vRS The Skoda Octavia's side view is unbroken by black mouldings as these are now body-coloured.
The Skoda Octavia's side view is unbroken by black mouldings as these are now body-coloured. This helps to make the car appear longer and adds to the sporty image as the vRS hunkers down on lowered suspension and 18-inch alloys.
At the rear, the trademark 'C' tail-light clusters have been made clearer and the rear bumper, with its twin chrome exhaust pipes and integrated 'cat's-eyes' reflectors, has been revised, too. Viewed from the rear, the whole aspect looks clean, tidy and unmistakeably Skoda.
The same can be said of the interior and quite a lot of what you find in the Skoda Octavia has been passed down from the flagship, Skoda Superb in one form or another. The new instrument dials with white LED illumination are just such an instance and in between, sits a new information display and warning lights array, which includes a tyre pressure monitor in the Skoda Octavia vRS.
While the rest of the Skoda Octavias have redesigned seats, those in the Skoda Octavia vRS are the hip-hugging sporty type with height adjustment. They are upholstered in silver Alcantara and black leather and bear the vRS logo just below the headrests. The mark can also be found on the mats, door sills and the 3-spoke, sports steering wheel, too. Speaking of which, the steering wheel is rake and reach-adjustable and is covered in perforated black leather to go with the gear lever surround.
Separating the soft-touch upper dash from the lower section is a broad swathe of trim, in a brushed-chrome effect. It follows the curve of the dashboard and extends into the doors. The same material appears on the tidy centre console as the surround to the audio and dual-zone climate control systems as well as the forming a base for the gear-shift.
Common throughout the Skoda Octavia range, with the exception of the S trim is a Bolero audio system with a 6.5-inch touch screen, an integrated 6CD autochanger with an SD/MMC reader. However, there is also the option of a new Mobile Device Interface or MDI, which allows control of iPods and MP3 players via the screen and track names to be displayed. It adds £155 plus between £20 and £25 for the specific adapter. As far as I can see, none of the trim levels offer satellite navigation as a standard feature but it is available as a £1,580 option.
The Skoda Octavia range is vast and not only do you have the pick of three mainstream trim levels, S, SE and Elegance but also the eco-friendly Green Line, the 4x4 version and the Scout, both of which are estates. In addition there is the Laurin & Klement Octavia and, of course, the Skoda Octavia vRS.
Skoda Octavia Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Skoda Octavia vRS Estate 2.0 TDI CR|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.4 seconds|
|Top Speed||140 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||61.4 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / 60000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 31/03/10)||£20,795|