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The Top Gear car review:Skoda Octavia
For:It’s a solid all-rounder, this Octavia. Maybe not Golf good, but close
Against:Is Skoda losing its identity? 1.2 petrol has its work cut out
What is it?
Handsome tyke, isn’t it? We once opined that the Skoda Octavia was one of the best cars on sale in the world, and in all honesty, not much has changed with this new version.
It’s the third generation of the Golf-based hatch, and it now sits on Volkswagen’s fancy new MQB platform; the same platform that will underpin some 10 million VW Group models in the future. This, of course, means there’s more than a whiff of Golf lingering about the place, which is a good – and bad – thing. Why bad? Because we fear Skoda could be in danger of losing what little identity it kept. Being a ‘budget Golf’ is all well and good, but shouldn’t a car be more?
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