You won't miss a single upload buying a new car, then head to car wow, and my team will help you find your next car at a fair price car wow, your one stop car buying comparison site, let's start off this video by talking about the price, because After all, it's a skoda they're supposed to offer value for money. Well, this vrs starts from thirty one and a half thousand pounds, but you don't wan na pay that do you. If you click on the pop out banner up there, you can save three thousand pounds off one of these cars through carway. Now, if you're thinking about buying a new car, this car any car for that matter – and you want to go check out the best deals on car wow, you can simply google help me car wow. I mean my team will help you choose the right car for you and get it for a fair price from one of our trusted dealers. Now, even when you take that car saving into account, you're still paying quite a bit more for this car than your normal entry level octavia. So what are you getting extra? Well, you get a redesigned front end with a deeper sportier front. Bumper, you get a black grille there's, some honeycomb effect down here. You'Ve got your vrs badging there you get led matrix headlights as standard, so they can blank out part of their beam so that you don't dazzle oncoming drivers and you also get some fake vents here.
These vents, though these are real. They help smooth air over the side of the car and the wheels at the side. The vrs gets 19 inch alloys as standard which is pretty good, and you get red brake calipers. They improve your braking performance by a lot. The vrs also gets black window surrounds, blacked out rear windows and black door mirrors here at the back, you get a deeper, more aggressive bumper than the standard car, black badging yeah and the vrs badge as well plus. Look a little bit lip spoiler. How sport is that and a sort of weird defusory thing: won't diffuse anything you've got real exhaust pipes, though they are inside these massive fake exhaust surrounds it's a little bit, augmented that it's kind of like the automotive equivalent of having a boob job. Men can have boob jobs as well. You know when they're trying to make their picks look bigger, it's kind of like that here on the inside, the vrs gets some enhancements, including a sport steering wheel with a vrs badge on it, and thankfully skoda hasn't gone down. The same route as volkswagen having those horrible touch sensitive buttons on the steering wheel. These are normal physical buttons, which you can actually operate easily biggest change, probably are the sport seats, though i like the look of them they're, quite nice, vrs written on them as well. You'Ve also got vrs on the kick plates and probably know some red stitching about the place as well, not so sure about this fake carbon fiber plastic on the dash and alcantara, also known as fake suede trim here on the dash that's all right, i suppose, on The infotainment system, the pictures of the car, are of the vrs model, as you can see, it's even got a little badge on it there and you get some specific vrs sporty gauges like charge.
Pressure and stuff like for your turbo charger. We'Ve also got some sporty aluminium pedals, and that is pretty much it other than that it's, just like the normal octavia, so it's fairly decent on the inside some scratchy plastics here and there, and a horrendous nasty plasticky child's toy like selector for the automatic gearbox i'll. Probably just go for the manual because that's so hideous, i really don't know what they're doing with that it's just crap. Now, if you actually want my full in depth, video review on the skoda, octavia, the interior, the infotainment system and all that kind of stuff click on the pop out banner up there to watch my full in depth. Review of the octavia model range here in the back, you get the sport seats as well, and actually you notice, especially on this middle part. The material does feel a little bit. Budget control has been cancelled because it has been paused for a long time. Oh that's, nice thanks for just alerting me of that skoda interrupting me as i was saying, yeah your material used for your seats, it's a bit crappy the material in the golf's nicer. Just is oh look at this, though. Back of the sport seats yeah a little pouch for your mobile phone, though it'd be better if it was higher up because then you could just slot your phone in there and watch it while you're being driven along other than that it's, just like the normal octavia.
So loads of room really really big practical car good for families they like to go quickly. We might as well talk about the boot because for a sporty car, it's massive 600 liters of space. So if you like to get a track days and you rip through your tyres, you can have some spare wheels in the back of this. The only things i can complain about really with this boot is that you can't put the parcel shelf underneath the fourth floor. So you just stick a lot out and when you fold the rear seats down there's a bit of a ridge, there look you're trying to push things to the front yeah that's. All i can complain about really it's still impressive, really impressive, but it does bring me on to five annoying things about the skoda octavia vrs. Ideally sporty cars should have the driving mode button on the steering wheel, or at least nearby, like here, but on this car it's way over there. So you really do have to look down to press it like ah take your eyes off the road. Then, when you press it, you can't actually cycle through the modes by pressing the button, you have to just press that to get the driving mode selection up on the screen and then press the mode you want. Why make it so hard it's too late or i've? Crashed one or the other: this is supposed to be a sporty car.
