£26,890 - £30,215 Price range
42 - 62 MPG
The Skoda Octavia VRS Estate is the high performance version of the practical Octavia Estate. Most of its competition comes from inside the Volkswagen Group so its main rivals include the SEAT Leon ST and the VW Golf GTD Estate. For those who prefer saloon bodystyles, the standard Octavia VRS is worth a look.
Unlike much of the competition, the Octavia VRS Estate is based on a saloon rather than a hatchback meaning it has huge reserves of room for passengers and luggage. The interior misses out on the top level of luxury afforded the Golf but feels just as sturdy.
Engine options are all 2.0-litre turbocharged units and get a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG automatic gearboxes. The petrols are punchier and better suited to the car’s sporty character, the diesels are better suited to those with higher annual mileages. The diesel model is also offered with optional four-wheel drive.
Equipment levels are competitive in this segment with basics like Bluetooth and DAB radio being included as standard. Sat-nav is a £750 option but the central touch-screen, at least, comes as standard. Considering how much you save by opting for an Octavia over a Golf, you could easily spend the extra on some choice options.
Drive it down the street and only car experts will be able to tell you’re driving anything other than a standard Octavia. For some, this is exactly what they’re looking for but, for others, it might be a shade too subtle.