.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Mechanically 100%; excellent handling in snow (winter tyres fitted). Service interval at ca 18000 miles cost ł200.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

There have been no problems since we bought the car. Very reasonable considering the performance available.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Heavy sporty car, tyre and brake wear are higher than 'normal', suspension bushes are wearing prematurely.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 5/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

The best allround car in the vag group and I have had them all and most of the other brands its spot on

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Brilliantlly versatile and a great q car. Travels quickly but calmly, easily accessible performance.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Nothing has gone wrong or dropped off. Slightly more thirsty than earlier octavia diesel (pd model).

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Nothing has gone wrong as yet, and nothing expected (1,500 miles only on clock). I am happy to date.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Emmisions warning light comes on occasionally. Carbon solinoid replaced but light still comes on.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems so far, always starts, no breakdowns. Reasonable fuel consumption / performance ratio.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent satisfying product at a competitive price backed up by an efficient dealer network,

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good performance. Basically reliable. Comfortable. Relaxing on to drive on long journeys

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Car has been completely reliable. For a performance car. fuel economy is reasonable. .

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Very pleased with it's solid performance. Concerned about the present cost of deisel.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not a single problem. Considering performance potential running costs are very good.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent so far. Not had to replace anything yet. reasonable petrol and insurance.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Octavia VRS is a fast and very spacious car, with lovely alloys. Would buy another.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Totally superb, the VRS model, power, style and bags of space for a saloon....

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Fantastic all rounder. Great performance with decent economy. Hard to beat

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Third Skoda Octavia. Pleased with them all. Will definitely buy another.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very pleased. bullet proof. As expected. value for money performance car.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

workhorse but comfortable and soaks up the miles, brakes could be better.

Performance: 4/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Repeated sensors failing. Must have happened half a dozen times, now.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 4/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The best value money for a car with performance, size and reliability

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

excellent. this is the second of this make and model I have owned

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Best car I've owner and intend to keep it for some time to come.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Needed to replace brake disc and egr valve but no other problems

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
05-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

A car that after 4 years continues to drive & perform like new.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

An excellent car compared to other cars at similar prices.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No issues since delivery. Only fuel paid for so far.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Not had car long enough to provide accurate rating

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Starts first time,every time. Mainly tyre wear.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Great value for money versus other VAG vehicles

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good vakue for money. Very satisfied.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Fast, solid and plenty of standard kit

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Could not be improved. Fuel too dear.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

best for performance and practability

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Great package at an affordable price,

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

For the price, an excellent buy.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good servicing intervals.

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 4/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Best car I've ever owned!

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
53-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

not as good as advertised

Performance: 2/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Excellant. Brillantg.

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 4/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent, no issues

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

IT WORKS FOR ME

Performance: 5/5 Braking: 5/5 Handling: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very pleased

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 3/5 Handling: 3/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Boring

Performance: 3/5 Braking: 4/5 Handling: 3/5