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 →