A few weeks ago I was given the wonderful opportunity to work with SKODA, who sent me a beautiful Octavia Estate for half term week.
SKODA have come a long, long way in recent years and their cars are very popular now throughout the UK car market.
This is the car we were sent:
I must admit, I was nervous about driving it at first. It’s huge and it had a manual gearbox – unlike my car which was automatic. After a few minutes of button-pressing and dial-turning though, I settled myself into the heated cream leather seat and set off for a little test drive.
The children were pretty pleased with the room they had in the back of the car – for two children in car seats there is plenty of room. I will say that this car is designed for a family of four rather than five as the middle seat in the back is quite small. Three car seats would be virtually impossible.
We set off to nowhere in particular and tested out our new ride. The gear changes were smooth, the drive was so comfortable, the acceleration was gentle but quick. I really couldn’t fault the Octavia.
I did stall the car several times at traffic lights, testing out the auto start/stop function. That’s something that I didn’t get on with very well but I’m convinced that’s because I was getting into this fancy pants new car from a 7 year old automatic. With a bit of practice I’m sure it would’ve been fine!
The biggest draw to a car for me is how much space there is for me to utilise. The boot of this car was perfect.
Unfortunately, the dog was as excited as me about the size of the boot and jumped straight in with her dirty paws before I could capture the pristine view! I guess really that the dirt doesn’t matter – look at the size of it!
Inside the car was very clever – the build-in sat nav got me to my friend’s house without any wrong turns and we also went to digger land without having to stare at a tiny phone screen for directions. It was a welcome change.
Also, the kids got to choose their own music because I was in a good mood 😉
The dual temperature controls were great on a long journey because I’m always freezing and Ted is always too warm, so it was perfect that we could choose our own temperature. SKODA also sent us a hot/cold cupboard that runs off the car’s power. It was too big to have it comfortably in between the boys but was perfect in the boot. We took a packed lunch to Diggerland with us and our food was perfectly chilled at lunch.
The rest of the interior was pretty snazzy, too!
I would, of course, recommend this car to absolutely everyone I know (and anyone I don’t know!) but I think the biggest recommendation is via action rather than words. With this in mind, my husband and I actually went and part exchanged our car for a 2007 Skoda Octavia Estate the very next day! For smaller families, or those without a mental dog, there’s also the ŠKODA Yeti, which I believe to be just as appealing!
Thanks SKODA, for letting us borrow your car – we loved it!