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Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI

DIESEL CZECHMATE (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

Skoda's improved third generation Octavia will be at its most popular in the UK in 1.6-litre TDI diesel form. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 61

Is sensible enough? Probably not. If you want a purely functional vehicle, there are many cheaper than Skoda's improved third generation Octavia. If, on the other hand, you want good common sense mixed with a warm feel-good factor that reminds you how wise your purchase was, Skoda's Mondeo-sized and much-improved mid-ranger could be just the ticket. Especially in 1.6-litre TDI form.

Backgroundword count: 169

For the person who doesn't feel the need to try too hard, there's always the Skoda Octavia. This was always the five-door family model for those self-assured enough to not need a badge to lean their egos on, who recognised a good car and weren't afraid to reward a once-unfashionable marque with their money. We're now well into the third generation of Octavia and while it's become steadily more sophisticated and socially mobile, it remains a car that has a certain cool sense about it, especially in 1.6-litre TDI diesel form. The first generation version ran from 1998 to 2004, with the second generation model then enjoying a nine year innings which is almost unheard of in the midrange market. But that hints at how Skoda buyers aren't instantly seduced by all that is new, shiny and superficial. There's always been substance to the Octavia and this improved third generation car, which despite its Golf underpinnings these days campaigns in Mondeo and Insignia territory, explores that theme still further.

Driving Experienceword count: 230

The Octavia's engine line-up will look like familiar fare to anyone who, maybe not realising the sheer size of this third generation design, is maybe considering a slightly smaller Volkswagen Golf or a SEAT Leon as an alternative purchase. Like those two cars - and Audi's A3 Sportback - this car's UK sales will be very heavily dependent on the 1.6-litre TDI diesel engine we look at here which in standard form now puts out 115PS, good enough of rest to 62mph in 10.1s on the way to a 126mph top speed. To be honest, this car doesn't feel that fast - and in this diesel guise would benefit from a sixth speed in its manual transmission to ease the engine strain at higher revs. Not that you'll be short of speeds if you select the DSG auto gearbox option, this offering you up to seven ratios but with the usual auto transmission sprint-sapping penalties attached. Still, you can perk things up a bit by recourse to the kind of hi-tech intervention you simply wouldn't expect to find on a family-minded Skoda of this sort: 'Driving Mode Selection'. It's the Czech brand's version of Audi's 'drive select' set-up and it's standard whatever your engine choice on all but entry-level Octavias to allow you to match the set-up of the car to the mood you're in and the road you're on.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

Combined mpg:

72.4

74.3

CO2 (g/km):

99

Extra urban mpg:

80.7

85.6

Insurance group:

13

14

Price:

18360

22660

Urban mpg:

61.4

Weight (kg):

1230

1245

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Compact Family Cars

Performance
80%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
80%
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