Perfect balance of fun, practical and looks amazing
I have owned 43 cars in my 40 years. Crazy I know. I have owned everything from a Toyota Starlet, Toyota 86, BMW X3 30D (the current one), Prado's to a Mk7 Golf R. This is probably the 1st car I have owned where I have sat in it and - wow, Skoda have nailed it. A lot of reviews speak well of the car, but they downplay the performance saying its a bit understated. I bought a 2 year old one, as I am waiting for the new one to be released, and it came fully optioned with the tech pack, luxury pack and roof. The alacantra quilted seats are stunnin...g, and give the car the perfect balance of sporty and luxury. The fit, finish and build are the perfect balance of quality, quirky czech character and sporty. The tech and infotainment is intuitive and simple to use. The boot space and flexibility is cavernous and practical. For every day driving it is practical and comfortable, responsive when needed. Take it to a windy road and put it in sport mode, and it roars. It is engaging, responsive and just plain fun. Yes its not quite as edgy as a GTi or R, but is not far behind. Honestly for a family wagon - its outstanding value for money. I paid $30k for a 2 year old one, and it has almost 3 years left of factory warranty. You'd be made to go and buy a Korean SUV when you can have this for the same price or less. This is the 3rd Skoda I have owned. I have had a great experience with each of them. The other two were Scouts. The only criticism I have to Skoda Australia... for the love of God, will you bring back manuals??? At least in the performance models. Yes I get that they are not high volume sellers. However you need to show respect to motoring enthusiasts. The same goes to VW. You cannot be the custodian of iconic products like RS, GTi and R, and deny genuine enthusiasts real driving experiences. I've heard all the arguments that modern ZF / DSG gearboxes are faster etc, but I don't care, its not the same. Do it for your brand, and do it for your customers who care about your brand. Its not always about the numbers - and tell your CFO to get stuffed, you are a car company not a finance company!
75000 Klms with no problems
I purchased this car in September 2016 and as my job requires me to be on the road each day I can speak with some confidence about how this car has performed. I can genuinely say that there has been no issues except I needed a new battery after 50000 Kim’s but no charge to me. The DSG has never given me a problem so I really don’t know why some people complain about it.
My car was optioned with the Tech pack which amongst other things included a great sound system and radar cruise control.
The 1.4 motor has enough power for me and the torque ha...
Use it to commute to work
No dramas in 7 years except for the window
Bad thing is pricey maintenance as the components are quite expensive
Driven about 170000km already and the cars still going strong
The hidden gem of the motoring world
I love the Octavia RS245 because it is a brilliant compromise of sportiness and practicality. It's based on the Golf GTI Performance so it's quick and handles beautifully. However it's got a longer wheelbase so it has more room, a huge boot and is more comfortable. It's also much cheaper, just as well equipped and built and very reliable as well. So far I've done 80000km, a lot of that with performance modifications on the car and the only problem I've had is a leaky water pump which was replaced under warranty without any problems. It's also r...easonably economical, I can get down to 6l/100km on a highway trip, although it's generally between 8 and 9 on a mixed journey. Other things I like are the big clear infotainment screen, the excellent lane assistance, the sporty but very comfortable front bucket seats, the fantastic LED headlights, the multi-mode adaptive dampers and the silky smooth 7 speed gearbox. Things I don't like? Road noise is quite bad, there are a few rattles from the sunroof, the stock Pirelli tyres were just atrocious and the black colour is very difficult to keep clean. Overall, very happy.
Purchased in August 2018 for A$41,500.00.
Warranty repair not honoured. SAD!
I have a 2016 Skoda Octavia RS. Despite coming with a 5 year warranty Skoda refuse to repair my leaking sunroof which has flooded my carpet on 4 different occasions. Terrible after sales service! Please see image.
Purchased in January 2017 for A$36,000.00.
The engines have too many manufacturing defects and no support from the company
bought two pre owned skodas, both of them driven around 110000 ks , both of them broke down in the next 10000 ks. one because of gear box and the other one due to engine knocking.
when researched online found more then 100 people in the same state with the exact same problem , when spoke to skoda about it they brushed it off saying its maintenance issue. Even the mechanics have acknowledged that these cars have manufacturing defect with their engines and start crumbling after hundred thousand ks.
In short not a long term car and not worth buying a pre owned one regardless of the deal.
Purchased in November 2018.
- NE (Wagon) (2013-2020)
- Verified purchase
Much improved and loving it
This is my second octavia. Skoda has fixed the DSG without the 0.3 second delay to get off the mark. It is so smooth, working extremely well with the 110kw 1.4T engine. Fuel consumption around 6.8lt per 100km around town with climate control operating.
