This is the third generation of Skoda’s ever-popular small hatchback, and it’s been tasked with winning sales from a talented and crowded sector that includes the likes of the Volkswagen Polo, Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Fiesta. To do that it needs to be better than just ok, otherwise it’ll be
There are few car brands that still hold the power to surprise. Beyond the occasional concept car that looks like it’s been designed for interplanetary travel (yes, I mean you, Lamborghini Egoista) most manufacturers bring out evolutions of existing models, with small iterative improvements, tiny changes here and there. Some
Small is beautiful, so the saying goes. There’s the iPhone, Monaco and Keira Knightley for example, although they’re all quite expensive. I want something that’s small but also good value, avoiding the trap of increasing prices with miniaturisation that’s caught out Smart with the ForTwo and, more recently, Renault’s Twizy.
The most economical cars on the road, at least according to official economy figures, are almost invariably diesel powered superminis. However, petrol engines are getting ever more efficient, cost less to fuel and quieter, and they’re generally less bad for the environment in an urban setting than diesels. So what