“‘The fastest-ever production Skoda Octavia.’ Doesn’t exactly set your nerves quivering, does it?” says Chris Knapman in The Daily Telegraph. “‘Cut-price Golf GTI’, however, sounds more interesting. And that’s exactly what the Octavia vRS has always set to out to be.” How close does it get? Well, it’s never going to “set your trousers on fire” as close rivals such as the Ford Fiesta ST or Renaultsport Megane will do. But it will be “a more willing companion”.
Its rivals can’t match the Octavia as a “day-to-day machine”. So if you spend most of your miles “driving like a ‘normal’ person, but might occasionally want to put your foot down or lean on the car’s grip through a familiar set of corners, the Octavia vRS is just about perfect”. This car is “a very fine thing indeed”.
Fast, fun, affordable and practical; if anything can live up to this description, it’s the 2013 Skoda Octavia vRS, agrees Vicky Parrott in What Car magazine.
With 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel and petrol options, automatic and manual gearboxes, and the choice of “cavernous hatchback or estate bodies”, the vRS has an “all things to all people” appeal. It’s got “gut wrenching” acceleration when you need it, but is also “reassuringly close to idiot-proof in terms of handling”. It’s not as refined or as smooth as the Volkswagen Golf GTI. However, it’s many thousands cheaper and is “the most practical hot hatch you can buy”.
Price: from £22,990
Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol
Torque: 258lb ft
Top speed: 154mph
0-62mph: 6.8 seconds
Fuel economy: 45.6mpg
Carbon dioxide emissions: 142g/km