Android Auto make life so easy. Up to date Google map, voice control texting. Google read out your messages.
Turning cycle is unbelievable good for car of this size.
Emergency breaking have safe many lives in city driving.
Purchased in April 2019 for A$30,999.00.
Still drives like new with no issues
Have had my 2008 performance RS petrol Octavia since 2011 with hassle free driving. Always done servicing on time. Only repairs were the electric coils being replaced as I noticed the engine was unhappy. Other than that I just fuel it up and have it serviced cheaply at Ultra Tune. Goes like the clappers, handles like a dream, cheap to own, easy on fuel and excellent long term paint job with no marks. Would be silly to sell it as its not worth much but is essentially the same car and in the same condition I bought 8 yrs ago. With all cars you can get a dud, but you are less likely with these.
Purchased in October 2011 for A$20,000.00.
- Octavia NE (2013-2020)
- Verified purchase
Fantastic value for what you get, with massive huge cargo capacity, despite being a medium sized station wagon. I've got the base model, and even the base model has a good level of accessories, such as adaptive cruise control; wired Android Auto/Apple Carplay; and dual-zone climate conrol. Fuel consumption is good, and performance is more than adequate. The only drawback is that it uses premium unleaded.
we bought the 118tsi dsg new in 2014 as the last 1z on the lot (Octavia 3 already for sale). Have done 60000km with the only problem being the battery was a stop/start one which our car does not have( they charge differently to normal batteries).
the car is used every day in Wagga Wagga, also as the main travelling car. the car is serviced ahead of scheduled km as it was months came first. It is now being serviced by a European car specialist as the dealer stopped selling Skodas and wanted the car in more often due to extended warrenty
Purchased in March 2014 for A$26,500.00.
Update to Love my car BUT
Update: My 2008 car is now over 220,000 km and still going well. It is a manual and I would recommend avoiding the auto's as they have had a lot of issues. One lady in town had a auto and told me it can suddenly go out of gear, which is very scary if you were crossing a busy road! Skoda has told her repeatedly that there is no problem!
Please note that these model Skoda's do not have the dangerous Takata air bags. The Octavia III (2014-2018) do though.
Purchased in October 2012.
Excellent so far (1000km)
Traded my 2013 Octavia TSI 90 for an Octavia VRS my18 169 tsi6 with the upgrade packs. Excellent so far but have only done 1100kms. Was told my new Android 7.1 phone would accept Android Auto but it doesn't. Very disappointed I can't monitor traffic conditions on the impressive 9.2" Columbus screen. The owner's English language manual, like the previous one includes every version of Octavia for that year which makes it very hard to navigate the 271 pages of small print. Reference photos are not good. It's well prepared but too convoluted in my ...opinion. I believe the impressive list of driving and safety features in the up grade packs are all there and working, but can't be sure. A steep learning curve trying to understand maybe. Driving the car is a delight. Basically a sports car which I've toned down to the eco mode which is all I need as a retiree. Fuel consumption in this break in period is impressive. On ron 98 averaging around 6.5l/100 combined and down to about 5.4l/100 on the freeway. Maybe less than one litre per 100 worse than my old 90tsi all over which is very good. Should improve after a few thousand kms.
- NE (Wagon) (2013-2020)
- Verified purchase
Bought this car as a demo with about 400km on the clock and use it as every day transport.
1.4 TSI with 7 spd DSG. Tech Pack and Luxury Pack were fitted.
We've now done 28k and had the first service done at 15k. Checked oil today with 2k to service. Still on full level.
Difficult to find fault. Comfortable, quick enough when needed, Bells and whistles work well and it's surprising how quickly they become integrated into your every day driving.
Very economical. Have been down to 4.9 on a few trips and anything over 5.5 is a disappointment....
Purchased in July 2017.
Additional to my older review.....still have the 1Z 2013 special edition tsi 1.4l 7speed dsg at 62,000 kms. Little has changed. Still original tires exhaust and brakes. Still looks and drives as new. Two extended warranty jobs in the fifth year...a failing water pump and delaminating rear window heater element. Always used ron98. Fuel consumption is around 5litres/100 or under on freeway, and around 6.2 or less combined. At a constant 80km/hr I've measured about 4.4 and in Brisbane city traffic 7.5. Into it's 6th year I test drove an Eclipse Cr...oss and ASX, both new 2018 models, but on reflection found no good reason to change. I may consider a change when the warranty expires, possibly a new Octavia. Now in my 9th decade I've had some driving experience and the Octavia is the best vehicle I ever owned. Touch wood.
