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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
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Skoda Octavia Hatchback (98-05) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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PROS

Quality, space, ride, reliability, value.

CONS

Traditional Skoda image, wind noise.

PROS

Quality, space, ride, reliability, value.

CONS

Traditional Skoda image, wind noise.

Verdict

The Octavia shares components and engineering expertise with the Audi A3/A4, SEAT Toledo and VW Golf/Bora - which should put pay to any stale old jokes about the Skoda marque. The Czech car maker has hurtled up-market with these keenly-priced and well built medium hatchbacks and estates, which are essentially Volkswagens in all but name. These are family holdalls not status symbols.

In the image department, Octavia is a big step up for traditional Skoda buyers - but are the badge and the clever advertising enough to confer kudos in the car park?

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