Believe it or not, there are still some people that don’t understand just what the ŠKODA brand represents, or how Volkswagen have transformed the brand from an Eastern European ‘almost’, to a world leading brand that sits behind only Porsche, when it comes to the VW Group’s profitability.
The recipe has been quite simple: offer great value, legendary reliability, stylish good looks, practicality, all with a common sense approach to pricing (read: understanding that not everyone is prepared to pay a premium for a different badge).
It seems that Volkswagen have found the automotive equivalent of Utopia.
To prove this point further, the new Octavia has scooped up yet more prestigious awards – for the Octavia estate, it’s the fifth year in succession for one particular award.
The Auto Express Awards are an industry recognised achievement, the Octavia has topped the category for the New Car of the Year 2020, in the Compact Family Car, and Estate Car categories. Incidentally, the ŠKODA Superb won the Family Car of the Year award also. (Previous winners include the ŠKODA Scala also!).
When we tell you that the ŠKODA range are award winners, it’s not just marketing speak.
Victory Rally Sport (in case you’re wondering) – a celebration of ŠKODA’s 45 years of success on both rally routes and racetracks around the world. This is what the vRS brand represents, it’s ŠKODA’s performance division.
Before we get too far, it’s important to point out that the vRS is the sportier model in the Octavia range, but not at the cost of comfort and everyday usability; it’s fast, but not furious. (Or typical ŠKODA … does everything you want, but without shouting about it).
In our opinion, the Octavia vRS is how all ‘hot’ cars should be made – it looks sporty enough to mark it out as something a little different, there’s subtle clues about the nature of it, and it packs a powerful punch – think of it as Tyson Fury, wearing velvet gloves.
If you read the independent road tests, they’re full of praise for the Octavia vRS, particularly the estate version. Autocar, one of the leading independent magazines says “The vRS jumps to the top of our top five hot hatch estates ahead of the Ford Focus ST, Seat Leon Cupra 300, Vauxhall Astra Sport Tourer, and the Renault Megane GT Sport Tourer.”
High praise indeed.
The new Octavia vRS isn’t all-new, but there’s a great deal of engineering gone in to the updated version, from a power increase, through to better technology, improved standard equipment, and an increase in ride quality.
The 245PS range topper is understated; the interior is practical, sporty, but not luxurious (neither is it ‘race car chic’), there’s hints of the sporting nature though – alcantara style seating, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and flashes of contrast piping, but that’s not to say it lacks anything – depending on trim level, there’s an abundance of toys: a very neat and responsive touchscreen, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, heated seats, parking sensors, LED headlights, and even a WiFi hotspot.
As for the exterior, it has a certain stance, helped with the standard ‘Black Pack’, which incorporates the mirrors, exhaust tail pipes, and front grille – understated, but it works.
We now have our brand new vRS onsite, so if you’d like to see for yourself just what the industry is raving about, why not contact one of our professional team? They’ll be able to help you with any questions that you may have, and tell you about the measures we have in place to keep everyone safe.