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The right car for a Croatian youngster

The limit is 80 kW

16/03/2014 08:26 |  Comments: 
Young drivers in Croatia are not allowed to drive cars with more than 80 kW. But will a TDi Octavia suit a youngster's needs?

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first of all, excuse me for my English. 

It is time for a "new" car. I need something economical, a diesel with an urban consumption of 6l, roomy (like my current BMW e36) but not a touring/caravan! Also, as I am young driver, I am limited by the law to a max. of 80kW. 

What do you think about the Škoda Octavia I (1.9TDI 81kW - that 1kW over would not be a problem) and what do you prefer?

My budget is €4,500-5,000.

Greetings from Croatia!


Dear Dominik,

80kW allows for BMW’s 318tds engine, which is not bad, but no great shakes, either.

The 1.9 TDI of the VW group is much better. That’s what runs the Audi A3, A4, the Golf IV, and the Octavia you brought up. Technically they are almost all the same, very reliable constructions. This engine has a weaker, 66kW version, too, which is even better, more simple, thus less problematic.


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