Skoda Octavia vRS review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Introduction

Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Front 3/4 tracking
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Front 3/4 tracking
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Rear 3/4 tracking
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Dashboard
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Rear seats
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 infotainment touchscreen
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Right tracking
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Gear selector
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Exhaust detail
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Boot
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2020 Front 3/4 tracking
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2020 Right tracking
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2020 Front 3/4 static
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2020 Rear
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2020 Seat detail
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2020 Boot
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Front 3/4 tracking
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Rear 3/4 tracking
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Dashboard
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Rear seats
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 infotainment touchscreen
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Right tracking
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Gear selector
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Exhaust detail
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Boot
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2020 Front 3/4 tracking
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2020 Right tracking
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2020 Front 3/4 static
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2020 Rear
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2020 Seat detail
  • Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2020 Boot
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Introduction

What Car? says...

Hot hatchbacks are arguably the perfect blend of pace and practicality, but few place as much emphasis on the latter as the Skoda Octavia vRS. The recipe is simple: take one cavernous Octavia, pour in a more potent engine, stir the suspension to suit, sprinkle on some styling garnish and – hey presto! – it's a family car with a bit of bite.

Unusually for the class, you get a choice of engines in the vRS. If you’re a sensible sort, the 2.0 TDI diesel produces a respectable 197bhp and (as long as you avoid the four-wheel-drive option) CO2 emissions of just 130g/km. It's only korma hot, though, so anyone looking for something spicier will find the plug-in hybrid vRS iV well worth a taste. Power jumps up to a more flavoursome 242bhp yet CO2 drops to just 26g/km thanks to a decent all-electric range.

However, if practicality is right up there with driving fun on your wish list, it’s worth us pointing out that the Octavia vRS isn’t just a hot hatchback based on the standard Octavia; there's a hot version of the estate too. The even more capacious behind is available with all three engines should you want to be as sensible as humanly possible.

But is the Skoda Octavia vRS’s performance up to scratch, and can it mix it with the best? Read on through this review to find out how it compares. If you are in the market for a vRS – or, indeed, a vehicle of any make or model – have a look at the free What Car? New Car Buying service for huge savings on the Skoda and its rivals.

At a glance
New car deals
Save up to £2,442
Target Price from £29,476
Save up to £2,442
or from £337pm
Swipe to see used and leasing deals
Nearly new deals
From £33,495
Leasing deals
From £304pm
RRP price range £31,695 - £36,720
Number of trims (see all)1
Number of engines (see all)3
Available fuel types (which is best for you?)hybrid, petrol, diesel
MPG range across all versions 256.8 - 56.5
Available doors options 5
Warranty 3
Company car tax at 20% (min/max) £436 / £2,294
Company car tax at 40% (min/max) £873 / £4,587
Available colours