Auto Express's reliability 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.
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The car in general is very good. Two niggles though, The first was the Engine (Done under warranty) on a number of occasions would not fire up. Had the AA out on the first occasion and he just cranked it till it started took a minute or so. I took it to the dealer I bought it from (Simpsons Skoda at Preston) They said it need some new software which they installed. Fault appeared again about 6 weeks later same symptons just cranked it till it spluttered into life. Returned it to Simpsons who played about with the injectors. Happened again about 6-8 weeks later, I now just crank it till it starts. The other niggle was a noise from the rear sounded like a bearing. This first started after about twelve months it started faintly and generated into a horrible noise especially at low speed. Took it back to Simpsons wereby the service manager came out to have a look. Said very abruptly its your rear tyres which are worn unevenly due to the rear suspension being out of adjustment. I asked how it had become out of adjustment and got a load of technial rubbish. I ended up having an argument with the service manager as he said both tyres will need to be replaced and the tracking reset at my cost as its not under the warranty. I was absolutely incensed i had the tracking done and I've never been back to Simpsons.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

The Octavia with 1.8 TSI engine has a good blend of performance and economy and in L&K spec is a good match for BMW.
My only black mark has been with the DSG gearbox which when first used was inconsistant to the point of being a safety issue. Pulling away at a junction was often accompanied by a 2-3 sec delay which made pulling into traffic exciting to say the least, especially at roundabouts!
I contacted my original dealer and Skoda's customer care dept but got little joy with suggestions that my left foot braking technique was to blame. Only when I approached another Skoda dealer did I get the truth that there was a known problem with the computer control for the gearbox. A house move got in the way of sorting this but when settled in I approached the local dealer in Leamington Spa and after a couple of visits they managed to reprogram the box.
The car is now transformed and a real pleasure to drive. It is only a shame that the first 10000 miles were not so pleasant.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 5/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Fine car (1.8tsi 58reg) but mine has unexpected faults which mar the experience - perhaps it is a rare troublesome example. Clutch is jerky at lower speeds (eg town), indicator sometimes sticks (these are hard to establish with the dealer and are still unresolved) and an engine fault (car entered limp mode, fault fixed after callout, impeccable response from skoda uk with immediate replacement car provided) - however there is still a flat spot at 2500rpm which interferes with smooth, swift accelerative progress. In general, it is usefully very roomy but I think I would be more relaxed with a smaller, golf-sized hatchback as it is hard to park from both a size and rear visibilty point of view. On the road it delivers a great understated mix of liveliness, comfort and economy (it far outperforms a much enjoyed mk2 golf gti I once had), but could be much more satisfying if the above mentioned problems were resolved.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 4/5
52-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

MK1 Octavia vRS - lots of fun to drive, far better than the Golf on which it's based. Surprisingly thirsty about town but worth it on the B roads, and not visually shouty enough to attract the wrong sort of attention whilst still looking purposeful. Amazing amount of space for its size, quite well specced too with a very good climate control system. Stereo and CD autochanger typically shoddy though.

Unfortunately inherits lots of the boneheaded VW faults that seem to have no consistent solutions among dealers. Simple parts that suffer frequent failures cost a shocking amount for what they are. Expensive parts that should last the life of the car (eg. gearbox) fail with alarming regularity. Too much reliance on diagnostic codes by dealers leading to failed fixes and return trips, when the problems are often simple to trace if you apply traditional thinking and observation.

