Skoda Octavia vRS Estate Road Test (2004)

Skoda Octavia vRS Estate
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Skoda Octavia Review

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The Octavia vRS estate is excellent value for money offering good levels of standard equipment at a reasonable price.

Rivals
  • Ford Focus Estate, Peugeot 307 SW, Renault Megane Sport Tourer, Vauxhall Astra Estate, Volkswagen Golf Estate and Volvo V50
What We Liked
  • Performance
  • Handling
  • Exterior / interior looks
  • Upholstery
What We Disliked
  • In our opinion the climate control switchgear is difficult to operate when driving as it is positioned too low.
What We'd Like To See
  • An alarm
  • Automatic drive away locking
  • ESP as standard on the vRS model
  • Front side airbags as standard across the range
Build Quality

The overall build quality is good and in keeping with its more expensive Audi and Volkswagen siblings. Backed up by a good warranty and VAG's (Volkswagen Audi Group) renowned reliability.

Value For Money

The Octavia vRS estate is excellent value for money offering good levels of standard equipment at a reasonable price. The badge may not be that prestigious to some but you are getting a lot of car for your money.

Conclusion

If you are someone who likes to spend their money wisely and doesn’t have their head turned by designer labels then the Skoda Octavia vRS estate is the car for you. It is a low cost, high performance, well equipped, practical family car. Of course the Skoda badge will be a stumbling block to some potential purchasers but Skoda has finally emerged from Audi & Volkswagen's shadow as a desirable brand in its own right.

21 November 2004 Melanie Carter
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Skoda Octavia Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSkoda Octavia vRS
  
Body TypeEstate
ColourBlack Magic Pearl
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph8 Seconds
Top Speed 143 mph
  
Transmission5-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban26.2 mpg
Extra Urban44.1 mpg
Combined35.3 mpg
  
Insurance Group16
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warrantytwo-year unlimited mileage factory warranty
In addition cars supplied by Skoda Auto UK through the approved retailer network are provided with a further year of warranty that is valid until the car has completed 60,000 miles
10-year anti-perforation warranty
3-year paint warranty
Price (when tested on the 21/11/04)£14965 (including £275 for Black Magic Paint)

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