Amid a broader vRS refresh, Skoda has built its most powerful Octavia yet to take on the established order
Skoda Octavia vRS long-term review
We’ve just had a diesel vRS for three months. Next up: a petrol vRS for three months. Which makes the better buy?
Skoda Octavia vRS 245 DSG 2017 review
We drive the hatchback version of Skoda's most powerful Octavia on its standard-fit, non-adjustable dampers.
Why we’re running it: It’s the first in a two-parter: diesel vRS for three months, petrol vRS for three months. Which makes the better buy?Month 3 - Month 2 - Month 1 - Specs & prices
Life with the Skoda Octavia vRS: Month 3
Time to swap a vRS all-wheel-drive diesel hatch for a front-drive vRS petrol estate - 20th June 2018
My three-month custodianship of the Race Blue Skoda has drawn to an end. I doubt I’ll miss the Octavia vRS 2.0 TDI too much, but only because it has made way for a shiny new model.
The lasting impression from those three months at the wheel of Skoda’s diesel vRS is this: when government legislation makes diesel cars unduly expensive, and when it knackers their residual values – which seems to be the direction we’re heading in at the moment – lots of drivers, myself included, are going to sorely miss mid-40s to the gallon and virtually a 500-mile range.
What the diesel vRS did well – and I appreciate there are plenty of other cars out there that manage much the same thing – was combine that sort of fuel economy and range with strong straight-line performance and a broad spread of dynamic competencies.