Q: How do you double the value of a Skoda?

A: fill it with gas

Q: What do you call a Skoda driver with a speeding ticket?

A: A liar

Q: What do you call a Skoda at the top of a hill?

A: A miracle

Q: What do you call TWO Skodas at the top of a hill?

A: A Mirage

Q: What’s the difference between a Skoda and a baby?

A: you can separate a baby from its rattle

Q: Why did the Skoda cross the road?

A: the steering failed

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?

A: to help push the Skoda

Q: What’s the difference between a Jehovah’s Witness and a Skoda?

A: you can close the door on a JW

Q: Do you have a door mirror for a Skoda?

A: sounds like a fair trade

....and the list goes on. If you’d told me 30 years ago that I’d not only buy a Skoda, but pay serious money to do it, that would have been the best Skoda joke I ever heard. But, well, here we are. In about 3 weeks I take delivery of a demo-miles 2017 Octavia vRS.

Turns out that if you want a compact fast hatchback with lots of luggage space, hate crossovers, and your wife won’t be seen dead in a wagon... your options are pretty limited. I really liked my Mk5 GTI and this is basically a Mk7 GTI with a liftback and an extra foot of trunk.

Also turns out that Skodas come with a lot more fruit at a lot less money than other VAG products, and by reputation are the best built of all of them (and whodda thunk that would ever be plausible?)

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(Generic image - mine doesn’t have the ugly 19” wheels)