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 4/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Overall superb value for money, excellent build quality & comfortable.
Niggles: headlamp washer cover fell off & I was left to provide paint & paint it myself before dealer would fit, however all costs recovered through Skoda Maintenance with no difficulty. Drivers seat hight adjusment control drops the seat suddenly to its lowest position if pressed down, still not fixed. Occasional full volume crackle through the radio when starting the engine with the radio turned on. Not the easiest car to get in & out of. Fell the seat basre should be wider such that the edge is closer to the door.Space is taken up with the adjustment lever & storage slot.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
56-reg , Owner for 3 to 5 years

Problematic rear parking sensors has been the only issue of note.
Mostly the Octavia estate has proven to be a good reliable car. 1.9TDI is a strong engine if not truly fast. It pulls well even when fully laden. Seats could be more supportive. The headrests wouldn't work well in a crash. The rear seats don't fold flat. One issue that sometimes drives me nuts is the way the door locking system works. Its designed as a security feature but not everybody lives in a dodgy part of town. Ideally this feature would be able to be turned off if desired.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Purchased under the Skoda Approved scheme 6 months ago. Since then, I found out it was imported from Ireland, and has been sold previously on eBay. The tyre pressure sensor came on after 50 miles. The airbag warning light within the first month. It doesn't start when its wet and cold. It cuts out approaching junctions. The bonnet release broke meaning I couldn't add oil when the oil warning light came on. Supposing it was a mint example, I'd still find the lack of traction annoying - it spins the wheels under moderate acceleration in 1st/2nd/3rd.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Having owned an Octavia before, I knew about the reliability and build quality. Considering an equivalent equipped car from say, VW would cost at least £4000 more, I am more than happy with my Octavia. The 2.0 TDI engine is great, and with 140 BHP it has the thrust when required. The materials used on the interior are solid and well finished and the equipment level is very good on the Elegance model. Overall, I have no regrets about buying my Octavia, especially as I know that the after sales service is topped only by Lexus.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
04-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Comfortable, economical, well built and reliable. Good economy despite having an auto box and mostly town driving. One engine fault with an exhaust valve that needed replacing. The dealer sorted it out 1st time. If I have any criticisms I am really nit-picking. They are that the engine is a bit agricultural when cold. There is not much legroom in the back although I rarely take more than one passenger and this is compensated by the huge rear boot needed to take a wheelchair and/or mobility scooter.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Timing chain tensioner failed 12 days before warranty expired. new engine supplied & fitted under warranty. then cooling fan problem before car returned to me so new cooling fan (didn't solve it) and new ecu which solved the fault. 2,000 after getting the car back a brake pipe was found to be seeping fluid. previous issues with door seals creating excessive wind noise. Less economical than my prev mk1 octavia vrs. front tyre wear seems excessive but that's just personal opinion.

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 5/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for

I have had a persistent problem with the DSG gearbox which was inconsistent when accelerating and parking. After 10000 miles I have finally managed to get Skoda to accept something is wrong and since the gearbox has been reprogrammed it has transformed the driving experience.
It has much more space than a BMW 1-series or Audi A3 and in L&K 1.8 TSI form has more performance while being cheaper to buy. First class Q-car.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 5/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Terrific value for money even in it's fully loaded form. Great build quality and reliability though not as smooth or as comfortable as the very best in class. Has been driven from Cornwall to Scotland and from Spain to Poland - the only malfunction was a split rubber hose on the turbo. When I took it in for repair I found that subsequent models have the rubber hose replaced with a steel pipe. Brilliant.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Totally reliable and trustworthy, very practical, even to the satisfying extent that it is a tad boring! Good for short and long journeys alike, ably assisted by the automatic DSG gearbox.

Can't fault it on any category.

The only bit of excitement was the day when a road chip lodged between a disc and pad - the resulting banshee wail and vibrations were quite entertaining!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

I have driven Skoda's for the past 7 years and for the last three years I have been driving Octavia Vrs Deisel's and this is the best value for money car in the UK market, the build quality is excellent and no other manufacture even comes close to the customer service offered by Skoda. I have dealt with 3 different dealers in the last 7 years and all three are equally good.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No issues since new just a rear parking sensor computer fault replaced straight away by dealer under warranty. I average about 45 miles to he gallon but most of my mileage is running too and from work which is only a 12 mile round trip and is always a cold start journey both ways. I can get 60 miles to gallon on astray motorway run which I am happy with.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Great car, wonderful drive, space. Comfortable for long journeys. The DSG gearbox is excellent, unfortunately it suffers from battery drain. This problem was never resolved when under warrantee. I have spent a lot of money trying to resolve this, unsuccessfully. I need to keep a fully charged second battery in the boot for emergencies!

