posted 8 years ago

Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback

The Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0T FSI DSG Hatchback is sparring for a fight.

The Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0T FSI DSG Hatchback is sparring for a fight. It is sick of those who scoff at the 'Skoda' badge, mock the Octavia's image, and cry with laughter when they spot 'vRS' markings on this practical family workhorse. Big mistake. This particular mile-muncher rockets to 62mph in 7.2 seconds and races to 149mph. That is the kind of performance that turns this sensible everyday hatchback into a fun-focussed rocket.

The Skoda Octavia vRS' 2.0-litre petrol engine produces 200PS and 206lb ft of torque. This rather considerable power is sent to the front wheels via six-speed automatic DSG transmission. However, enthusiastic motorists can dance around the cogs manually too. Furthermore the Octavia's steering feels pin-sharp, it corners beautifully, and the ride is perfectly comfortable. So, this is a car that performs far better than its badge suggests.

So, let us consider practicality. The turbocharged Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0T FSI DSG hatchback can carry five people plus 585-litres of luggage. Abandoning a few passengers and folding the rear seats flat increases storage space to 1,455-litres. Running costs are sensible too, as this desirable racer averages 36.7mpg and its emissions are only 180g/ km. This equates to road tax band I/£210. And the price? How does £21,370 sound?