Skoda Octavia vRS review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 infotainment touchscreen
  • 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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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Compared with its closest rivals, the Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0 TSI 245 is competitively priced, undercutting cars such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type R, if not the Ford Focus ST or Hyundai i30 N. Despite being slower, the vRS TDI is a good chunk pricier, and the iV is the most expensive vRS of all. Even so, it’s reasonably priced by plug-in standards.

Of course, the iV’s big draw is its low CO2 emissions of just 26g/km, making it the cheapest option for company car users thanks to its low benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax. Run it mainly on electricity and it’ll be cheap to fuel, although those doing longer journeys shouldn’t discount the diesel’s 130g/km and 56.9mpg official figures. That’s significantly better than the TSI’s 157g/km and 40.4mpg, putting it in a much higher company car tax bracket.

Overview

Although there’s an awful lot to recommend the Octavia vRS as a swift yet sensible family car, it just doesn’t excite enough in bends to be considered a good hot hatchback. But if the moderately spicy performance and drive of the vRS hits the spot, you’ll find plenty of space, a well-constructed interior and decent comfort for the everyday grind.

  • Comfortable with DCC suspension
  • Massive boot
  • iV cheap for company car tax
  • Not that much fun to drive
  • More entertaining rivals can be had for less cash
  • Fiddly heater controls
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