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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
Skoda Octavia vRS (05-13) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £17,985 - £23,325
Used price £1,415 - £10,500
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £180 - £330
Insurance group 28 - 30 How much is it to insure?


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 Octavia vRS rivals

Written by Ben Wall on

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.

Skoda Octavia vRS rivals

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