10 things we learned about the Skoda Octavia vRS this week
05 August 2016
Author: Alisdair Suttie
|Key rival:|| Ford Focus ST Estate|
|Model tested:|| vRS Estate|
|Price as tested:|| £28,010|
In becoming a more mature fast estate, has the Skoda Octavia vRS grown too expensive, wonders Al Suttie
1 - Grey hasn't looked so sexy since Edwina Curry clapped eyes on John Major. This Skoda is a good looker in its optional Meteor Grey paint.
2 - The 19-inch Xtreme wheels also set off this swift estate to a tee, yet it's just subtle enough for the school run.
3 - Our test car has the 230hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol motor. 44.8mpg and 143g/km trail the diesel but better the Ford Focus ST Estate's numbers.
4 - However, that same Ford is fractionally quicker from 0-62mph, taking 6.7 seconds to the Octavia's 6.8.
5 - Not that you'd notice this on the road as the vRS gets its power down much more cleanly than its arch rival.
6 - There's a smooth-edged, polished way to how the Skoda performs that sets it above the rawer, slightly uncouth Ford.
7 - That's not to say the vRS ain't fun. Give the throttle a hard prod and it's off up the road like a stabbed rat.
8 - It also holds on through corners with terrier-like determination and the steering has spot-on weighting.
9 - My only disappointment was the artificial, synthesised induction noise when the vRS Mode is engaged. Come on Skoda, just give us a fruity exhaust.
10 - Otherwise, the vRS wagon is a hoot to drive, swallows massive loads and is comfy all day long. Grey never looked so good.