Both estate and hatchback shapes are offered by the manufacturer to meet the requirements of more motorists, and both share a striking look. The characteristic ŠKODA front grille holds VRS badging and sits above a sporty honeycomb mesh air intake. The front bumper is unique to the range while the rear includes a black diffuser plus twin stainless steel exhaust pipes. As standard there are 16-inch alloy wheels, elegant black door mirrors and handles plus black roof rails with the estate only.
Inside, you and your front passenger are gripped securely by sculpted and bolstered sports seats and at your feet are stainless steel pedals. VRS-branded kick plates reinforce the vehicle's character while the three-spoke leather steering wheel adds a touch of luxury. Opt for the estate to benefit from a maximum luggage capacity of 1,740 litres when the rear bench is folded flat.
This well-equipped model delivers plenty of technology for more connected and engaging journeys. From entry-level S grade there's a Bolero touchscreen infotainment system with SD reader and CD player to complement the DAB digital radio. A Bluetooth® interface enables you to take calls when on the move, and devices can be linked to the system using a Multi-Device Interface with USB and AUX-in ports. Acoustic rear parking sensors, voice controls and satellite navigation are added to more prestigious specifications.
There's no shortage of powertrain options so you are likely to find an engine that delivers the output that meets your priorities. The Greenline III variant includes the cleanest unit, a 108bhp 1.6-litre TDI that emits just 90g/km of CO2 and returns up to 80.7mpg combined. If you want optimum pace then choose the 218bhp 2.0-litre TSI petrol which sprints from 0-60mph in under seven seconds when coupled with a manual gearbox. This powerful engine can also be linked with sequential automatic transmission if preferred which delivers rapid gear changes without interrupting acceleration.
ŠKODA advancements make the Octavia VRS a safe option, and it was awarded a five-star Euro NCAP rating to recognise its ability to protect. Intelligent active technologies work together to prevent accidents, with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) Anti-slip Regulation (ASR) and more joining an advanced electronic differential lock. There are seven airbags in total plus an automatic post-collision braking system to keep you safe in many circumstances.
Family and business motorists in particular will appreciate the numerous strengths of the Octavia VRS, and you can find out more with Johnsons ŠKODA today. Contact our Birmingham dealership to book a test drive soon.