Our Cars: Skoda Octavia vRS Estate

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After six months our Octavia vRS Estate is departing and we're going to miss the sporty Skoda very much.
David has always been a fan of towbar mounted bike carriers but will a new Thule bike rack change his mind?
It's time to upgrade to a new car seat for our 8 month old but which is the best for the Octavia?
There's a new Octavia on the block. And it's better than ours. Dammit. So is the vRS 230 worth the extra £2000.
The Octavia vRS comes with a grandly named Performance Mode Selection button. And it's always on in our car - but for reasons you might not imagine.
Our Octavia vRS is a rare breed. A performance compact estate for £25k. So what else can you get for the same money?
Our vRS comes with the Black Design Package which includes 19-inch alloy wheels. And after a few months the inevitable has happened...
The Octavia comes with the latest Skoda SmartLink system allowing you to pair your phone. Is it genuinely useful or just a gimmick?
We chose the Octavia with the TSI petrol engine. It may suit the vRS perfectly but would we have been better off with the more economical TDI diesel?
We've got deep praise for the enormous boot the Octavia Estate possesses. In fact when it comes to practicality it's pretty much perfect. Almost.
David welcomes the new addition to the family - the Octavia vRS Estate. Will it prove the ideal speedy yet practical family hauler?
 

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