Skoda Octavia 1.9 Tdi Estate

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Skoda Octavia 1.9 Tdi Estate

Skoda present the Octavia Classic 1.9 TDI PD Estate Estate with 5 Speed - (Man) / DSG - (Auto), Front (FWD) running on Diesel

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Review of "Skoda Octavia 1.9 Tdi Estate"

published 10/09/2017 | ravingreviewer
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Pro It does what it says on the tin.
Cons Not as many added extras as other cars.
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"Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a Skoda Octavia!"

Still having the old jokes about the reputation of Skoda from some twenty or so years ago going about in the back of my mind, I was excited when I started in my new job a few months ago to be able to have the chance of driving a few Skoda vehicles to see if they had improved at all - and I think that it is now safe to say that this is the case, as time and again I have been impressed by how they have vastly improved.

And none more so than the Octavia model, which I am going to be reviewing today - however as the subject matter would tell you, this is the 1.9 estate version of the model that I am going to be reviewing and so therefore other models may slightly differ in terms of engine size and the respective configurations or specifications that they come with.

It being an excellent car for both business and family purposes alike, it comes with a five gear manual transmission and an average fuel consumption of about 53 mpg (which is about the same as the Ford Focus or the Vauxhall Insignia). The boot space alone boasts some 580 litres with the rear seats up (compared to the Ford Focus which only has 476 litres or the Vauxhall Insignia which only has 530 litres), which also have the options of split level movement - meaning that you can have one seat down on its own; two seats down, or all three in any one given period of time to suit your own needs.

Starting at around the £13,480 mark to buy, I have only driven the diesel fuel option although I am reliably informed that there is also a petrol version also available (with a fuel tanks capacity of upwards of around 55 to 60 litres). On the road it handles itself superbly, and is just as comfortable and well controlled regardless of where you are driving it - I have driven them on the motorways and dual carriageways; on single lane A or B roads between towns and cities, and also in an inner city setting and I have experienced the same levels of comfort all the time.

Feature wise in terms of what is has inside compared to other such similar cars it may not be as upwardly mobile as many other of its contemporary vehicles, it does come with the usual offerings - full controls (some of which are automatic sensors such as wipers and parking aids); radio, and also in only a handful of them the ability to link your mobile telephone up through Bluetooth. There is however no option in those that I have driven to have an in built satellite navigational system in place, but there is the option I have found to link your own up through the portals that have also been included as standard.

I have to say that the unassuming exterior look of the car compared to other such similar vehicles has grown on me very quickly, as it is to me not one that would immediately make your head turn as others perhaps would. But to me this is the reason that I love this car so much - it is one that just gets on and does the job, and does it well. OK so compared to some of its competition it may not have as many of the 'added extras' that others may have and it to some extent will still have some of the stigma of its past as Skoda, but for so many people it will be an easy car to drive - and one that is in some ways very understated.

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  • RICHADA published 04/11/2017
    Whilst looking for rather more detail and statistics when reading a car review, as far as Ciao is concerned this pretty much does what it needs to. The modern Octavia is a very good car indeed - I'd unhesitatingly pick one over a smaller, but more trendy Golf (basically the same car under a smaller skin). R.
  • Chippytarka published 24/09/2017
    Very helpfulx
  • Pointress published 21/09/2017
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Product Information : Skoda Octavia 1.9 Tdi Estate

Manufacturer's product description

Skoda present the Octavia Classic 1.9 TDI PD Estate Estate with 5 Speed - (Man) / DSG - (Auto), Front (FWD) running on Diesel

Product Details

Body Type: Estate

Fuel Type: Diesel

Range: Skoda Octavia

Range + Engine Type: Octavia 1.9 Tdi, Octavia 1.9

Manufacturer: Skoda

Transmission type: 5 Speed Manual; DSG Automatic

Country of Origin: Czech Republic

CO2 Emissions: 143 g/km - (Man) / 167 g/km - (Auto)

Emissions Class: EU4

Type: Car

NCAP Rating: NCAP 4 Star Rating

Acceleration (0 - 62 mph): 11.9 seconds - (Man)

Maximum Speed (mph): 119

Warranty: 3 years / 60000 miles

Cylinders: 4

Fuel Capacity (litres): 55

Release Date: 01.01.2005

Torque: 184@1900 lb/ft

Driven Wheels: Front (FWD)

Classification: Standard Car

Insurance Group: 7, 8

Engine Size (cc): 1896

Towing Limit (kg): 1400

Boot Capacity (litres): 1620

Height: 1468

Width: 1769

Length: 4572, 4752

Weight: 1515

Power: 105

Available Trims: Ambiente; Classic; Elegance; Laurin & Klement; S; SE

Long Name: Octavia Combi 1.9 TDI

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