Octavia - Great drive.
Octavia is used for a mix of suburban & highway driving.
This car is used most days of the week.
Servicing is yearly.
We usually cover approximately 12000Km per year.
The only issue has been the original 12V battery. 3 calls to Skoda Assist over 3 years -car in garage at home each time- battery replaced at 3 years.
Otherwise absolutely no issues. The engine DSG combination is brilliant. A very sweet drive with brisk acceleration.
Ignore the motoring writers who complain about DSG Transmissions. Occasionally you do get a minor edging backwards after backing out of garage & then engaging forward (Drive) -less than most drivers would experience with a manual car. ...
Fantastic economy and great value
We have an MY17 Octavia sedan, petrol, fitted with the sports pack. Overall, I would say this is a great car. It’s best feature would have to be the fuel economy – we average 7 or less litres /100km. On a recent trip involving both motorway and city driving, we managed 5.6 l/100. For a petrol car running on 95 fuel, that’s outstanding! It has a 1.4 litre turbo and a seven speed DSG gearbox. There’s plenty of get up and go, and the car feels quite sporty to drive for what it is. It corners well and sits on the road nicely. The DSG takes a ...bit of getting used to, and can either hesitate when you first move off, or suddenly jerk a little, depending how much throttle you give it. Not a big issue but you do notice it compared to a traditional auto. With the sports pack the car feels a bit low for my liking, and the low-profile tyres give a firm ride and a bit of tyre roar (with the original fitted tyres). The cruise is the radar type, and the lever takes a bit of learning. It also has autonomous braking, which is pretty impressive for the price. Plenty of room inside and a large boot too. It has a quality feel. I would certainly recommend one to another buyer, although I would forgo the sports pack to gain a more compliant ride and a bit more clearance for dished driveways. But, for a car with this level of economy, it’s the go-to-choice for a trip for us!
I am a new owner of Skoda Octavia VRS (bought second hand) and I must say that this is one of the best car I have driven. I love every moment I drive my car. Amazed with its performance, agility and comfort. It is really an under rated car in Australia. The punchline 'Simply clever' is what I would say about this car.
Wipers dont work and skoda does not know how to fix them
My wipers jump and the dealer has tried to fix them and cant
Sloda australia told me am on my own.
The journey so far.....
Replced wiper blades
Replaced wiper arms
Changed motors from a new car
Wanted pictures of where it is parked
No answer from skoda ...Is this normal from a new car
Not happy with the vw engine
Skoda has a good body but a bad engine with multiple manufacturing defects and faults for which they don’t oun upto, be cautious of buying one and keeping it for longtime. I would not recommend skoda or vw only due to massive engine issues for longtime especially if it is a manufacturing issues which come up after the warranty period which might end up costing as much as the cars present value.
I currently have a 2008 Skoda Octavia ‘Scout’ AWD diesel wagon, bought second hand with 100,000km. This is my second Octavia and by far my favourite. I’ve had two Toyotas between and while they were fine, neither had the comfort & reliability of the Skoda.
The Scout (even the older models) has several great features, including heated front seats, cruise control, foot rests on the left and right sides of the footwell, fog lights, reverse sensors, auto windscreen wipers, huge boot with custom rubber boot liner, electric windows, dual zone clim...ate control air con etc etc. The fuel consumption is excellent - averaging 6L per 100km, even when fully loaded with four adults, gear on the boot and a load on the roof racks. On open highway driving fuel consumption regularly drops to between 5.6 and 5.9L per 100km, giving me over 1,000km per tank - and that’s for a 10 year old car. I travel around 80km daily to work and it’s a very comfortable drive in the Skoda - I have had no major issues whatsoever despite clocking up around 80,000km in the last 2 & 1/2 years. The boot is huge, very deep and with the rest sears folded flat there’s not much you can’t fit inside - Great for transporting furniture, sports equipment, plants, camping gear and hardware.
Questions & Answers
I already have a Skoda Kodiaq which I love, I’ve now found a 2009 Octavia 147TSI RS, manual, 120,000km. Great condition and full service history. Is this a good buy for a project car? Cheers
Hi,I am looking to buy 2012 Skoda Octavia 103 TDI Automatic Wagon MY13. Any advice? I am bit hesitant as per previous bad experience with turbo diesels
Just make sure regular servicing with approved fluids has been carried out. Check for things like gearbox servicing and water pump replacement to make sure it's been done. When you drive it make sure the suspension is tight and not noisy and the gearbox is smooth, no shuddering or clunking.
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