I was in to the dealers who supplied my Superb today (Silbury at Cramlington) to get my car serviced (only it's second visit at 37k miles). I mentioned that the lease is up on the Superb at the end of the year and that I liked the look of the new Octavia. Justin was good enough to hand me the keys to a their demo Octavia 150CR Elegance with DSG and was happy for me to take it out with my wife to try it for myself.
First off, I was really impressed by the extra space in the car. Slightly less legroom in the back compared to the Superb (what hasn't!) but still loads of room. I was thinking about the estate until I saw the size of the boot space in the hatch. Very impressed by the way it drove. The Superb I have (170 CR Elegance) is hardly a noisy car but this new Octavia is quieter still. Pick up from the new 150 TD seems similar to my 170, it probably is as my Superb is AWD and therefore heavier. Good ride and decent handling on the std suspension. I doubt I'd go for the DSG that this car had as I just prefer manuals but everything else about the car really impressed. The suggestion about the Octavia likely being capable of 10 miles more out of every gallon compared to my Superb (av over 37k miles approx 42 mpg) is a big incentive too. The std spec is generous (compared to the Golf I was considering) and with the price factored in, it looks like I'll be staying with Skoda.