I actually have one of these (with DSG) and the 1.0L engine is more than adequate (115ps, 200nm) for general driving i,e. mixed commute, the odd long-distance trip with 4x passengers/baggage. If you're after "spirited driving" or being "that guy" in the outside lane of the motorway, this isn't really the engine/spec for you but it's not supposed to be, that's what the vRS exists for - this (with DSG) is all about the smooth, relaxed drive, if that's your style. I test drove first on the recommendation of the dealer (I was after a 1.5 TSI, initially) and was pleasantly surprised, it really didn't hamper the larger car at all and vibration and noise is very well-controlled, you'd be hard-pushed to know it was a 3-cylinder under normal driving. It's a good spec for leasing in terms of ownership costs (low monthly, good economy, long service intervals etc), has a nice selection of toys (active cruise, half-decent satnav/entertainment, auto lights/wipers, dual air-con etc) and plenty of space. Niggles so far are the seats take a while to soften up and become comfy (although they're fine now a few months on), suspension can be a little firm sometimes and 12v/USB sockets are always-on (not tied to ignition)! I previously had an older Mondeo Zetec (130ps) diesel and the Octavia is a better all-round car in pretty much all respects.
Ah, I was wondering about GAP insurance. Never seems to get mentioned but figure it would be required in case insurance valuation and lease company valuation didn’t agree.
Your friend is stupid sorry to say but that's the facts. If you don't research what you're buying in to you'll get done over. There are many stupid people sadly, don't be one of them. If you take out a lease make sure you get GAP insurance as well as your normal car insurance!
It costs £4,600 to hire this car for 2 years, you pay an initial payment of £2,400 and the £2,200 that is left is spread over the remaining 23 months. When the 23 months are up the car goes back and you are left with nothing. You then find another car to hire that costs £4,600 and start over again, pay another initial payment of £2,400 and the £2,200 that is left is spread over the remaining 23 months.
But if I take lease deal directly from Skoda, initial upront payment will not be paid again with new deal? Thanks