We test the all-new version of Skoda's Octavia vRS, which combines Golf GTI performance with practicality and a reasonable price tag
What is it?
The facelifted Octavia in sporty vRS guise.
Upgrades over lesser Octavias (and the old vRS) include LED driving lamps and a lowered chassis, and they’ve chopped some weight out of it — 20kg in the case of the petrol car.
Engines are unchanged but prices have gone up; this petrol estate is now £19,010, £245 more than the last one.
What’s it like?
Still very fine, retaining that blend of practicality and entertainment that marked out the last vRS.
The upgrades are fairly subtle inside and out — a smidgen of new trim, different instruments — but it still grips and steers well enough and, on paper at least, is ever so slightly faster.
Should I buy one?
The vRS is still good value — as a wagon it has more space than a Citroën C5 Tourer — and offers a decent if not thrilling drive.
Luckily Skoda hasn’t overdone the marginally higher level of glitz, so it retains its eminently practical nature and remains a very likeable car.