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Skoda Octavia vRS review

2001 - 2005 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £13,830 - £14,530
Used prices £879 - £2,724
Road tax cost £365
Insurance group 31
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 423 miles
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Available fuel types


Pros & cons


Performance at a bargain price, sturdy build, space


Skoda has limited performance car heritage

Written by Simon Harris Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


The Octavia vRS put Skoda on the hot-hatchback map in 2001 with an estate model following in 2003. Sharing components with the Mk IV Volkswagen Golf, using Volkswagen Group’s 180bhp 1.8 turbo engine as well as the know-how of Skoda’s skilled chassis engineers the Octavia vRS turned out to be a high performance bargain and a thoroughly enjoyable drive.