Skoda Octavia

Torque-laden diesel version of Octavia vRS

Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDi PD vRS engine
Evo rating
Price
from £18,370
  • Usual turbodiesel strengths
  • Rattle and thrum

What’ll she do, mister? Well, according to the blurb, 48.7mpg on the combined cycle.

Even wearing my lead-filled boots, I could still maintain an easy 40mpg over a mixture of roads, which is pretty handy for a big, bulky hatchback that’ll reel off a 0-60 in less than 8.5sec and – more tellingly – has enough mid-range whoomp to worry mid-range 3-series BMWs.

This version of VAG’s 2-litre turbodiesel engine develops a stonking 258lb ft of torque at just 1800rpm. It is also mated to a slick, light-action six-speed manual gearbox so you can stay in the thick of the action (the urge starts to fade at 4000rpm and the red line is just 500rpm later). There’s more than a suggestion of throttle-lag, however, while it rattles and thrums like the worst sort of old-school diesel.

The vRS has always ridden and handled well, even if it can’t match its more glamorous cousin the Golf GTI for feedback and flingability. This diesel version feels a little nose-heavy compared with the petrol vRS, a little less instantly biddable, but once settled into a turn it flows through pleasantly enough and you can cover ground at a very impressive lick. It’s a good car, if not quite a four-star evo car. But you’ve got to do really, really big mileages to justify it over the petrol-engined vRS.

Specifications

EngineIn-line 4-cyl, 1968cc, turbodiesel
Max power168bhp @ 4200rpm
Max torque258lb ft @ 1800rpm
0-608.5sec (claimed
Top speed140mph (claimed)
On saleNow

Most Popular

McMurtry Spéirling fan car claims Goodwood FoS hillclimb record
McMurtry Spéirling
Electric cars

McMurtry Spéirling fan car claims Goodwood FoS hillclimb record

The McMurtry Spéirling has dethroned the Volkswagen ID R as the fastest car to complete Goodwood hillclimb
26 Jun 2022
Mercedes-AMG C43 2022 review – can AMG really rival the M340i with just four cylinders?
Mercedes-AMG C43 – header
Mercedes C-Class

Mercedes-AMG C43 2022 review – can AMG really rival the M340i with just four cylinders?

Two cylinders and a turbo down on its predecessor, the C43 still has it where it counts
28 Jun 2022
BMW M4 Competition xDrive 2022 review – is the all-wheel-drive M4 really the best one?
BMW M4 Competition xDrive – header
BMW M4

BMW M4 Competition xDrive 2022 review – is the all-wheel-drive M4 really the best one?

It might be easy to dismiss the BMW M4 Competition xDrive as the sensible option, but be in no doubt, this is about as good as sports coupes get
29 Jun 2022