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Skoda Octavia vRS

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By Jonathan Crouch

The improved Skoda Octavia vRS follows a well-established routine. Family hot hatch performance for reasonable money. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 83

You know the Skoda Octavia vRS. It's the car you dread to see in your rear view if you're making progress a bit enthusiastically on the motorway. The police buy them because they're subtle, fast, reliable and affordable; four attributes that work well with private buyers too. This improved model gets smart LED headlights, an interior upgrade and the option of either a 245PS petrol power output or a 184PS diesel unit. In other words, don't be tempted to try to outsprint one.

Backgroundword count: 259

Yes, the vRS is the go-faster model of the Skoda Octavia range, available at a time when going faster seems to be about as socially acceptable as a Gary Glitter comeback tour, but stick with it. There's a lot more to this car than flicking the vees at the mandated speed limit. The vRS has long been a car that's all about making discreet progress, which is why they're the darlings of motorway police the length and breadth of the country. They're capable but subtle. Granted, a GATSO camera's not going to differentiate between a navy blue Octavia and a lime green Lambo, but if you prefer not to draw attention to the fact that you enjoy your driving, the vRS is a wholly informed choice. The car we're looking at here is an improved version of the third generation vRS model, although those of you with longer memories might well recall the first generation car initially being badged an RS. That car first appeared in 2001, with the bigger and better built second generation model arriving in 2005. This signalled a change from a 1.8-litre turbo four to a 2.0-litre engine, adding 18PS in the process and lifting peak power to 200PS. The MK3 vRS was initially offered with a 220PS 2.0 TSI petrol engine optionally upgradeable to 230PS. In this revised form, the 2.0 TSI engine has been standardised in 245PS form and, as before, you can specify a 184PS 2.0 TDI desel engine with or without 4WD. Plus there's an estate bodystyle if you want it.

Driving Experienceword count: 178

Of course, you want to know how quick the VRS is. I did. So, being completely useless at suspense, here's the detail. The 2.0-litre TSI petrol driving through a six-speed manual gearbox will punt the 245PS petrol Octavia vRS to 62mph in only 6.6 seconds. The maximum speed is around 155mph. Plump instead for the diesel engine and you're looking at 7.9 seconds to 62mph and a top speed of 144mph. There's a six-speed manual gearbox as standard but all models can be specified with a DSG dual clutch transmission if you have a lazy left leg. The diesel gets a 4x4 option too. The sports chassis lowers the body by 15mm, plus the rear track is 30mm wider than before. Wheel dimensions range from 18 to 19 inches and there's an ESC stability system with XDS+ electronic inter-wheel lock, for extra cornering traction. Buyers also get a 'Performance Mode Select' system which allows throttle feel and steering to be tailored to driving preferences. Plus there's an optional 'Performance Sound Generator' if you want a rortier engine note.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

Combined mpg:

44.1

61.4

CO2 (g/km):

119

Extra urban mpg:

52.3

78.5

Insurance group:

26

29

Price:

23755

26215

Urban mpg:

34.9

49.6

Weight (kg):

1350

1432

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category:

Performance
60%
Handling
50%
Comfort
70%
Space
90%
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