Skoda is the value brand of the Volkswagen Group and sells cars which range from the excellent Skoda Fabia supermini to the larger Skoda Superb, which lives up to its name by offering space and equipment for cheap.
The Skoda Citigo is available in both three and five-door formats. Offering low fuel consumption, great build quality, a spacious cabin and an attractive price tag, the Skoda Citigo measures just 3.5 metres long and is based on the Volkswagen up!.
The five-door Skoda Fabia feels like it’ll outlive its owners, such is the feeling of solidity and quality. The interior is a bit utilitarian as a result and the styling is unfussy and plain rather than striking or dramatic, but if you want an honest, solid supermini then the Skoda Fabia is difficult to beat. It's fun too, particularly in vRS guise, or useful as an estate.
The Skoda Roomster is Skoda's most unconventional looking car. It fuses the front end of the Fabia supermini with the rear of a mini people carrier to create a practical family car. There's plenty of space for passengers, plus a large boot for luggage. This can be expanded by sliding the rear seats forward, or removing them altogether, giving a huge load space. The Roomster isn't the best car to drive, but it's cheap to buy and run, and you can’t argue with the solid build quality inside and out.
The Skoda Rapid is a compact hatchback designed to take on the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, bringing space and practicality to the fore rather than luxury and refinement. It has the biggest boot in its class and certainly is the cheapest to buy.
The Skoda Octavia is a rival for the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and the car upon which it's based, the Volkswagen Golf. It's larger and cheaper than its rivals, and buyers have the choice of hatchback, Estate or four-wheel drive Scout, which has beefed-up bodywork and offers limited-off road ability. All models feature generously-sized and well built interiors, and huge boots. Entry-level cars are a little short on standard equipment, but there is a huge choice of petrol and diesel engines and trim levels. Build quality is first rate, while a reputation for reliability means strong resale values.
People-carrier features like removable and sliding rear seats and the upright driving position and boot space of a 4x4 combine in the Skoda Yeti to create a useful family car. It competes against other crossover models like the Nissan Qashqai, but the Yeti delivers a more entertaining drive. It looks great too, while a tough, high-quality interior and comprehensive equipment levels across the range, allied to good pricing, make the Skoda Yeti a fantastic purchase for active families.
The Skoda Superb's looks aren't to everyone's tastes, but Skoda's innovative tailgate, which can open as a saloon boot for smaller items or a full-size hatchback for extra practicality, is genuinely useful. If that's not enough, there's a cavernous Estate model too. The interior is spacious, and offers executive car comfort, which is a surprise given how competitive the Superb's prices are. There's a good choice of petrol and diesel engines, and the Skoda Superb is actually quite good to drive despite its size. Prices are competitive against rivals like the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat.