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Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0 TDI 184 5dr: Test Drive Review

Date: 21 May 2014

The latest Skoda Octavia vRS is powered, in fleet favourite diesel form, by a 184hp 2.0-litre engine, comes with a sporty body kit leaving it unmistakable compared with the arest of the range, and still only emits CO2 of 119g/km. 

The Octavia vRS diesel hatch is £270 more expensive than its 220hp petrol sibling, but is 23g/km more efficient to make it the no-brainer for business car operators. 

It's also a good-looking, powerful yet efficient and very practical car with a huge boot - the hatchback is 590 litres, bigger than most cars from the class above. 

The only downside is that the vRS isn't the performance bargain it used to be. Stablemate Seat's Leon FR, fitted with the same 184hp TDI powerplant, is just over £1000 cheaper, 10g/km more efficient, and gets a slightly better residual value to leave it 3.8p per mile better off.

However, Ford's Focus Zetec S, while not as practical, powerful or efficient, beats the vRS by 2.8p.

Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0 TDI 184 5dr
P11D price £23,525
Model price range £15,990-£25,450
Fuel consumption 61.47mpg
CO2 (tax) 119g/km (18%)
BIK 20/40% per month £71/£141
Service interval 10,000miles
Insurance (1-50) group 26
Warranty 3yrs/60,000mls
Boot space min/max 590/1580 litres
Engine size/power 1984cc/184hp
Top speed/0-62mph 8.1mph/144secs
On sale Autumn 2013


Very appealing and excellent performance for the efficiency