Skoda Octavia vRS Estate Review (2010)

Skoda Octavia vRS Estate
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Skoda Octavia Review

Skoda Octavia vRS Estate Review  | Part TwoSkoda Octavia vRS Estate Road Test

We all know that in recent years Skoda has had to constantly increase the size of its trophy cabinet in order to keep pace with the amount of awards the company, and its vehicles, keep on winning.

We all know that in recent years Skoda has had to constantly increase the size of its trophy cabinet in order to keep pace with the amount of awards the company, and its vehicles, keep on winning. Skoda seems to be constantly and consistently at the top of table for reliability and customer satisfaction as well as having several 'Car of the Year' and 'Best…' titles, which is a far cry from the old days… and jokes.

The Skoda Octavia alone is responsible for no less than 16 awards starting with the Daily Express Best Family Car of the Year, 2004. So, is Skoda the Manufacturer of happy drivers? The answer has to be a resounding yes!

Having spent a delightful week in the whizzy Skoda Octavia vRS, I am happy to count myself as one of them. This was the estate version rather the than the Skoda Octavia vRS hatchback and, because the proportions are just right, I think the estate looks more elegant.

The Skoda Octavia range underwent a facelift at the beginning of 2009 and although the Skoda Octavia vRS and Scout versions had the same interior upgrades, it took until June of that year for the exterior design to catch up and although some of the changes are subtle, they are a little more than skin deep with completely new pressings for the steel body panels.

The front grille now features 19 vertical vanes in black set into a broad, chrome surround. The door mirrors are larger as the new headlight clusters, which in the Skoda Octavia test car, were the optional xenon lights that add £720 to the OTR price.

Since their first appearance in the new Skoda Superb, Skoda has taken to including a chromed inscription bar within the lens clusters, bearing the name of the vehicle. This was also the case on the Skoda Yeti and is a small and simple thing that somehow adds an element of exclusivity, one would expect in more expensive cars.

Below the main grille is a new, single-piece bumper that houses larger fog-lights than the previous model. These are standard on all but the S and SE trims and, in the case of the vRS, they have a row of LED daytime running lights above the housing. In between, is a large air intake covered black mesh to match the upper grille and increase the sporty attitude.

Also new is a subtle V-shaped contour that starts at the emblem on the front and gradually spreads out as it runs along the long towards the windscreen. This isn't an unusual feature in itself but the Skoda designers have carried the line into the cabin, which is a little different.

Skoda Octavia vRS Estate Review  | Part TwoSkoda Octavia vRS Estate Road Test
Skoda Octavia Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSkoda Octavia vRS Estate 2.0 TDI CR
  
Body TypeEstate
ColourDynamic Blue
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8.4 seconds
Top Speed 140 mph
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeDiesel
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban36.7 mpg
Extra Urban61.4 mpg
Combined49.6 mpg
  
Insurance Group14
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3 years / 60000 miles
Price (when tested on the 31/03/10)£20,795

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