Skoda Octavia VRS, A GTI In Sensible Shoes

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
skoda octavia vrs a gti in sensible shoes

The Skoda Octavia vRS is almost like the VW Jetta GLI we should have gotten. Using the MK7 GTI’s MQB platform and 217-horsepower four-cylinder powertrain, the Octavia vRS is also available with a 2.0 TDI engine making 180 horsepower – and both powertrains can be had with the wagon bodystyle you see above.

With a price point below that of VW while offering identical performance, the previous Octavia vRS models were something of a cult performance car in Europe – and a favorite of the local constabulary in many parts of the UK. Especially the wagon. Too bad we won’t see this stateside in any form – now that the Jetta has become its own North American-spec car, the Octavia’s closest relative isn’t even available to us anymore.

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  • Stingray65 Stingray65 on Jun 06, 2013

    Interesting thing about quality - in most of Europe Skoda get higher quality ratings / owner satisfaction ratings from JD Power type surveys than VW or Audi. Perhaps the lower Skoda price leads to lower expectations (and higher satisfaction), but the end result is that Skoda seems to put together their VW parts bin components in a manner that provides the same or better quality to owners.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jun 10, 2013

    If you showed 10 Americans the side profile of that car and asked them what brand, I bet 8 would say Audi. It's got A4 tail lights from 10 years ago.

  • Analoggrotto Does it include a date with Mary Barra?
  • Tassos ask me if I care.
  • ToolGuy • Nice vehicle, reasonable price, good writeup. I like your ALL CAPS. 🙂"my mid-trim EX tester is saddled with dummy buttons for a function that’s not there"• If you press the Dummy button, does a narcissist show up spouting grandiose comments? Lol.
  • MaintenanceCosts These are everywhere around here. I'm not sure the extra power over a CR-V hybrid is worth the fragile interior materials and the Kia dealership experience.
  • MaintenanceCosts It's such a shame about the unusable ergonomics. I kind of like the looks of this Camaro and by all accounts it's the best-driving of the current generation of ponycars. A manual 2SS would be a really fun toy if only I could see out of it enough to drive safely.