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
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.
What owners say about this car
Being able to put the wife's wine bottle in the door pocket or the shopping bag hooks in the boot... Read owner review
The shear size of the estate, as a load carrier its brilliant - but with a good turn of speed. Read owner review
The size of the boot- it's huge. Can easily take 2 full sets of golf clubs and 2 electric trollies. Read owner review