Skoda Octavia Gets A New Face

Costa Rica is a tiny country in Central America. There are roughly five million people who live in Costa Rica. What’s the relevance? Well, if Skoda had sold only Octavias in Costa Rica, by now, every single person in that country would have been driving one. I’m just trying to make a point – the … [Read more…]

Skoda Has Built Its Most Powerful Octavia Yet

If you’re fond of an underdog, it’s rather hard not to hold a candle for Skoda’s vRS brand. By rights, and in the grand scheme of the Volkswagen Group’s thinking, it ought not really to exist at all. Seat is supposed to deal with the low-priced sporty stuff, while Volkswagen peddles the more prestigious GTI … [Read more…]

2017 Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI SE L

2017 Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI SE L-2

Czech brand’s hatch bids to maintain its flag-bearing status with a light refresh Skoda likes to bill the Octavia – its biggest-selling model in the UK and a range mainstay for the past two decades – as its backbone. Having received wholesale surgery in 2013, this time round the model receives a more modest chiropractic … [Read more…]

Skoda Kodiaq 2017


£ 25.445 The new Skoda Kodiaq was classified by many magazines the best car for big families. We tried the heartland Kodiaq, the middling power 148bhp diesel manual 4×4 version, complete with a healthy dollop of tech and toys, and concluded it’s a stress-relieving utilitarian winner. And no, I’m not about to rip up that … [Read more…]

Skoda Kodiaq 2.0 TDI 150


Seven-seat family SUV arrives with the mission of spearheading Skoda’s growth The Kodiaq represents two landmarks for Skoda: it’s the company’s first proper SUV and its first seven-seat passenger car. Perhaps more importantly, it’s also something of an acid test of the brand’s strength and could well be a bellwether for the company’s long-term strategy … [Read more…]

Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI 190 4×4 DSG SportLine


A new version of the Skoda Superb has arrived in the UK, and it’s hard not to notice. SportLine trim adds extra kit, and means the usually restrained Superb becomes a sporty-looking family car. Although SportLine spec is available on most engines in the range (only the 1.6 TDI diesel and lower-powered 1.4 TSI petrol … [Read more…]

Skoda Superb Estate: Price/Quality Ratio – Flawless


I photographed some big executive estates for a comparison: a Mercedes, an Audi and a Volvo. Now, I’m not about to suggest that they’re an extravagance, because they’re all lovely inside and everything, but you know what? At nearly twice the price of the Skoda Superb SE L Executive I’ve been running, they should be. … [Read more…]