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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...

2018 Skoda Octavia 110TSI review

The 2018 Skoda Octavia really took me by surprise. There was a voice in my head telling me it ‘wont be as nice’ as a Volkswagen Golf, but having driven the car in and around the city, as well as on a couple of longer road trips, I am happy to say it's comfortable, stylish and super functional. Inside, the Octavia impressed...

2015 Skoda Octavia 103TSI Ambition review

I have been meaning to write this for over a year, and I know you have all been hanging out for this review. Unfortunately, it’s more of an obituary than a review of an ongoing ownership. When I read that Skoda would be returning to Australia in the last quarter of 2007, I had already seen its range of vehicles in British magazines and had read a few articles on the 1Z Octavia...

2018 Skoda Kodiaq 140TDI (4x4) review

Competition When my partner and I decided we needed something new, we wanted something decent in size. Being just over 6ft tall, I was getting tired of our little Yaris, and prior to that my BMW 125i. After much deliberation and several test drives, our shortlist was the Mazda CX-9, VW Tiguan and the Kodiaq...

2012 Skoda Superb 118TSI Elegance review

After owning a Skoda Octavia RS and five years of faultless ownership, it was natural to consider another Skoda product. Owner reviews of the Skoda Superb tended to be glowing and I liked the used price point. I was checking out a Ford 2016 FG XR6 and spotted the spotless used Superb wagon on the lot...

2018 Skoda Octavia RS245 review

I've been driving performance Golfs for a long time – from early VR6-powered stuff to later GTI models with the ever-tuneable EA888 2.0T. Having a young family, it was time to move into something bigger and more practical. Being a VW person, the Mk7.5 Golf R wagon was high on that list, however I was disappointed that the rear seats didn’t offer much space and it is pretty much a Golf with a bigger boot space...