Advantages Lots of kit for a reasonable amount of money
Disadvantages Having to change gears mor often
After selling our 2005 Skoda Octavia estate in February this year, I can now report my findings after three months ownership of the latest model. By the end of April, the car had covered almost three thousand miles, and the question that many of you may be asking is whether the new model is an improvement on the old one? There is no quick answer here, and to be quite honest, is quite difficult to answer really. There are certainly some super improvements in the styling but I must admit I would still prefer some of the things on the old 1.9 diesel that I traded in.A great deal of what is good about the old Skoda Octavia comes under the saying “Don’t try to fix what isn’t broken”. In other words, a lot of the things about the old model were good, so why try and change it. Gradually, I am getting used to the styling changes on the newer model at the front end of the car, but if I must be honest, I still prefer the sharper lines of the older model. There are however reflective inserts in the rear bumper which does improve the looks of the car from behind. I also like the body coloured rubbing side strips, although I must admit that I have already had my first encounter with a rogue supermarket trolley the other day, which has slightly chipped the paint on the moulding. I simply love supermarket car parks – NOT. The small chip would not have shown on the paint free mouldings of the previous car. To people walking past the car, the chip itself is hardly noticed, but to me, because I know it is there, it seems to grab my attention every time. I am sure that every car owner goes through this feeling for every little blemish or scratch that may exist on their car. The wing mirrors on this model are also deeper. The appearance from outside does not seem to be affected too adversely, but there is a considerable improvement to the rear view vision when driving. I like the new style alloy wheels, but have found them to be more difficult to clean than the previous car. Perhaps I should clean them more than once every couple of months.
With regards to the interior, it is fairly similar with regards to seating and trim, as well as the main controls. Sitting in the vehicle for the first time, it brought back a certain familiarity to the previous car. The main changes can be found in the instrumentation. The audio and media system is a definite improvement, although I am not sure yet about the “welcome aboard” message every time I switch on the ignition. The touch screen is a great improvement and fairly easy to get familiar with even for an incompetent techie like myself. At first, I thought Skoda were economising on costs by not fitting a CD changer in the boot, until I realised that it was incorporated in the main unit. I have already put about 16 CDs onto a card that slots into place.The Octavia in its Elegance trim keeps the audio warning system when reversing, which also mutes the radio so that you can hear the warning sounds. The whole system is incorporated into a visual display on the audio unit.
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