Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
Even the very tall will have no trouble up front in the Skoda Octavia vRS, and that’s still the case if you’ve ticked the box for the optional panoramic sunroof. There’s plenty of storage, with door pockets big enough to take a 1.5-litre bottle of water, plus two big cupholders, a capacious cubby under the central armrest and a useful shelf in front of the gear selector that’s perfect for emptying your pockets into.
Rear seat space has long been an Octavia speciality, although rivals have started to encroach upon its territory. A Honda Civic Type R, for example, is almost as spacious, while the Cupra Leon and Ford Focus ST are both better for rear head and leg room. You’ll find the vRS does have a rather wide rear bench, helping three adults to sit side by side more easily. To aid comfort, a central rear armrest is standard.