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A few days ago i went with a friend to test drive the new Skoda models.
We tried the Kodiaq, which is a jewel of a car. It just feels premium from every aspect… Except the transmission, which is quite, uh, “jumpy” at times. It lags/chokes a little when shifting. (It was the DSG model. Tested in both auto and semiauto modes.)
Next up was the Superb. Same old, same old. Both of them were DSG and AWD.
Following the Superb came the Karoq. Now is where the fun… Ahem… Begins. (Spoiler alert: It’s not fun.)
This poor little 1.2 tons FWD SUV had a 1.0L TSI engine and manual transmission.
You had to wrench the shifter around to actually shift, like, the shifter felt like it had a wall in front of it, through which it had to break in order to shift into the next gear.
Besides that, the engine was already forced to it’s limits, since i’ve checked a lot of chiptuning sites and all of them were able to only push 15 more HP out of the engine, and some of them downright refused to tune the Karoq.
And now, the créme du la créme, the Octavia.
Maestro, musica, and let’s get this party started.
First of all, i’mma rip on every single thing i don’t like about it… Which is everything. It left me with a very bitter taste, knowing what the Octavia once was.
Same 1.0L TSI, same jerky transmission, but this time, oh boy, DEPENDENT LINK REAR SUSPENSION.
I had my friend stop the car, because if he went one more meter, i would have thrown up in the car.
Ignoring the lazy engine forced to it’s limits and which would most likely break within an year. Ignoring the extremelly cheap interior. Ignoring everything.
The supension topped it all off.
I have a bit of a motion sickness and that really triggered it.
Oh yeah, and 10.5L/100km gas consumption. Which is huge for a 3-cyl 1.0L turbo engine. Which is just shy of the 12-13% of a Golf 4 2.3L V5.
The Kodiaq on the other hand.
I would buy one tomorrow if i had the money.
It really feels more expensive that it actually is.
Or the Superb. Which is actually quite superb inside and outside.