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 5/5
55-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Performance and reliability first class, nothing ever has gone wrong apart from 2 sidelight bulbs that failed at three and a half years old and the bulb warning system informed me of that saving me from commiting an offence. Servicing and dealer quality first class and very easy on the pocket. I enjoy the car every time I use it.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2003-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No major problems in the last year but I am getting a little concerned about the battery although the car has not failed to start yet. Issue with seals leading to water ingress to the rear footwell on the drivers side, still trying to get a permanent fix, drivers side front window regulator required replacement in the last year.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

a very goood car, utterly reliable. It's my 3rd Skoda and all of them have been great. I have in fact already ordered a new on for March. The olny thing I don't like a bout my current car is the black colour. It's impossible to keep clean and shows the slightest dirt. The new one will be red. Otherwise it's great.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

The car has exceeded my expectations of it. It has done everything I have required of it and is the best car I have ever owned. I use to change my cars every three years but because this is such a great car I have decided to keep it for longer. Totally happy... and as the advert says...Skoda makes happy drivers!!!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

So far, the only occasion that I visit my skoda dealer is for the annual service. the car always starts first time, whatever the weather, and it is a pleasure to own. The car is still under warranty, so no problem with repairs, etc. my fuel consumption is increased by the fact that I do many short journeys.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2001-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Electric sun roof has a gremlin; n/s/r window glass dropped; possible turbo lag creeping in, otherwise wear and tear. very reliable. with winter tyres, fantastic traction in all cold weather. Petrol and road tax are annoyingly high. must keep drainage channels clear of muck to stop water in the footwells.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

It was delivered without any blemishes and has been been fault free, but has only done 4,300 miles so far. While it gives better mpg than priuses or small petrol super-minis, its overall maintenance costs are expected to be higher than a simpler petrol car because modern diesels are complex.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Never failed to get me where I need to go any day. a few minor ancillary fault fuel, temp sensor and glowplug relay unit all with warranty. annoyingly air con compressor twice since warranty expired. Apart from regular service and tyres. only additional costs are air con compressor x2.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

My VRS estate is fundementally a good car but has been let down by poor paint quality (several panels repainted and needing done again) and electrical and gas sensor issues which took too long to diagnose and repair. This was my first skoda and it has sadly failed to meet expectation.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

3rd skoda I have leased. they are totally reliable and have simply kept going and never missed a beat for each of the three year terms. The car servicing does not cost me anything as it's leased. that said I would not want to pay for the tyres, I am only getting 17000 on the fronts.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

In the last 9 months I've had a new instrument cluster (it took skoda 4 replacement ones before they fixed it!), a new engine (due to a cam belt tensioner failure) and it's currently in for what appears to be a replacement dual mass flyweel. Impressive for a 200 bhp petrol engine.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 5/5
Y-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A good car but cannot rely on the Skoda Main dealers in the birmingham area, the prices are high and they dont fix all faults. In the end i had to go to a independant VW group car specialist who talked me through the problems and how to solve them and their prices were reasonable.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great car & on the whole reliable but spoiled somewhat by a very average dealer. They have failed to fix a few niggling faults, the worst of which is the constant 'misting up'. I hope they can fix it before the warranty expires or I may decide to get rid of it altogether.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Faulty speaker and few lose clips but nothing faulty with engine.the doors had to be realigned as there is a whistling noise over 70mph, doors are harder to close and also there is more of a gap from the door to the sill. Only ever used fuel, no parts needed yet.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

The L&K Octavia is an excellent car - after years of Mercs, its refreshing to have a car that doesn't threaten to rust apart in record time. Also the spec (once all the option boxes have been ticked) exceeds anything comparable in the low to mid 20k bracket.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very disappointed when a gearbox problem developed and it needed replacing just less than 3000 miles outside of warranty. Skoda Customer Care paid half the total cost having been approached by the local dealer on our behalf. Still an expensive problem!

