The Skoda Octavia vRS is a sportier variant of the standard mid-size hatchback that’s become a staple family car since its first generation debuted around the turn of the century, but you might be surprised just how much power they’ve managed to pack into it. Here’s five ways the vRS leaves the competition in the dust.
With a top speed of about 146mph, the vRS not only outstrips the base model by close to 30mph, it also outperforms many of its direct competitors—other sportified variants of family hatchbacks. With the Renault Clio III GT 1.6 left far behind at 122mph, and the Honda Accord Type-R and the Kia Proceed GT edged out at 142mph and 143mph respectively.
6.8 seconds, again outperforming the Proceed’s 7.4 seconds and the Clio GT’s 9.9 and even this year’s Honda Accord Sport sedan, which comes in at 7 seconds, and its Hybrid configuration at 7.1.
Torque is effectively a measure of raw engine power and as far as that goes the vRS doesn’t have much competition. Its 173lb-ft of muscle outstrips the Clio’s 114 (Renault’s offering can’t seem to catch a break in these comparisons) and the Accord’s 159.
But power is only good if you can control it and in the vRS, unlike rivals with more torque like the Ford Focus ST, the force is working for you and not against you.
Horsepower is all about how the vehicle performs at high levels. With 177bhp the vRS beats out other sleek family cars like the Hyundai i40 saloon at 113bhp and the Kia Optima at 139.
This one might seem odd—it’s a little hard to measure objectively—but its definitely a consideration the vRS’s favour, and one that there’s plenty of evidence for.
Despite being a bigger car than the Volkswagen GTI, its closest rival which even uses the same engine, it manages to match it in output while being £3,000 cheaper, and if that’s not verifiable value I don’t know what is.
The Octavia’s vRS configuration is more than a match for its contemporaries, so just imagine what the rumoured Skoda Superb vRS will be able to do.