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Skoda Octavia vRS 2017 review

Skoda Octavia vRS gets an updated look, a more powerful 2.0-litre petrol engine and some new tech. Is Skoda's Ford Focus ST rival any easier to recommend?

Words By Doug Revolta

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Should I buy one?

As a fast family car, the Octavia vRS ticks a lot of boxes. Diesel-engined models will likely prove more popular overall, but the petrol engine is certainly worthy of consideration for its more impressive power delivery and keen pricing next to its closest rivals. No matter the engine, space and practicality is class leading.

And although it has lived in the shadow of the Golf GTI for much of its existence, there's no doubt that the Skoda is the more practical choice and costs thousands of pounds less than its Volkswagen stablemate. Ultimately, though, the Golf GTI has the upper hand in terms of handling, offering a more engaging and polished experience.

What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5


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Rivals:

Ford Focus ST

Volkswagen Golf GTI


2017 Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0 230

Engine size 2.0-litre petrol

Price from Β£25,130

Power 227bhp

Torque 258lb ft

0-62mph 6.7sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy (official combined) 43.5mpg

CO2/BIK band 149g/km, 26%

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