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Ford Mondeo, Skoda Octavia or Opel Insignia?

Hi there,

I commute between Gorey and Dublin 3/4 times a week and am in the process of changing my automobile. I'm tall (six-two) and appreciate leg and head room... Looking at three automobiles at the moment (diesel): Mondeo, Octavia or Insignia.


Filed under choosing new automobile - Asked by Andy Long (Gorey) - Sun, 08 Apr 2018 02:45

Neil Briscoe Answered by: - -


Hi Andy,

each of three are good automobiles (and reliable too, with the Octavia at the top of the pile in that respect, the Mondeo second and the Insignia third). The Mondeo is the best to drive, and has the most interior space, but the Octavia actually wouldn’t be far behind, and has good seats. If cabin space is your thing, the Insignia comes off worst — it’s quite small in there, unless you’re talking about the new-shape model, introduced in 2017, which is actually very roomy.

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I found, when I was getting in and out of the Octavia in the showroom, that either my knee was hitting the dash/steering wheel or my back/bum was hitting off the B-pillar. In a bid to give great access to the rear seats, it seems that Skoda has compromised the front door apertures.

I'm tall-ish, but not freakishly so being a smidge under six foot, so I'd watch out for this on the Skoda. For me, it was a deal-breaker along with the lack of decent feedback through the steering wheel.

Although I could probably have reluctantly lived with the latter, the former would have gotten old very quickly. Otherwise a sturdy, well-made automobile with good space and the 1.6-litre diesel performs well in it, but just not the one for me.

Posted by Kieran Donnelly (Cork) - Thu, 12 Apr 2018 17:27:07

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