As the car is a sporting version, it is quite low to the ground, but you know that when you buy it! I really find it hard to criticise anything about this car except the timing chain issue I had (see reliability comments).
This car tows really well, but you do pay the price in mpg. Still 23-24mpg from a 200bhp car isn't that bad in my opinion, and I knew this when choosing the petrol version over the diesel engine. The engine is a dream, asking to be put into fifth gear at just over 30mph and has masses of low down torque.
A great "drivers" car with great handling, a real pleasure to drive! So much torque low down in the rev range, makes it a willing performer. However the 0-60 time of seven seconds is deceptive, as the car does not feel that quick - its a steady pull rather than a "seat of the pants" hold on and hope acceleration.
I had a timing chain issue as mine stretched a little at 60k miles and nearly blew the whole engine. Skoda contributed £350 to the £1,800 cost of repair, which is fair considering it was not serviced by Skoda. I think this issue may have been resolved in newer models, but its worth being aware of.
This car is incredibly easy to live with - in fact if it was not for the timing chain issue I had I'd say it was more a case of it being difficult to live without!
This car was bought from "The Car People" and whilst these car supermarket type affairs are in Yorkshire (we live in Suffolk) I must say the whole buying experience was painless. I have bought maybe 40 cars in my life, and buying from them was less time consuming and good value.