Every so often, a car will completely transform its maker's image. The Octavia is one such machine. It forced people to rethink their prejudices and realise premium quality does not necessarily mean a premium price tag.
How times have changed. Ten years ago, I would rather have caught the bus than be seen at the wheel of a Skoda - but not these days. Now I'm happy to take the keys to one of the Czech cars, especially our long-term Superb.