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

The Octavia has been a star in undertaking and completing everything I request it to do. I still enjoy the driving of the vehicle and I am always surprised at it's adaptability, the huge boot and a engine in the vRS make this the a prime "Q" car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Brilliant value for money, to get the performance one would have to spend at least £5K more for another brand. Reliability, practicality and level of service is second to none. It makes it very hard to switch to another brand/car!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Excellent. Only problem has been the audio warning which controls "lights on", indicators, seta belt not fastened - has failed.

Skoda would replace on good will but only if I paid £600 for a new dash. Not impressed with that.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It is one of the most reliable cars I have ever had plus is comfortable especially for long trips and quite economical.The assistance from the dealers is superb and not only in this country but as I can vouch for also in Europe.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

An all rounder. It's the 2.0TDI model, so it's quick and econimical. It's a VW behind the badge, so reliability and build are great. Not as sharp as the Bora I owed before hand, but do prefer the refinement of my Octavia.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

My first automatic a dsg 7speed 1600. I cant fault it. I had an octavia before. this one has brough my car right up to-date. First service at 2years and 12000 miles ł240 fuel consumption is getting better all the time.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

Very reliable despite age. apart from coil pack faults in first year of ownership which were sorted under warranty. Average but increasing with age! best at about 3 years old, started to increase after 8th birthday!

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No major problems; only replaced items like brake pads, suspension wishbones, etc. plus some minor engine management/maf problems. Total running costs (including insurance, tax, mots etc) is ł6000 over 3+ years.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Have a diesel Octavia vRS it is without exception easily the best car I have ever owned, both in terms of build-quality, reliability and performance. It leaves the German competition standing in its tyre marks!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

As yet it has been totaly faultless, as was the last octavia 4x4 I owned, it copes very well in snow and muddy fields and tracks. Fair dealer charges for service and fuel costs are what I expect for a 4x4 dsg.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The wheels are the catalogue wheels and they are very soft metal and they hate pot holes, they dent easily, I would not buy them again.. At £65 each they are not that bad, but twice I have also lost a tyre..

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I can't fault it. It has all the best bits from VW for less money than the Focus. It has an incredibly smooth engine (1.8TSi) and as far as I'm concerned the Focus is way off the pace in refinement and cost.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Very reliable except for starter motor which is causing problems and will need replacing shortly. Servicing every 2 years, which is good, but mpg is disappointing. not as good as manufacturer's figures..

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

First car owned that has not needed any work whatsoever on warranty. seriously good build quality. Fuel apart, have only needed 2 tyres replaced and puncture repaired. service is due in next week or so.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
02-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

THE CAR IS EXCELLENT TO DRIVE AND THE MAIN FAULT WAS POOR SERVICE WHICH WAS RECTIFIED BY MYSELF WITH A CHANGE OF GLOW PLUGS CHANGE OF OIL TO SYNTHETIC AND INJECTOR CLEANER TO RECTIFY POOR ACCELERATION

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2000-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Never failed to be on road. problems confined to electric window lifters -- now with latest non-break parts. Good fuel consumption. fairly cheap servicing by specialist but not official dealer garage.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

I have driven both company and private cars for forty years, including 4X4s for caravaning and, in terms of quality of build, reliability, economy and value for money, it is SKODA every time for me.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Very reliable and a pleasure to drive.The economy is excellent and low insurance.This is the third Skoda i have owned and would recommend people to look beyond the badge if looking to buy one..

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Had very little trouble in six years. an alternator fault and a problem with the a/c compressor only in 75k miles. Insurance good, fuel excellent, now depreciated down so not losing much value.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good car overall, practical and economical, however electrical problems nearly lead me to reject the car after they became a potential safety issue. Engine noise insulation could be better too.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

A reliable if somewhat staid vehicle. Even though I drive the pre-facelift model, the changes to the latest Octavia are generally cosmetic and the car still lacks vibrant style and dynamism.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Absolutely execellent value for money, good performance and safety coupled with solid reliability for £5K less than it's rivals. It makes it very difficult to consider making a change...

