Skoda (with a little help from VW) have done a fantastic job in turning around what was once seen as an inferior product. Ironically, we have customers who would rather jump into the Skoda Octavia or Superb than the equivalent VW Passat or even some of the prestige and luxury brands – BMW, Mercedes and Audi. With a reputation for a clinical quality together with affordable luxury, Skoda have managed to produce a car which is actually seen above some of the usual company car competitors – the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia being the main ones. With the launch of a new SUV 5 and 7 seat option in the Skoda Kodiaq, perhaps cars like the Nissan X-Trail and even the Discovery Sport will see a decline in demand?
The car pictured here is one of the Skoda’s most popular leasing deals, the Skoda OCTAVIA DIESEL HATCHBACK 2.0 TDI CR vRS 5dr DSG with:
· Black Magic Pearl Paint;
· vRS cloth – Black with red stitching; and
· 18″ Gemini anthracite alloy wheels.
The vRS is the car which offers the strongest personality within the brand. The basic specification includes privacy glass/tinted glass, sports suspicion, Bluetooth, LED lights, cruise control, 18” alloys (with 19” alloy upgrades available), rear parking sensors, Amundsen sat nav, sport seats, body coloured features, interior light package and the light assistant (coming home lights). In terms of factory upgrades, you would only need to add front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control and a Winter Pack to make this a perfect sporty car option.
Form a technical perspective, the 2.0 diesel engine offers 184ps (as per the VW Golf GTD and Seat Leon FR) which propels the car to 62 mph in circa 8 seconds. In terms of efficiency, the CO2 at 129g/km and MPG of 57.7, make this a fairly measured company car option. The DSG, a 6 speed semi-auto, is almost certainly the model to go for over the manual, particularly if you are a high-mileage user.
Anyone covering over 15,000 to 20,000 per annum needs to think about an automatic option instead of the manual (budget dependent).
With the new Skoda Octavia due May 17’, customers will be keen to ensure that none of the ruthless and aggressive design out of the vRS are lost. There will be some mechanical changes with a new 227bhp engine to be offered with the MY18 Edition. This 2.0 litre petrol, 4-cylinder, engine will get you to 62mpoh in an admirable 6.7 seconds.
What do you think to the vRS – would it be enough to tempt you away from the premium or prestige brands?
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