Is there any other car marque that has undergone such a radical change in public opinion as Skoda? Regarded as a joke for so many years, the company’s fortunes have been transformed since Volkswagen took control of the Czech outfit.
With this in mind, Diesel Car picks out its Top 5 Skodas.
Fabia VRs TDi
Skoda’s VRs models have developed a strong following, with those three letters becoming a genuine competitor to any GTi offered by almost any manufacturer. With the Fabia VRs Skoda created an almost unashamedly old-school hot hatch. With a 130bhp and almost 230ft lb of torque it’s every bit as much fun as any petrol-powered hot hatch.
It takes a brave manufacturer to label their car ‘Superb’ – thankfully it wasn’t just bravery or bravado on Skoda’s part. The Superb is, well, superb. It’s spacious, incredibly well built and impressively luxurious. Combined with some excellent engines courtesy of parent Volkswagen and the Superb well and truly lives up to that name.
The Yeti has that one quality that seems to be all too rare in many modern motors – character. The Yeti feels less like a car and more like a pet. It’s a lovable little blighter, ready for the rough and tumble of family life. It’s success has spoken for itself, at one point Yeti customers faced months waiting for their cars, with used examples fetching more than new.
The favourite of many a mini-cab driver, the Octavia has become one of Skoda’s core models and each generation seems to improve upon the forumla. The latest Octavia VRs is the fastest production Skoda yet and looks nothing short of stunning. Great looks, plenty of power and stacks of practicality. Did someone say ‘Golf GTi’?
The car that started it all – the Felicia was the first Skoda built with input from Volkswagen. It featured the venerable 1.9 TDi engine and was the first car to really shift the perception of Skoda. People realised the Felicia was a good car, it sold well and the rest as they say, is history…