Vehicle review: Skoda Octavia vRS 4×4 – a dependable shade of gray
This 142 miles per hour hatch is capable enough, nevertheless its acceleration isn’t as dramatic because the billing
Even though it has already been just a little lengthy within the tooth, and can soon be replaced with a revised version with a few important enhancements towards the suspension, I merely couldn’t avoid the chance to test what should be the zenith from the Octavia range – the vRS 4×4 model, DSG gear box, diesel variant. Power with economy and quality may be the idea.
This, in the end, is definitely an Audi in basically name, complete at this juncture using what would certainly be known as a “Quattro” drivetrain, along with the DSG dual-clutch automated manual gear box the VW group (who own Skoda and Audi obviously) set a lot store by.
Well, it’s an impressive machine with only the main one flaw, that we shall jump on to in the end. First, though, the lavish praise. I enjoyed a feeling of humour in painting this most lively of Skoda models using the dullest shade of paint within the Skoda palette – a kind of solid gray that hasn’t been fashionable for a lot of a lengthy year. In addition to this, you are able to have only a non-metallic gray Octavia if it is a sporty vRS variant, it’s the perfect a shade. It’s unusual, I grant you. Actually, I had been attempting to consider the final mainstream vehicle to be released within this colour and chosen a Renault 8 from about 1970. Before that gray was entirely respectable, even fashionable, and i’ll recall Austin Cambridges and so on switched in a shade referred to as “Dove Grey”, that is a posh method of saying these were exactly the same colour like a pigeon. While black paint designed a comeback within 1977 and white-colored came back to favour within 2012, gray continues to be left out. So far, and Skoda calls their colour “Meteor Grey”, which, for any moments thought, doesn’t actually work, will it? A little oxymoronic in my experience.
Anyway it’s very smart and eye-catching and sparks the “anthracite” (i.e. gray) alloy wheels perfectly. Skoda allow us an origami-ant straight line school of styling that is more distinctive in recent occasions, overtaking where Volvo ended I guess. It appears sober, sensible and safe, which obviously Skodas are.
It is going good enough and returns impressive economy. The 4×4 system endows the Skoda with excellent road holding, and it is a co-operative partner on twisty roads. It’s rorty enough to scare the pigeons around the A47 anyway, even if it’s exactly the same colour as them.
But this can be a diesel powered vRS, and that’s the car’s principal flaw. Its rortiness shades into coarseness when extended in the manner its gas brother or sister doesn’t. For many purposes this 142 miles per hour hatch is capable enough, nevertheless its acceleration isn’t as dramatic because the billing. Within my gray vehicle, putting on a gray suit with my greying hair, I felt such as the Spitting Image puppet of John Major attempting to make themself look awesome by hoofing a warm hatch over-all East Anglia. Just like a Nigel Farage Leave poster, it can make me shudder to simply to recall it.
That aside, this sporty Octavia maintains its nice domestic touches, like the cavernous boot (couldn’t resist that old motoring writer’s cliché there), the small ticket holder clip-on the leading windshield as well as an ice-scraper within the fuel filler cap. In a significant discount to roughly equivalent VWs and Audis, it is only the type of factor that attracts the gray pound.
There we’re then: the Skoda Octavia vRS Sing if you are glad to become gray. Sing if you are happy this way.
Price: £27,315 (£28,750 as tested)
Engine capacity: 2 litre 4cyl diesel
Transmission: 6-spd DSG 4×4
Power output (PS @ rpm): [email protected],500-4,000
Top speed (mph): 142
0-62 mph (seconds): 7.6
Fuel economy (mpg): 57.7
CO2 emissions (g/km): 129
BIK: 25 per cent
Length (mm): 4,463
Width 9mm): 1,814
Boot (litres): 1,740