Driving a used Skoda Octavia is arguably less fashionable than wearing flared trousers
Driving a used Skoda Octavia is arguably less fashionable than wearing flared trousers, but this unassuming family car is an excellent purchase. This is primarily because Volkswagen own Skoda so the Octavia benefits from the robust construction associated with its parent company.The second generation Octavia was introduced in 2004. There is a wide choice of engines available including three diesels, but the most thrilling variant is the turbocharged 197bhp 2.0-litre vRS. This wolf in sheep's clothing reaches 60mph in 7.1 seconds, hits a license loosing 149mph, and returns a respectable combined average of 36mpg. The Octavia vRS appeals further when we consider its other virtues. The standard model's already impressive credentials are improved with larger alloys, upgraded suspension, and more powerful brakes. This results in excellent handling that feels confident and composed in a wide variety of driving conditions. So, what does this unfashionable workhorse cost? A used Octavia diesel from 2006 is worth approximately £7,500 - whereas the range-topping vRS costs in the region of £10,500.