When I was looking for a replacement for the Skoda none had better gearboxes without going for premium brands. I also liked the colour too, race blue!
I really wanted to like the Octavia but fell out love with it quickly with the squeaky seat that would be noisy if in my desired and comfortable position but instead had to raise it so it didn't squeak. Then it was the cheap and flimsy interior that started to creak and rattle. The condensation is like nothing I've experienced since a door seal failed in another car but this one didn't have such a problem just poor design and an asthmatic heater. The electrics with first the rear wiper stopping working to be replaced with a new motor that wouldn't work either then started working only after pulling and reinserting the same fuse for the umpteenth time. Then it was windows opening themselves and swtiches working when they wanted even after replacement. Good riddance.
The dealers although I've tarred them all unfairly with the same brush but DM Keith own all the Skoda dealerships in the area and could honestly call them the worst ever.
I'll be interested to see what you are offered on your car for part ex. You might want to try a few of the free valuation offered online by dealers to see what it is now worth.