Skoda Octavia vRS long-term review

Our Verdict
Skoda Octavia vRS

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18 July 2018

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.