Skoda Octavia vRS (2013 – 2020) Review

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Skoda Octavia vRS (2013 – 2020) At A Glance


+Practical and refined performance version of latest Octavia. Available with excellent TSI engine or more economical TDI unit. Handling much improved over the standard car.

-Top vRS 230 gets more equipment but a considerable firmer ride.

New prices start from £27,625, brokers can source from £25,607
Contract hire deals from £254.00 per month
Insurance Groups are between 26–30
On average it achieves 77% of the official MPG figure

Skoda's vRS stock continues to grow with each new incarnation and although the 2010 Fabia vRS didn't quite catch the imagination of the public in the same way as the original TDI version, the vRS badge is still recognised by many as something of a more practical alternative to a GTI.

That's very true of the latest Octavia vRS. It uses the same platform as the latest Golf (and Audi A3 and SEAT Leon for that matter) and uses the same engines too. The petrol is a 2.0 TSI with 220PS which makes this Octavia the most powerful ever built. It's a superb engine with a smooth revving nature and great response when you want it to perform.

Acceleration from 0-62mph takes 6.8 seconds - a Golf GTI with the same engine is only 0.3 seconds quicker. Yet it will average - according to the official figures anyway - 45.6mpg. Of course start enjoying that performance and this will soon drop. The other engine is the 2.0 TDI with 184PS which has incredibly strong in-gear acceleration yet is still quiet and refined. Economy is impressive too with a claimed 61.4mpg.

To go with its sporting nature the vRS gets sports suspension and has been lowered by 12mm plus it gets the XDS electronic differential as standard. This system cleverly brakes the inside wheels in corners, making the car feel more agile and meaning less steering lock is required. It also has new electro-mechanical progressive steering. On the road the Octavia is a revelation compared to the standard car with much improved steering feel and a sharper nature through corners. It's a very enjoyable car to drive yet is still usable every day thanks to a supple ride and easy controls.

To make it stand out from the standard model, the vRS gets honeycomb design air intakes, a bespoke front bumper and fog lights along with xenon headlights. At the back there's a diffuser and trapezoidal exhaust pipes. It gets 17-inch alloys as standard but there are 18-inch and 19-inch wheels available as options. The 18-inch wheels come in silver and anthracite while the 19-inch in black. Inside there are vRS sports seats and a three-spoke steering wheel with perforated leather.

Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0TSI 230 Estate 2016 Road Test

Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0TDI 4WD 2016 Road Test

Long Term Test Skoda Octavia Estate vRS 2.0 TSI

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Real MPG average for a Skoda Octavia vRS (2013 – 2020)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

26–60 mpg

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Is there a good sporty estate or SUV I should consider?
"I'm a new dad and now want to move from an Audi S3 to a more suitable estate or SUV that I will use as a daily drive but would like something sporty. I have a budget of £15000, what would you recommend?"
If you're looking for something sporty, you'd be better looking for an estate. We'd recommend a Skoda Octavia vRS. It's a very practical estate car that's fun to drive. Although rarer, seek out a petrol unless you cover high miles. Also, consider a BMW 3 Series Touring. Even the 318i is good to drive.
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What DSG is used in the Skoda Octavia vRS?
"I am thinking about buying a 2019 Skoda Octavia vRS Challenge 2.0 TSI 245 DSG. Is this a seven-speed wet box or some other type of automatic gearbox? "
It will be a DQ500 seven-speed dual wet clutch DSG. Better than the old DQ250 six-speed dual wet clutch DSG, but can still be sluggish and frustrating to drive. It needs fresh oil and a filter every three years or 38k miles but is nothing like as problem prone as dry clutch DQ200.
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I keep having to replace tyres due to pothole damage - what wheels should I swap to?
"I have 225/35 R19 wheels on my Skoda Octavia vRS. I've replaced four tyres since January at £150 each due to potholes. I’ve now been offered a swap to 225/40 R18 wheels. Would this help?"
Would help a little bit. What I'd do is find the smallest wheels that will fit around the front brakes and fit them with deeper profile tyres. I checked and these are 17-inch wheels with 205/50 R17 89V tyres.
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I do 13,000 miles per year - should I go for a petrol car or the cheaper diesel version?
"I do approximately 13,000 miles a year and quite a lot of motorway driving. I've seen a good deal for a 2016 Skoda Octravia vRS 2.0 TDI with only 2000 miles on the clock for £17,000 with a main dealer. I've also been given a reasonable part exchange value for my Skoda. I've had diesels for more than 20 years due to my mileage and type of driving. The VRS petrol I'm looking at is about £2000 more than a diesel. Would you go for a diesel or petrol? I intend to keep the car about three years or so. "
The petrol will use more fuel. Eventually the diesel will need a new DPF, but that should be a long way off. So on the economics it's swinging towards the diesel. The petrol is a better drive though.
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What does a Skoda Octavia vRS (2013 – 2020) cost?

Buy new from £25,607 (list price from £30,605)
Contract hire from £254.00 per month