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Issues with DPF and ECU took many visits to dealer to fix.
Dealer managed to damage wiring loom during routine service but woudl not replace it leading to many breakdowns as a result

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

High build quality, good economy from a strong engine and lots of cabin space. Basically a Mk V Golf with a larger body and you get all the benefits of this excellent combination.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No issues at all from new. Cruising on the motorway, it will achieve 50mpg no problems. over the last 7000 miles, I have got between 45 - 50mph on motorways / commuting to work.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Minor faults so far. o/r door lock jammed. rear washer failed. reversing proximity warning misbehaves in bad weather conditions. Exciting car to drive but thirsty when pushed.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Apart from a sensor having to be replaced under warranty it has been very reliable. For a large family car I find it very acceptable compared to my wifes2 litre 206cc.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

The Octavia VRS CR Tdi is all the car you'll ever need, but not all the car you'll ever want. It does everything I ask of it and makes an Audi A4 look way over-priced.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not much to say if it has never caused a problem! After 29,000 miles I have used up 2 tyres, and ł117.00 worth of service costs... I am not complaining about that!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Found it to be extremely reliable with minimal costs. Replacement parts are well priced and easliy accessible on the open market and not jsut through dealerships.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Excellent quality and value for money. Having had VWs for the past 6 years, I can no longer justify the premium for other VAG products when Skoda is so good.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2003-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

6 years ownership, mileage now 160k and still no major faults. Apart from fuel, mot and servicing, a few tyres, one bill for brake problems, that's about it.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

absolute hoot to drive! its quick, reliable (considering 120 000 on clock) and pretty comfortable considering its the vrs model so gets driven fairly hard.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only expensive problem to date was a radiator failure. other than that, no issues. Fuel consumption is good. parts and servicing costs are average.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No problems at all since puchased. seviced regularly. cambelt and pullys replaced as advised. Low profile tyres as fitted are expensive to replace.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

great car spoiled by intermittent build quality. suspension and dashboard still creak and dealer clueless as to how to fix it.not good from skoda.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

First Skoda, very pleased, excellent finish, roomy, good boot space. Many extra features ie separate air con for passenger and driver, MFD etc

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
Y-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A fine car for the money, surpassed my expectations of the brand however, being all Audi/VW under the bonnet, should be pretty good/reliable.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

First class. Reliable. Enjoyable to drive. Diesel engine could be quieter. It's an Octavia Estate so loads of room. Best car I've ever owned.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Had a dsg gearbox problem. took 8 months to fix by software remap on line from factory! Cant expect anymore from a spacious quality car.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

One problem so far when exhaust system warning light came on. garage found no cause for this. Only service so far was reasonable price.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Only thing broken which has not been fixed is the cruise control. otherwise just regular wear and tear. very reliable car. Acceptable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Faultless so far. Being retired I wanted a car that was firstmost reliable,comfortable, economical.this car fulfills all of these.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Only one initial problem, with the abs unit. this was fixed under warranty. Costs a little more to run, as it is the sports model.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Running =100%niggling faults= rear door not locking hatch not releasing. Servicing= cambelt renewal every 4 years.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

1 slow puncture in 2.5 years. I service it , put fuel in it and pay the government for it . and it works ! Could be a bit better.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only one problem in last 2.5 years. sorted quickly and reasonably cheaply (dpf sensor). Bought 2nd hand with 3 year service deal.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
58-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

An excellent car - this is the second new Octavia Estate and don't see any reason to change to a different manufacturer or model

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It is reliable, starts first time never had any problems with it. Good fuel econemy, long service interals,good value for money.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
T-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

Apart from the clutch problem, which was essentially my fault, car has proven very reliable, never been unuseable in 90K miles

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

good build quality and reliability,could improve mpg as other makes in the vw/audi group have done with similar size engines.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No mechanical problems, never failed to start. Economical considering driving style, replacement tryes are expensive though.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

an excellent well made family sized saloon, reliable and fairly economical, all the badge snobs are missing something here.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

