Skoda Octavia vRS: Audio system

CDs forced go in the boot

There are only a handful of new cars on sale that don't come with a CD stereo as standard. That's hardly a surprise of course - and many manufacturers have now gone one step further by fitting auxiliary inputs - allowing you to play an iPod or MP3 player through the stereo using a 3.5mm jack (the same as a headphone connection).

In fact it's not uncommon to see specific iPod/MP3 connectors in some models that allow you to control your player through the stereo and also charge it - important on long journeys. Our Octavia isn't this sophisticated but it does have an auxiliary port fitted - part of the optional £475 dual-zone air conditioning which includes a jumbo box.

Old school...

When it comes to music formats, I'm decidedly old fashioned. We're not talking LPs - but in an age of iPods I'm very happy with my collection of CDs. And this has led me to discover a bit of an issue with the Skoda's stereo.

The problem is that the sat nav system uses a CD - which needs to run from the single slot on the dash. The result is that you can't listen to a CD and have navigation at the same time.

Of course there is a CD changer in the boot - which does solve this problem. But only up to a point. Because if you're on the move (or have a boot full of luggage) it's not very convenient to access. Having a CD changer in the glovebox or built into the central storage unit would be far easier.

Current mileage: 9157