Fifth Gear tested the Golf 7 only a few months before this Skoda and could find very little to separate the two. Of course, if you want to be all German about it, the Volkswagen saved its best technologies for a really long time, such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Dynamic Chassis Control. However, Octavia's trunk is an almost unbeatable advantage.
So why do I say it's successful? Well, in 2016, Skoda sold almost 1,330,000 cars worldwide, of which about 446,000 were Octavias. To put things into perspective, the Rapid came second with about 213,000 units, which is less than half.
The Kodiaq just hit the market and could become more successful in the short term. But because the Octavia can offer plenty of equipment for around €20,000, it's unbeatable in the long run.
Price is something Fifth Gear also brings up. The trio of presenters (Vicki is missing) admitting they would rather have the Octavia and a £2,000 wad of cash in their pockets than the more expensive Golf.
One reason for the added cost is the independent rear suspension, which the Octavia only offers on the RS/vRS and the 1.8 TSI models. But in this gray paint with a dark interior, it's the styling we'd criticize first and foremost. What do you guys think, didn't the Octavia II age a little better than the current generation?