Yet when you rev it, it sounds like this. Do you want to see how difficult it is to turn off the stability control? It'S, not something you're going to be able to suddenly do at the press of a button, because you have to do it through the infotainment screen, so you hit vehicle. Then you swipe across to brakes. Obviously, and then you click on esc system, then you turn it off there. That was easy. Not we expect a spotty car to have a start button, and this octave vrs does it's just hidden away here, where you normally put the key. Why don't you have it on the dash or down here on the center console like other sporty cars. This vrs may well be at the top of the octavia range, but you don't get a reversing camera as standard. You have to pay an extra 600 pounds for one which is a bit of a jib. Thankfully, this car has plenty of cool features to help make up for all this here's five, the petroleum version of the vrs gets a front limited slip, differential as standard and it's electronically controlled, and it can send power 100 of it to whichever front wheel has the Most grip to help catapult your other bend. You get stiffer suspension than the standard octavia. Also the ride height is lowered by 15 millimeters about that much which helps with the road holding as well. It makes it look a bit meaner, there's, upgraded sports brakes with larger diameter discs for improved stopping performance.
Skoda has given this car something called progressive steering and i could bore you with the exact mechanical details of how it operates. But, to summarise, it makes the car feel nice and responsive yet not too twitchy when you're driving quickly and then nice and easy to maneuver. When you're going slowly, the most important upgrade on the octavia vrs is, of course, its engine, and the one on this particular car i have here is a two liter turbo charged force in the petrol with 245 horsepower and 370 newton meters of torque. It drives the front wheels only via either a six speed manual or a 7 speed, dual clutch automatic gearbox, but you can get some other engines. One is a two liter four cylinder turbocharged diesel with 200 horsepower and 400 newton meters of torque. It can do almost 56 miles per gallon now that car's available as either front wheel, drive or all wheel drive finally there's the plug in hybrid version, so that has a 1.4 litre turbocharged petrol engine, combined with an electric motor to give you 245 horsepower and 400 Newton meters of torque, you can get its front wheel, drive automatic. Only now. Skoda says that car can average around 250 miles per gallon. Yeah right that's, not gon na happen in reality. Now, when you plug it in you can charge the batteries from entry to full. In around two hours, if you've got a seven kilowatt wall charger – and you can drive an electric power alone for up to ' miles problem with that car, though it's quite heavy it's about 130 kilos heavier than this petrol only version because of all the batteries and Stuff, like that, also it doesn't get the clever front limited slip differential.
So my question is which version of the octavia vrs? Should you go for well i'm going to configure the model, i think is the best and get an offer back from one of our trusted car wow dealers so to find out – which i think is the best version of the octavia vrs click on the pop up Banner up there to go check out the car and the deal i've just got on it. Scada says that this octavia vrs with the dsg automatic gearbox, can do naught260 in 6.7 seconds i'm going to find out right now using my specialist timing gear. Here, however, is a bit wet so i'm, not sure that we're actually going to achieve that, but let's try it anyway got the car in sports mode. Esc is in sport, i'll just floor. The brake draw the throttle. Let'S. Do it come on? Oh horrible, all right again, oh i can smell tires. Do you know what, though, despite the fact that i was basically spinning my wheels for about two seconds, it seemed like didn't order. 167.1 seconds point four of a second off. Despite the dreadful launch. This engine is pretty strong, you know it's smooth it's willing and it provides power right from low down it's a good engine. This no wonder a load of police forces are buying these skoda, octavia vrs's, to use as chase cars. They'Re, quick i'm gon na try it one more time. Let'S give it one more go: launch control! Let'S! Do it come on dip out? Oh no it's really struggling.
I think it's gon na do the same 7.1. Let'S, try again front wheel, drive cars on wet roads, you're, never going to launch well let's strike again, though looks a bit dryer here come on hawk, oh that's, a horrible sound that what did we do? Yes? Finally, yes managed to do a 6.78 in the wet and it spun its wheels told me this engine's great. However, if you want a four wheel, drive hot hatch click on the pop out band up there to watch my video, my favorite new car of 2020. it's, brilliant click up there to see what it is. Okay, let's see just how sporty this skoda is coming for. Some twisty roads now i'm going to put it into sports mode. Okay, so let's add a bit of weight to the steering and sharpened the throttle response and the shifts from the automatic gearbox so what's it like actually there's a good thing where it just flows with the road. Even though you've got sporty suspension stops it leaning in the bends, but it doesn't feel too bouncy, which is good, which means that even on our crappy british roads, where there's holes and bumps and stuff it doesn't lose grip and starts bouncing about all over the place. The steering's pretty sharp as well allows you to put the car exactly where you want it and it's quite intuitive and that diff yeah i have a corner. You can definitely feel it hooking up and like dragging you through the corner, i like it.
