Added: 13th of October 2016
I bought my Approved Used Octavia about 2 months ago so it's early days, however I have not been disappointed so far. I was looking a car with a larger boot than my previous car (Ford Focus) and an automatic as I spend a lot of time in traffic on the M25! The Octavia fits that small brief perfectly, the boot is huge. I was initially thinking of the Estate but the Hatchback was more than enough for me. The fit an finish of the Skoda is excellent especially in the higher spec Elegance model. It's clear to see the influence of VW as many parts seem to be lifted straight from either the Golf or Passat. However Skoda have added in lot's of really simple storage solutions throughout the car which really add benefit to the day to day experience. The DSG box works really well plus you have different driving modes to choose from, all work well however I tend to stick to ECO mode to save fuel. It's a very comfortable drive especially on the motorway, if you're looking for something to hustle along A-roads then this is probably not the car for you but in real world every day driving it is excellent. 60+ MPG is easily achievable without driving like at a snails pace (I suspect the manual version is even better on fuel economy). I had an issue with a faulty water pump two weeks into ownership which was disappointing however Skoda fixed under warranty. It appears to be a known fault so something to watch out for. Skoda service has been excellent so far, the service intervals are 2 years or 20000 miles and Skoda servicing costs look reasonable. The only thing holding this car back is the badge on the bonnet, if you need a so called "Premium" badge then you probably aren't reading this. If you have an open mind and an eye for a bargain then the Octavia is well worth a serious look.