It's the first car that I have ever owned where the battery has let me down, and that was at just 2 years old. Acceptable.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Water pump failure (74,000 miles) wheel bearing failure (90000miles). Fuel 10p/mile, servicing 3p/mile insurance 2p/mile.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

All you would want from a VW or Audi but with better build quality and far better value and why spend £3000 on a badge!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
56-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The VRS estate vesion of the Octavia provides a very good blend of practicality and performance along with reliability.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
S-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Items supplied by 3rd party unreliable. Like the conservative looks.
Badge still a problem. Good long distance tourer

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Having had five mondeos skoda has outclassed them!! I get the space and the reliability at a fraction of owning ford!!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Problem up to now is changing the front pads and discs due to corrosion on 1st mot. No costs besise normal servicing.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

The vehicle is3 and half years old and the only part replaced (other than routine servicing was an exhaust regulator

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Audi build quality at a fraction of the price. Amazing valued family car. Our third Octavia and won't be our last.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Octavia 1.9 Diesel 4x4
A brilliant all rounder for extreme rural conditions.
Excellent on long journeys.
Love it!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Super reliable only one issue in the 6 years of ownership. It gets serviced and it works, prices are reasonable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

In the 4.5 years I have had it just the esc went ł150 to fix. It uses 1l of oil every 8000 miles not a problem.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

So far we have had no problems with the car. Fuel consumption is good on a long journey at a reasonable speed.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

very good quality for the price - this is an octavia estate and has plenty of room - its all you need in a car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

great value for money, a bargain compared to the competition.
Is a little thirsty compared to comparable VW's

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2006-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Had ignition coil problems twice. Have 3 yr service plan with franchised dealer which I consider economical.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very nice car but over complicated multi-link rear suspension taken from VW Golf too prone to wear on bushes

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Never had any issues with it,it's faultless. Considering I've had a engine remap it still returns great mpg.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Engine failure at 80k miles but no other problems. The car is reasonably thirsty but it is a 2 litre turbo.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

31k miles and no faults. Mpg generally good, tyres a bit ott at ł150 a corner. tyres a bit oversized tbh.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Very reliable no problems what so ever. From a performance car 45 to the gallon is more than acceptable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems. Annual service seems comparable to others carried out at main dealers, spare parts similar.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not had any problems since new. Not spent too much on servicing yet due to variable servicing intervals.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

A couple of minor problems where sorted out under guarantee. A few more mpg would be good but unlikely.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems. Provided with 3 free services when car purchased. tyres only slightly worn at 13k miles.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Cannot fault it. Mpg is disappointing. I got 15-20 more mpg from golf 1.9 tdi with the same gearbox.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems. Fuel consumption could be better for a 1.2 litre car - we generally get around 44 mpg.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

good quality,reliable,flexible,comfortable,easy to drive, all in all a very hard package to beat.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not a hint of a problem. Not even needed a service yet as I am on the variable service schedule.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only had one problem with the car and that is a rattle and its booked in next week to get fixed

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
03-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent, lots of space, hugh boot, lots of extras, very easy to live with, goo build quality.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

second skoda I have owned. very good value for money,excellant reliability,good service support

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems with car so far. Can be a litle thirsty when use is made of its full acceleration.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent blend of performance, comfort, reliability, low running costs and value for money.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2002-reg Petrol, Owner for more than 5 years

No serious faults at all no breakdowns services regularly. Would be more if we used it more.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very reliable. I think that for the price of the car new that the cost is very good indeed.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Problem-free apart from the aircon system. Main dealer servicing errs on the priceyb side.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great car starts first time every morning whatever the conditions, niggling gearbox fault

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
08-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent straightforward budget car which is refined and reliable with plenty of space.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Have only just bought the car but value for money is how i would best describe it so far

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Reliable, practical, a joy to drive, child friendly and a very nice shade of blue!!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

cheap reliable motoring fantastic build quality for the non image concious motorist

