Skoda Octavia vRS review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Interior

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Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Dashboard
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

There’s plenty of reach and rake adjustment for the steering wheel in the Skoda Octavia vRS, and a good range of movement for the seat too, so finding an ideal driving position is easy. The standard sports seats are comfortable, thanks in part to lumbar adjustment, and are also supportive in bends. Naturally, they’ve got 'vRS' embroidered on them, while carbonfibre-like trim, an Alcantara dash panel and sports displays remind you of the car’s performance credentials.

You’ll find those sports displays on the standard 10.3in driver’s array that replaces conventional dashboard dials. The graphics are sharp and it’s easy to switch between information sets using the controls on the steering wheel. Thankfully, there are no touch-sensitive switches, as you get in the new Volkswagen Golf GTI, although there is a touch-sensitive volume slider beneath the main touchscreen infotainment system. It just isn’t as easy to use as a regular dial, and neither are the heater controls that are relegated to the central touchscreen.

Helpfully, Skoda has positioned the infotainment touchscreen high on the dashboard so you don’t have to take your eyes far from the road to see it. The 10.0in screen has high-resolution graphics that are easy to read, while most icons are big enough to hit easily on the move. That said, we do wish the shortcut buttons, which are in the top left corner, were less of a stretch. The BMW M135i still rules the roost for infotainment in this class.

Visibility is helped by standard adaptive LED headlights that do a fine job of illuminating the road without dazzling other drivers, plus you get front and rear parking sensors. Seeing out of the front and sides is easy, thanks to big windows and slim pillars, although the hatchback has large pillars to contend with. The estate’s glassier posterior does make reversing more straightforward, although a rear-view camera is available on both.

As for quality, the Skoda Octavia vRS feels plusher than the Honda Civic Type R and runs the Golf GTI close with plenty of soft-touch plastics, those appealing trims we mentioned earlier and standard ambient LED lighting. Most harder plastics are well hidden, although the M135i looks and feels classier still.

Skoda Octavia vRS Hatchback 2020 Dashboard

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