Skoda Octavia vRS review - Reliability and Safety
Always finishes highly in our Driver Power survey, and mechanicals are all well-proven
Both Skoda as a brand and the Octavia itself have finished consistently highly in our Driver Power customer satisfaction surveys in the last few years. In 2019, the Octavia finished in 28th place, well within in the survey's top 100 cars. Skoda itself finished in an impressive fifth place out of 30 manufacturers.
The Octavia features further peace-of-mind in the form of a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. The adult and child occupant protection rating was extremely high, while it did just enough in the pedestrian and safety assist category to warrant the highest rating.
The usual array of airbags is offered on every model, while vRS spec cars get features like hill-hold assist, dynamic headlights, lane-keep assist and post-collision braking to prevent further accidents after a crash.
The Octavia vRS gets an average (but not exceptional) three-year warranty, with the first two years' mileage unlimited and the third year limited to 60,000 miles. Some rivals beat that with a five-year warranty, but Skoda’s one is pretty much par for the course in this sector. You also get a three-year paint warranty and 12 years of protection against corrosion.
You will be required to service the Octavia vRS after 12,500 miles in the first year, and then both petrol and diesel models on the fixed interval scheme need attention every two years or 20,000 miles. Some cars will be part of a variable scheme, however, which can see the mileage limit increase or decrease depending on how its used. Skoda dealers fare exceptionally well in our Driver Power survey, so you should get good service and decent value from each visit.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Skoda Octavia vRS is a hot hatch with a difference, as it delivers more practicality than any of its rivals
- 2Engines, performance and driveNot the most engaging around, but it's grippy, composed and a more mature way of going quickly
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsNot quite as good as the Golf GTI, but still commendable given the performance on offer
- 4Interior, design and technologySporty upgrades help lift the dull regular Octavia, but it's still quite a subtle and understated hot hatch
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceJust about the roomiest in its class. The Octavia's huge boot and ample rear space transfer unharmed to the vRS
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingAlways finishes highly in our Driver Power survey, and mechanicals are all well-proven