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
51-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Excellent car, recently marred by a so far uncured intermittent starting problem.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Economical, good build quality, sufficient performace, a lot of car for the money

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Good car - let down by lots and lots of little problems, that keep going wrong.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 1/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Exceeded my every expectation. Can not speak highly enough of the brand. SKODA

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems at all with car. Mpg is very good considering its a sporty model.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Absolutely no problems so far. Fule 50-60 mpg, serviced once at main dealer.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems. Fuel consumption around 55mpg not bad for a medium sized car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems in 15000 miles. Good fuel consumption for type of use it gets.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Clutch problems. Repairs for none warranty work and servicing exspensive.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I have never had a single fault. The car has only been serviced once.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Had no problems with this car. Can get over 50 mpg if I take it easy.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

The whole package very good no problems at all. Parts and fuel good.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Completely faultless. Only costs were damaged tyres due to potholes.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
53-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Overall an excellent car, quality german build at a sensible price.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems so far. Petrol not as efficient as my previous diesel.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Good car I just hope I've been unlucky with the exploding turbo!

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 4/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Best possible value for money, with reliability and performance.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2000-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No real problems in over 75000 miles. Reasonably cheap to run.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

my previous octavia was written off and i purchased same model

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Pretty good but parking sensors play up in cold wet weather

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems yet. No tax in first year and 54 to the gallon.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

it does exactly what it says on the tin and does it well!!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very pleased, great value for money with good reliability

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent build quality, superb support from Skoda dealer

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent. Wellbuild practical and sensible running costs

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
07-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good value for money, reliable, well made, good to drive.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

good cat let down by electrical niggles and dpf problems.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems. Only bought tyres, brakes & cambelt change.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems. Service plan taken out, no expense so far.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Had it 6 months & it hasn't had any problems whatsoever

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2002-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

No problems with the car at all - fantastic. Excellent.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Perfect. Other than the high price of fuel no problem.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Excellent build quality, great to drive, good economy.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Very good car, very reliable and incredibly practical.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Great performance, reliable and good value for money

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems, starts first time everytime. Not known!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems at all. Not food mpg for engine size.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems at all. Pretty good for a sports car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

fast, reliable and much better value than an audi

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
05-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Good looking, reliable, practicle excellent value

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No major problems yet. Cheap to service and run.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I have not had any problem with the car from new

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Great car let down with persistant dpf problems

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 5/5
Y-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

solid, reliable work-horse, & great family car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
59-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Excellent, practical, reliable and well built.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Wonderful value for money and a great drive.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
54-reg , Owner for More than 5 years

Very reliable well made good value for money

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems at all since I acquired the car

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A do-it-all car without the silly price tag

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
X-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

It's an excellent and reliable budget car.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

A first class car which I am proud to own

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Had no issues with reliability, very good

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very Happy Skoda Driver. Excerlent car.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Good value, low running costs, reliable

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

excellent car.Audi quality Skoda price

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Gearbox went, turbo keeps overboosting

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for 3 to 5 years

quality seems lower than earlier model

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems. Very good for an auto.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

DSG gearbox not as good as promoted

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2009-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

100% reliable no problems at all

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems at all. First class.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not missed a beat in 22000 miles

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Always starts. Very fair prices.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

3 years old never been a problem

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Wheel hubs have rusted slightly

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2011-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems. Pretty reasonable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No faults in 13 months motoring

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

1 fault in 5 years. No issues.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

A good buy and a reliable car

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Its been ok up to now. Ok.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
58-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Pratical reliable spacious

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Reliable quite econimical

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 0/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Excellent build and value

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems in 15 months

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Great car for the money

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Very impressed overall.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

not that i am aware of

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
06-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Best car I have owned!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Fantastic all-rounder

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Brilliant no problems

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2010-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problem's at all

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2012-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

No problems yet

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Very reliable

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Fantastic.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
59-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Excellent

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5