Skoda Octavia 2.0TDI vRS Estate : Load Lugging

  • Big Yellow Storage has nothing on our Octavia vRS estate and its 610-litre boot
  • Dropping rear seats, remotely, increases the size of that space to 1,740-litres
  • Adjustable boot floor unfortunately not compatible with boot net program

The BMW 5 Series Touring boasts a 560-litre load bay. The Audi A6 Avant a 565-litre boot. The Volvo V70 a 575-litre space to place your items. The Jaguar XF Sportbrake lays claim to a 550-litre load area. And the Skoda Octavia vRS estate, a car using the same MQB platform as the VW Golf, SEAT Leon and Audi A3?

Six hundred and ten litres. Even the 590-litre load space of the vRS hatchback eclipses those larger estate models.

Skoda Octavia vRS boot

Which is why, not long after our vRS arrived on fleet it was soon pressed into service as a load lugger. I might not have children, or an extended family to cart around, but the appeal of this multi-purpose wagon wasn’t just founded on its bright yellow paint or torquey diesel engine.

I thought I was being clever as well, ordering RSV complete with an adjustable boot floor and a boot net programme. It duly turned up with the adjustable floor, which was excellent for hiding valuable (but slimline) items or those objects you only used infrequently underneath. Folding the rear section, creating a partition for less bulky items to be held securely is an incredibly useful feature too.  

Skoda Octavia vRS boot handles

It came with the boot nets too, loosely packaged in the boot and without any fitting instructions. But then how hard could it be?

Forty five minutes later, with the boot floor lowered, raised, removed, folded and sworn at I was no closer to attaching the full-width nets, nor the small ones just aft of the wheelarches. Resorting to the Internet showed me how they should look, but didn’t help me reach a solution, and neither could any of my colleagues (who did at least confirm I wasn’t being special).

Which was when I found out that the two options (adjustable boot floor and boot net programme) aren’t compatible with each other. Our car had slipped though the net, if you’ll pardon the pun, as an early build car – but models ordered after ours would only allow you to specify one or the other, not both combined, on the configurator.

Octavia vRS load lugger

Everything else about this car’s boot space is far better thought out though; dropping the rear seats isn’t the clambering affair it usually is, since a pair of levers in the boot fold the backrests flat remotely. You’ll need to remember and have the boot floor in its upper position if you want a flat and seamless level load area though.

Longer items can be accommodated with the load-through facility (ski-hatch in old school terms), though unlike regular Octavias our vRS model can’t be had with the fold-down front passenger seat which allows even longer items to be carried.

Octavia vRS packed to the roof

There’s a couple of bag hooks back there to stop items sliding around, though we rarely used them, and an extra 12V socket which we did make use of. And I adore (I know, I know…) the parcel shelf; it’s the most robust and easily operated of its type – a tap of your hand retracting it back towards the backrests, while pulling it towards the tailgate it never slips out of its tracks like other examples so often seem to.

Octavia vRS with loft boards

In my time with the car I used every litre of space available, either with the seats in place or folded, including probably its sternest test - two weeks camping in Scandinavia. For that trip the car was filled with

 

A four-man tent

Four Pillows

An inflatable airbed

A windbreaker

BBQ

Camping stove

Two camping chairs

Two suitcases

Camera equipment with tripod

Two bike helmets (the bikes lived outside on a bike rack)

Two coolboxes

Eighteen bottles of wine

A case of beer

A case of cider

Octavia vRS camping

All with the seats in place.

I’ve used it to empty my loft, a selection of bin bags, old carpets and other loose junk fitting in easily and rapidly making their way to the local refuse centre. I’ll ignore the jibes about the bin lorries round our way being yellow too.

Octavia vRS with car parts

Car parts have fitted in without complaint too, including large bodypanels, a steering wheel, seats and some large mechanical components squeezed in easily.

In fact I’ve yet to find something large enough to defeat the Octavia; who needs off-site warehousing when KX63 RSV is all the big yellow storage I’ll ever need.

 

Mileage: 8,923miles                             Economy: 42.9mpg (calculated)