There is one thing, though, while it is pretty decent fun, the golf is a little bit sharper to drive and if you want the hottest hot hatch front, wheel, drive car on a twisty road it's, a honda, civic type arm. It just is, and if you want to see my video review of that car click on my banner up there, there is one thing i've noticed about this car, though, which is a bit annoying when you start to lose traction and you're accelerating. You can really feel the front wheels skipping and they bounce and it sends a vibration and a shock through the steering wheel and it's, not very nice. It makes the car feel cheap. Come on. Oh horrible that's, my only major complaint about the driving experience. Final thing to talk about, though gearshift this automatic gearbox is pretty responsive when you're on it. It really is. It responds nicely bit delayed on the old downshift press. It slight delay, but not much up shifts are instantaneous. Upshift uh upshift downshift delay just a fraction of a second we're splitting airs, though up or down it changes gears quicker than i ever could doing it myself. This vrs version of the octavia or octavia octavia. I could never decide anyway, it's still in octavia. It needs to be good for the day to day duties and the boredom of just driving around town. So here i am in town now. One of the great things about this car is that you get progressive, steering as standard, so you can go from dead ahead to full, lock in just one turn of the wheel, which is brilliant for do those maneuvers round mini roundabouts and stuff like that.
Now, if you've seen my video review of the golf gti you're, probably thinking this sounds awfully similar, but it's not surprising because they share so many parts, the suspension's comfy enough around town it's, firmer than the normal octavia that's to be expected. You do feel a few bumps, but it's fine, absolutely fine. However, if i was buying this car, i paid the extra thousand pounds for the adaptive dampers that gives you a comfort mode and when it's in comfort mode on those adapted dampers, it really is super comfortable. You wouldn't know it was a sporty car, then until you wanted, then you press the support button and then it firms everything up. I definitely pay the extra for that. Definitely – and i recommend you do too one last thing to check, though economy, so i can get up on the screen here: 36 miles per gallon it's. All right, i could put the car into eco mode, but what's the point of having a vrs and driving around in eco mode. In fact, q eco mode, you it's, probably a bit extreme let's, see what this go. Rocked rv is like to drive on the motorway for 700 pounds. You can get adaptive cruise control so i'll. Do that thing to keep you safe distance from the car in front using a radar that's? What i'm doing now it'll also steer to keep you in lane hands off the wheel there we go suddenly weaving around and keeping me in lane.
That'S great makes driving long distances super easy now, when you're just cruising along. What is this car like on the motorway? Absolutely fine question is, though, vrs sporty? Is it good for overtaking so let's say i'm at 50, caught behind someone really slow, let's see what it's like overtaking there. We go i'm going to floor. It see how the gearbox and engine responds floored it bit of a delay, kicked down and now i'm off that's the beauty of this engine. Once your gearbox has changed down, it does take off really really well now. I'M cruising at high speed at 70. there's. One thing i'm noticing about this car quite a bit of wind noise here or is it the tyres not entirely sure? Interestingly, i drove a golf gti on the motorway recently and it's quieter than this. It definitely is i'm hearing the noise from those slightly bigger tyres because it's a sporty car just reverberating around this larger cabin. The sound insulation isn't as good on this, as in the golf gti it's not far off but it's, just not quite as relaxing that'd, be more relaxing look now the e tron no engine or anything wish. I was in that actually so then what's. My final verdict on the new skoda: octavia vrs: should you avoid it? Should you consider it, should you shortlist it or should you just go right ahead and buy it? Well, if you're, the buyer for the motorway police just go right ahead and buy it, the crooks don't like this you'll be able to chase them down.
However, for everyone else, shortlist it because it's not the most fun hot hatch, but it is easily the most practical. I hope you all enjoyed the video. If you did, please give it a like. If you click on that window, there you can watch my video review of the hyundai i30n fastback or down there for a drag race involving some hot hatches. And if you click on that box there you can get a car wow to see how much money you can save.