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Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0 TFSI Hatch Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

In rather conspicuous but nevertheless gorgeous Storm Blue metallic paint and adorned with a sizeable boot spoiler, a gaping, aggressive front grille and chunky bumpers, shiny red brake callipers, sporty 18” Neptune alloy wheels and a few tasteful vRS badges dotted around the place, the Škoda Octavia vRS hatch certainly makes for an attention-grabbing package. But does it drive as well as it looks and how does it fare in general terms?

2012-06-16 Skoda Octavia vRS TFSI petrol 200PS hatch road test review by Oliver Hammond SimonsCarSpots - lead photo

Czech me out!

Having reviewed a whole stream of white-coloured press cars over recent weeks, I was delighted when my latest test car, the Škoda Octavia vRS hatch, rolled up in a wonderfully sporty, vivid and invigorating shade of electric blue. Red brake callipers make any decent car look even more meaningful, but spoilers can sometimes make or break a car. The Octavia vRS is well-respected without any hint of chaviness about it and I think the whole sport package is pulled off rather well, in a classy, desirable kind of way. In my view, it looks great from most angles, especially to the front and sides. This generation of the Octavia has been around since 2005 and was facelifted in 2009, but the rear could perhaps do with some fresh cosmetic work once again. This is the kind of sports hatch that can be appreciated by both younger sections of society and also the more mature. Obviously, if you want slightly more discretion, just opt for one of the more subtle colour choices. Size-wise, despite being quite large at 4.57m in length and just over 2m wide including wing mirrors, it’s a fairly easy car to drive, even without parking sensors. And being made by Škoda who are part of the Volkswagen Group (VAG), it has an exceptionally solid and reliable image to it. Although not perhaps quite as meticulously built as an Audi, the Octavia looks inarguably solid with nice tight panels. As with the rest of their current range in general, Škoda have given the Octavia Continue Reading →

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Skoda Superb Estate 2.0 TDI CR 140PS DSG Elegance – Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

Hot on the heels of the Skoda Yeti he drove and loved a couple of weeks ago, Oliver spent a week with Skoda’s boldly-named car with executive intentions, the Superb, in estate guise, to see if it cuts the mustard as a businessperson’s mile-muncher and as a family car.

Skoda Superb Estate 2-0 TDI CR 140PS DSG DPF Elegance Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond - exterior main

I was a big fan of the original Škoda Superb in terms of its looks and the excellent VAG quality package it offered at very appealing prices, so out of all the press cars lined up for January, I must admit that the Škoda Superb was the one I was especially looking forward to. My heart leapt when the delivery driver pulled up in a beautiful, dark-coloured Škoda Superb Estate equipped with the DSG gearbox and an attractive leather interior.

The figures… the spec!

I would be spending the next week with this, a 2.0 TDI CR 140PS DSG DPF model in Elegance trim, costing £26,410 on the road, which includes the 18” Themisto alloy wheels (our test car mysteriously had unidentifiable but nevertheless attractive 6-spoke alloys fitted), a multifunction steering wheel, bi-Xenon headlights with Adaptive Front-Light System, the Columbus colour touchscreen sat nav with voice control, SD card reader and 32GB storage for music, full leather, Bluetooth phone system and all kinds of other brilliant kit. So the three optional extras fitted to my press car seemed quite low-key, they being Continue Reading →

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Skoda Yeti 1.8 TSI SE Plus 4×4 – Road Test Review by Oliver Hammond

When we announced that the car being reviewed by SimonsCarSpots this week was coming in the form of a Škoda Yeti, yep, you bet – we heard them all! Abominable, Snowman, Bigfoot, Monster, Ugly… the list goes on. But despite the preconceptions, the Škoda Yeti has been heaped with praise by most people who have driven one. Read on to find out why Oliver Hammond equally concurs that the Škoda Yeti is one stonking little-big car on many levels…

Skoda Yeti 1-8 TSI 4x4 road test review by Oliver Hammond - rural front

Prices for the Škoda Yeti range from a few quid under £14,000 for the 1.2 TSI 105bhp petrol 2WD model in ‘E’ trim specification, up to £22,635-ish for the range-topping 2.0 TDI CR 170bhp diesel 4×4 in ‘Elegance’ specification. The particular model Škoda provided us with for this week-long test was the 1.8 TSI petrol model which produces 152bhp, has a 6-speed manual gearbox and costs in the region of £20,440 in the tested ‘SE Plus’ trim and ‘basic’ 4×4 guise.

Cute and capable in an Ian Hislop kind of way

The Škoda Yeti’s looks are pretty divisive. Some people hate them, others are ambivalent, while many are very taken with its styling – me included. The Yeti is the Czech manufacturer’s most recent model and marks a bold move for the ever-daring and successful firm. Škoda’s family face with its distinctive chrome-bordered grille is present in the Yeti but incorporated into an altogether more aggressive design, with its ‘can do’ stance, large, high-up headlights, inset circular lights just beneath and a body-coloured chin. To me, Jozef Kaban and his team have done a really good job of styling the Yeti’s front end, as it somehow manages to blend ruggedness and ability with exquisitely detailed, happy-go-lucky cuteness. The Yeti’s face won’t appeal to everyone and in many ways you could call it a unobvious choice which is more of a thinking person’s car, but it certainly stands out from the crowd and its serious yet cuddly styling is sure to win increasing numbers of fans as time goes on.

Skoda Yeti 1-8 TSI 4x4 road test review by Oliver Hammond - rural front very close

Perhaps odd in theory, but great in practice

Moving around the exterior, the attention to detail is continually highlighted. For a start, the headlight covers have ‘Yeti’ embossed into them and the lamp unit has been styled with design in mind, hinted at by the ‘gills’. The cavernous wheel arches well emphasise the car’s off-road intentions, as do the Continue Reading →

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