After much research into most of the PHEV's on sale and a test drive in the Peugeot 3008 and the Citroen C5 Aircross, we chose to buy a Skoda Octavia iV Estate. So far, we are delighted. It looks fabulous with the new design including splendid wheels, an overhang over the rear window and a low front roofline, so that (for a short person) visibility is good whilst not needing the sun visor. Despite the tyres being fairly low profile (225/45 R18) Skoda has matched the suspension to them and the ride is limousine-like on N Yorkshire's bumpy roads and much better than either the Yeti or the Karoq. The transition between e-power and engine is unnoteiceable and the 6-speed auto (hopefully the robust wet-clutch version) is also smoth.There are a large number of menu options, with switches for key functions and I've found my way around the many options, which didn’t take long. Before starting, I select the most useful display (currently power flow). The digital instruments are very clear. There are display options, but I have the speedo on the right and the e-power, engine boost and regen level on the left. The speedometer is very clear: as the virtual needle sweeps clockwise tiny lit dots appear as well as the numeric speed in 20mph intervals plus a numeric digital display in the bottom of the display. Voice control is very simple, accepting plain speech commands, so it will plan a journey using town, street, number as well as adjusting the aircon on either side and many other choices too. The regenerative braking is excellent: it has two levels of regeneration plus automatic but I have maximum regen, so that going downhill I hardly need to use the footbrake and light touches on the accelerator keep speeds within the appropriate limits in town. At junctions the brakes are hardly needed. The lane control works well - as a test I moved over the central white line, the steering vibrated and gently put me back in the centre of my lane. The smart cruise control is effective, although probably more useful on dual carriageways or motorways. I’ve done a couple of trips using battery only: the latest one was 16 miles on battery alone with an average of 21mph at a cost of £1.30. The display also claimed 300mpg, but this may just be the highest figure it can calculate as we used no fuel. On a longer journey using hybrid power, we covered 76 miles at an average of 26mph and 91mpg, with 2% of battery charge left, whilst on the day I collected it I drove 29 miles on hybrid at an average of 104mpg. It is possible to set a minimum charge level, eg 40%, so that the car can be driven emissions-free in town. I had difficulty in getting the MySkoda app to work after the sales manager's failed attempt on the day of collection, so I uninstalled & reinstalled the app and then it worked. It connects the Android ‘phone via Bluetooth as the car has a built-in Sim card It's useful in that I can monitor the car from the house and switch on the aircon manually or automatically, check the petrol and electrical consumption, set the charging times plus a few more eg to check the outside temperature. It's much more useful than Skoda Connect in the Karoq, which I used once. I’ll be able to use off-peak electricity for charging at 5p per kWhr, which would would give around 30 miles of motoring for 65p. The boot is bigger than previous cars and Rosie is able to get in and out easily, with lots of room to get comfy. There are two large storage spaces on either side of the boot, as well as space behind the rear seats and the rear of the boot protector. I’m going to run-in the car for the first 1000 miles, but with a combined horsepower of 202 the acceleration is awesome and even in e-mode, with the torque available from an electric motor, from zero mph upwards it rockets away, ideal around town. My only slight concern is that the car has complex menus and sub-menus to navigate through, so older less techy folk (like me) might have difficulty getting to know the options immediately after a quick run-through at the dealers. Skoda should also make the installation of MySkoda more intuitive. It is very easy to find the basics and drive the car away but it does need time to get the maximum benefits from all the built-in features. One final thing: the car is a foot longer than the Karoq, so to get it clear of the garage door I have put an old duvet in a bin bag on the wall to act as a buffer, with one of Rosie's squeaky toys on front. When I hear the first squeak, I open my door to chech the clearance on my side, then on the second squeak it's in place.