Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - davidh
Hi All,

Had a ride in a new shape golf 2.0 tdi with leather and all the trimmings - a beautiful car! Seemed really well made. Got me thinking though, If I bought the equivalent Skoda for significantly less, where would the cost reduction have been made in terms of engineering/body/paint/interior trim?

Cheers,

D.
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Adam {P}
Nowhere. Skodas are priced normally! The VW's carry the premium price tag!
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Stuartli
You are just paying less for the Skoda equivalent, which is also often better specified.

The only drawback I've found (in the previous Octavia models) is that the plastics used are not quite as good as the "soft touch" VW version - but it's a minor quibble and I could live with it...:-)

What's more the Octavia, for instance, has been in the top three of virtually every survey of owners' cars in the last few years for both satisfaction and reliability.

That's why most of the very large fleet of taxis in my town are Skoda Octavias - the taxi drivers love them. Most obtain them new from a source in Glasgow and use the 200-mile trip back to help run them in.
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Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Stuartli
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Skoda dealerships are usually rated highly by owners, in contrast to many of the VW outlets.
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Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - v0n
Skodas don't actually cost significantly less - your typical 1.9 mid range Ambiente Octavia will cost £13.5k while Golf in SE trim with same engine will be £13900. Sometimes it works the other way round - DSG equipped auto version of Golf can be found circa 15k, while slightly less specced DSG version of Octavia is likely to attract minicab targetting pricetag of £18k (!). I think people presume Skodas are cheaper because they compare Fabia prices to Golf and Octavias to Passat, while the proper platform comparison is Fabia=Polo, Octavia=Golf,Superb=Passat.
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Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - ukbeefy
I would argue the corners are cut in the generous wage/pensions and benefit packages paid to VW employees in Germany vs the more moderate paypackets/wages paid in the Czech republic. Although not all VWs these days are made in Germany.
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Altea Ego
Judging ny my VW, I should say tis VW that has the corners cut, not Skoda.
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Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Mutton Geoff
That's why most of the very large fleet of taxis in my town are Skoda Octavias

Not quite, the main reason they are popular with mini cab companies is because they come with a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty.

Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Stuartli
>>Not quite, the main reason they are popular with mini cab companies is because they come with a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty.>>

I've spoken to a lot of these taxi drivers - in fact some are members of my club - and they like them for the reasons that I outlined.

They also have to take into consideration the fact that there are no Skoda dealers in my town...:-)
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Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Mutton Geoff
Stuartl, fair enough. Did they mention the warranty aspect too? My local cabbies love them for that reason alone.

Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - cheddar
Reckon they are similar is standard however Skoda's reputation is currently better because people have greater expectations of the VW brand than they do Skoda.

Simply put if TVM's Touran was a Skoda he may well be less scathing.
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Altea Ego
Very true Edam my little friend, Mind if it was as well put together as a Renault I would be happier.
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Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Adam {P}
I told you you should never have bought the blasted thing.
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - commerdriver
If he'd bought it he could cut his losses and sell it.
It's a company car on what's left of a 4 year lease and I haven't heard of anyone being able to return a car early in this organisation for several years
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Adam {P}
Bought/leased - you know what I mean!
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - daveyjp
Probably not corners cut, but spec may be trimmed. A colleague has just taken delivery of a Seat Toledo 2.0TDI. On opening the bonnet the first thing I noticed, when compared to my Audi with the same engine, was the engine has no plastic cover and the battery is in a cardboard box rather than a plastic one. Two small omissions which will save a few quid per car.
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Stuartli
>>the battery is in a cardboard box>>

That somewhat surprises me...:-)

Does it have Spanish oranges or similar stamped on the sides?
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Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Gromit {P}
The cost reduction is in running a factory in the Czech Republic rather than Germany - and in spending the money on quality control rather than "if only everything were as reliable..." adverts ;-)

I suspect the biggest saving is that there are fewer trim variations and optional extras in the Skoda range, so there's less down-time on the line as they swap from version to version. The factory that assembles Octavias was newly built for the purpose so the technology used should be more efficient.

Incidentally, rumour had it (but I can't confirm) that VW's intention was to build Golf shells in the Skoda factory too, ship them to Germany and do just enough final assembly on them to meet the legal requirement for branding the finished cars "made in Germany".
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - mr.freezer
Between Golf and Octavia there is around a grand difference (even my Ambiente estate is cheaper than a hatch SE )

Having driven both with the 1.9 diesel there are differences but to me the dash of the Skoda is more attractive with only the electric window drivers side switches looking a bit low rent.

From all accounts things like the brakes are cheaper but the kit you get would cost you another grand for the equivalent Focus or Astra and around 2 grand for the VW
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Stuartli
>>My local cabbies love them for that reason alone.>>

I can't recall it ever being mentioned over a period of several years now, only the fact that the vast majority obtain them new in Glasgow.

But you can bet that any car that will stand up to the demands of taxi work is a firm favourite with the drivers and the Octavia, in various flavours, has been the current choice now for quite some time.

There are also one or two Superbs being used, but I've not been in one of these so far as it's a different taxi company to the one I use.

Incidentally I tried to talk my best mate out of replacing his Mondeo yet again and to have a look at the Octavia, but without any luck.

However, when we went to the dealership in Liverpool where he was buying a year old Mondeo, I persuaded him to look at the interior of a very smart dark green car alongside us in the showroom. He was most impressed and was somewhat taken aback when I pointed out it was the new Octavia.

But his mind was already made up...:-(
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Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - cjehuk
It may or may not make a difference, but even comparing VW and Audi there are differences in the cars. We have an 04 plate A3 and a 54 plate Touran, the Touran has paitned metal showing (internally) on the doors, while the A3 has everything clad. The general fit and finish on the A3 seems better to me and I haven't found any odd rattles behind the dash (the Touran has one N/S/F).
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - BobbyG
My neighbour taxi driver has an 06 plate Octavia, one of "loads" that his firm have leased, but they are the old shape Octavias!
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Stuartli
>>the old shape Octavias!>>

Probably leased at a rock bottom price - most passengers wouldn't notice (unless they were BR forum members!)
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Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Stuartli
Incidentally it would be interesting to discover just why taxi drivers cottoned on to the Octavia originally and how quickly the message spread.
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Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Bagpuss
There was something of a scandal in the german motoring press about 8 years ago when a motor magazine (Auto Motor & Sport if memory serves correctly) performed brake tests and discovered that the Skoda Octavia was fitted with lower quality braking components than the Golf MkIV equivalent. Don't know if this changed.
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - IanW1977
Our local VW Garage is a big Plush new split level glass fronted building where as the nearest Skoda Garage is an old 2nd hand car dealership with a showroom big enough for 2 cars.
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Welliesorter
Our local VW Garage is a big Plush new split level
glass fronted building where as the nearest Skoda Garage is an
old 2nd hand car dealership with a showroom big enough for
2 cars.


Sadly, these old-style Skoda dealers are an endangered species.

You'll find one of two things happening in the near future: the Skoda dealer will be forced to move to a VW-style glass and chrome building (bumping up servicing prices to cover the cost) or will give up its franchise and change to a make that's less fussy about dealers' premises.
Skoda Vs VW where are corners cut? - Stuartli
Many years ago the Skoda dealership in Preston (Ribbleton Lane?) used to be similar but did, IIRC, a pretty good trade in Estelles etc.
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