I love Skodas! My first was a beige 110L registered in 1970. I bought it for £300 in 1974 & sold it in 1976 for £295. It was the ideal student car, police wouldn't give it a second look so you could get away when other cars got noticed. It was very reliable, but rusted terribly. "Interesting" handling if you were stupid though.
Nowadays I still drive a Skoda - diesel felicia estate. We bought it new over 10 years ago. Mechanically it's a VW & could easily do another 200,000 miles, but the body is rusting & that will probably kill it in another 2 years.
In between I haven't had Skodas, but the "other" I liked best was a Renault Trafic motorcaravan. Slept 4, 8 seats, carried 10 + dog comfortably. Front wheel drive & handled like a go-kart. You soon get used to chucking something that size around & people in smaller cars tend to give you a wide berth. Height is a mega advantage - in the countryside you can see the view which is hidden to most car drivers & in towns as you could see over traffic & work out which lane was moving best. Cars might come screaming past 10 miles before a town & it would be another 10 miles after the town before they'd catch up again.
As for cavs, they're OK, but not different enough from everybody else's cars for me. Each to his own taste I guess!