Skoda Octavia vRS Estate - Welcome

  • New addition to long term fleet splits opinion – all thanks to optional paint colour
  • The 2.0-litre diesel engine promises over 50mpg and sub eight-second 0-62mph time
  • Options added push the price of our Skoda Octavia vRS wagon to just shy of £30k


Seriously. Yellow?

The response from the office to my choice of Sprint Yellow paint on my long termer wasn’t quite was I was expecting. Admittedly I’m not sure what I was hoping for – there was never going to be a round of applause or the sound of fanfare, but some more enthusiasm would have been nice. Anyone would think they were embarrassed by its brightness.

There are of course a number of reasons our new Skoda Octavia vRS long termer was ordered in such an eye-catching hue. For a start our typical British weather means that any white, black, grey or silver car looks lost in the background, especially when taking photos.

Skoda Octavia vRS estate

And while this car’s primary job is to provide me with transportation it’s also got to earn its keep by attracting interest from you and other users.

My previous long termer was also ordered from the factory to my specs, but our SEAT Leon SC couldn’t have been more of an antithesis to the Skoda. Sure its Monsoon Grey paint was sophisticated, as was the black and grey leather and Alacantara interior, but it wasn’t exactly stand out exciting.

I suppose adding the firm’s Titanium pack, turning the already grey mirrors, well, grey again and swapping the 17-inch silver alloy wheels for 18-inch grey items didn’t help. In fact it felt a little like I was living my life through a black and white movie – the Skoda’s going to be full-fat technicolour in comparison.

Skoda Octavia vRS black pack

Corrida Red, Race Blue and Rallye Green would have had almost as much of an impact, but they’re rather safe colours – and you’ll likely spot other magazines and websites taking that option when they spec their vRS long termers – so the £525 Sprint Yellow was the best option.

Our 181bhp 2.0-litre diesel wagon starts at £24,385, which is only £270 more than the 217bhp 2.0-litre petrol, but should return over 15mpg more and emit over 20g/km less CO2 (119g/km). And while it’ll take 1.2 seconds longer to accelerate from 0-62mph than the petrol vRS, it has another 30Nm of torque. So in the real world it should prove just as fast but far cheaper to run.

Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0TDI engine

Of course our order process didn’t stop there. We needed to add the £950 panoramic sunroof to protect residuals (due to our choice of paint), and it looks far better thanks to the Black Design Pack (£150 for black grille surround and mirrors) and tinted rear glass (£140).

We eschewed the racy red stitching on the seats for a more subtle silver thread – after all the car’s exterior shouts loud enough, though our standard cloth seats are heated thanks to the £430 winter pack, which also adds a heated windscreen and washer nozzles. Not that I’ve had much chance to use them yet. Still, the Skoda’s second owner will doubtless appreciate their presence.

Skoda Octavia vRS cabin

As a music lover (my colleagues would tell me my music taste is as bad as my colour choice) the upgraded Canton sound system (£430) should improve the listening experience on my 120-mile a day commute while the upgraded Columbus sat-nav (£1,350) might just help me avoid any unnecessary jams.

Practicality is taken care of with cruise control (£180), tow bar preparation (£170), a variable boot floor (£150) and a boot net programme (£50) – which is really just a couple of nets to keep it tidier. If for some reason it all goes wrong the £400 Crew Protection Assistant adds rear side airbags to protect passengers.

Skoda Octavia vRS boot

All that stacks up to a healthy £29,000 – which is not an insignificant amount. However, it means this car is pretty much fully loaded with equipment and, as we’ve seen from the Parkers full Skoda Octavia vRS review, practical, efficient and fantastic to drive as well.

To say I’m looking forward to the next few months with our yellow peril is an understatement. Even if my colleagues pretend they don’t know me when I drive past.

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