Used Skoda Octavia vRS (2005 - 2013) Review

Review by Ben Wall on
Last Updated: 20 Jun 2014
4.5
Skoda may be better known for practical family cars rather than performance, but its vRS models have carved out quite a niche for themselves. The Octavia vRS is just as versatile and spacious as the standard Octavia, but thanks to lowered sports suspension and a 2.
Skoda Octavia vRS (05-13)
Superb value for money, blends hot hatch ability with family car practicality, TDI engine available
Styling may be too subtle for some, interior dull for a sports hatch

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£17,985 - £23,325

Used price range:

£1,141 - £10,222

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

Skoda may be better known for practical family cars rather than performance, but its vRS models have carved out quite a niche for themselves. The Octavia vRS is just as versatile and spacious as the standard Octavia, but thanks to lowered sports suspension and a 2.0 TFSI engine - the same one used in the 2005 Volkswagen Golf GTI - it has genuine hot hatch credentials.

When launched, it was Skoda's most powerful ever car, while later a 2.0 TDI engine with 170bhp was introduced. Available as a hatchback or an estate, the Octavia vRS proves that you can combine an enjoyable hot hatch with a sensible family car - and it needn't break the bank either. It was facelifted in mid-2009 with a sharper front end and a more upmarket interior.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

4.5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

4 out of 5

Practicality

4.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

4.5 out of 5

Green credentials

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

What owners say...

 Being able to put the wife's wine bottle in the door pocket or the shopping bag hooks in the boot or the parking ticket holder on the windscreen little things that are neat add ons.  

5 out of 5

Paul Wheeler ,   04 Jun 2015    ... read more

 The shear size of the estate, as a load carrier its brilliant - but with a good turn of speed.  

5 out of 5

J Whiteside ,   10 Sep 2014    ... read more

 The size of the boot- it's huge. Can easily take 2 full sets of golf clubs and 2 electric trollies.  

5 out of 5

Adrian Barrie ,   02 Mar 2014    ... read more

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