Skoda Octavia: Saloon of the Year

And it has a range of engine options. There’s the frugal yet torquey 2.0-litre oil-burner. And a smaller, turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol, which seems inadequate on paper, but on the road, there’s enough punch to keep you happy. If you want more power, there’s the 1.8-litre turbo-petrol.

There are plenty of engine and gearbox permutations – with a slick six-speed manual and a six-speed DSG to give you performance coupled with convenience. In a saloon, rear seat space and comfort are as important as driving dynamics. And the Octavia scores well on that. There’s enough room to stretch your legs, and the rear seat is wide enough to hold three comfortably. And the features list has pretty much everything you’ll need.