Good: Small car based on Volkswagen Up. Ideal for town. Economical and cheap to run. Fun to drive. Lower prices than Up and SEAT Mii. First available with an automated manual.
Bad: Cheapest versions not under 100g/km CO2. Starting to get reports of quality problems, especially gearboxes.
Good: Decently built and good value, cheap to run. Greenline models are very economical with low CO2 emissions.
Bad: Dull image, smaller 1.2-litre petrol engine is lacklustre, not exciting to drive.
Good: Great performance from buzzy 1.4 TSI engine. Very precise in corners. Firm but forgiving ride. Nicely weighted steering. Impressively economical.
Bad: Not available with a manual gearbox. Interior nothing special considering it's a vRS. Too many worrying reports of high oil consumption.
Good: New Octavia gets fresh Skoda style. Saloon shape but actually a practical hatchback. Far superior interior quality than outgoing model. Very practical with a large boot.
Bad: Comfortable but not exciting to drive.
Good: Roomy. More load space than the old car. Flexible and practical.
Bad: Not a great drive. More expensive than before.
Good: Practical and refined performance version of latest Octavia, available with excellent TSI engine or more economical TDI unit, handling much improved over the standard car.
Bad: Estate version isn't the best looking.
Good: Looks like a saloon but is actually a hatch. Sits between the Fabia and Octavia. Good value for money. Very practical and spacious.
Bad: Some interior materials aren't great. No engines have emissions of below 110g/km.
Good: Spacious and practical. Comes with an efficient range of engines. Represents good value for money
Bad: Entry-level models aren't generously equipped. A little on the dull side. Cabin materials could be nicer
Good: Roomy boot and plenty of storage space, decent handling and pleasant to drive, beautifully built, good value.
Bad: Not as roomy as a Berlingo Multispace and no sliding rear side doors, centre rear seat is narrow 2+1, no spare wheel from 2009MY. Multiple electrical failures seem to be a common Roomster problem.
Good: Limousine-like amounts of rear legroom, clever dual tailgate means it's both a hatch and a saloon, handles well, GreenLine model is very economical, a lot of car for the money.
Bad: Earlier 1.9 TDI engine is noisy and lacks refinement, hatchback lacks a rear wiper. Usual hesitation from DSG autos. 'Columbus' satnav system prone to failure after about 4 years.
Good: Huge interior and load space, more legroom in the back than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, clever touches throughout, well specified as standard and great value for money.
Bad: Visibility at the rear can be a bit restricted. Usual hesitation from DSG autos. Columbus satnav prone to failure after about 4 years.
Good: Unique styling. Solid build. Excellent petrol engines including frugal yet peppy 1.2 TSI. Good space in the back. Frugal 1.6 TDI Greenline can return 60mpg+.
Bad: Original 1.8 TSI 4WD is thirsty (improved and cheaper 1.8 TSI from May 2011). Unusual looks not for everyone.