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2019 Skoda Kodiaq 132 TSI (4x4) review

I had purchased my MY19 Skoda Kodiaq about three months ago, and because it has been three months, I feel I have enough experience to talk about the car. If you are looking for 7-seater SUV, the Kodiaq must be part of your shortlist. Back when I was searching for a car, the Kia Sorento, Mitsubushi Outlander, Mazda CX-9 and Skoda Kodiaq were on my basket...

2017 Skoda Fabia 66TSI review

Our manual cars, a green 2012 Mazda 2 Neo and red 2016 Toyota 86 GTS, were written off last year due to an extreme weather event. The Kia Carnival was the sole survivor. I spent some weeks browsing the used car market with no specific replacement car in mind. It just needed to be a manual so that our kids could learn in it to get manual licence...

2016 Skoda Octavia 110 TSI Ambition review

I purchased a one year old 2016 Skoda Octavia Ambition 110TSi manual with 11,000km on the clock for a ridiculous $18,999 driveaway. It is a good car but not a great car. The good is the technology, the ride quality and the economy, while the not-so-good is the slight shudder from the clutch on take off (at lights and especially hill starts)...

2016 Skoda Rapid Spaceback 92 TSI review

I am a part-time Uber driver and my 1.9-litre TDI Octavia was approaching Uber's 10-year limit, so I was looking for a budget alternative. I figured on buying a Kia Cerato base model with auto and touchscreen as a replacement, as it was under the $20,000 tax write-off amount, and had a 7-year warranty...

2017 Skoda Fabia 81TSI Review

My 2017 Skoda Fabia is an absolute blast to drive. It has some great features, but can leave you with a feeling of wanting more. Let's start with my spec of the 2017 Fabia: it is top-spec, but without the sunroof. Key features are climate control, radar-guided adaptive cruise control, sporty flat-bottom steering wheel and 17-inch alloys...

2018 Skoda Kodiaq 132 TSI Sportline (4x4) Review

Well, it was time to update the 7-seat SUV, as our previous car had been written-off. There were many things for us to consider when buying a new car, but there was a definite list of features that we absolutely wanted in our car. Some cars we were considering were a 2016 Toyota Kluger GXL, 2016 Mazda CX-9 Grand Touring or a Nissan Pathfinder Ti...

2017 Skoda Kodiaq 132 TSI (4x4) review: The rental

Over the weekend I flew to Canberra. I decided last minute I was going to get a hire car so I walked into Hertz and said “give me a Skoda.” They had a rather bland white Kodiaq for me so of course I said, “I’ll take it!”. I figured after two days and over 300km of driving in and around Canberra on a vast array of road types I’m pretty well equipped to give my thoughts on my experience so here goes...

2017 Skoda Superb 162TSI review

After a not so fantastic ownership experience with a Mazda 3, it was with great trepidation that I again plunged into the new-car market to purchase a large car for an expanding family. Simply put, it had to seat five in comfort with plenty of space for prams and cargo. In July 2017, the list was quite short – Skoda Superb 162, Holden Commodore VF SV6 or Mondeo...

2016 Skoda Superb 162TSI review

  Skoda? Why would you buy a Skoda? I hear this so often. The brand is still relatively new in Australia, and the majority of the public still don't think it is a worthy buy when you have the likes of Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda etc with a more established reputation. Times are changing, though...

2015 Skoda Octavia 110TSI Ambition Plus review

Three years and 85,000km into the life of this car, I finally think I'm ready to owner-review it. What is it? A 2015 MY16 Skoda Octavia Ambition Plus six-speed manual with a couple of options. I should start that it took me over 12 months to research and eventually purchase this particular model. I'd like to think that this isn't uncommon for Skoda owners...

2016 Skoda Octavia 110TSI Ambition review

I purchased the Skoda Octavia in June 2016 (my first new car) after our 2003 Toyota Corolla started having issues. It was emitting intermittent white smoke. I took it to a number of mechanics that had a look at the problem, and they tried to fix it but just couldn't. I was looking at a number of similar small new sedans, and once I saw the Skoda that was it! I fell for it...