Why should I want it?
Talk about under the radar. The Octavia vRS Estate is basically a Volkswagen Golf GTI in a sober suit. It has space for five adults in the cabin, and pretty much everything they own in the boot. Add in the fact it’ll accelerate past 62mph in less than seven seconds and sound great while doing so, and it’s a no-brainer for business drivers who want to have fun, but who don’t want anyone else to know they’re having a hoot.
Why can’t I have it?
It’s a £32,000 Skoda that is neither as a big nor a cheap to run as a £26k Skoda, because the Superb Estate makes a better business option. And yes, it manages an official 40.2mpg, but you aren’t going to get near that if you use the power the way the vRS badge entices you to.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
Emissions and fuel economy aren’t that bad for a car that has the Octavia’s pace. You can also argue the fact that the Skoda has more load-carrying ability than most posh-brand estates of an equivalent price.
More fleety alternative
The Skoda Superb Estate is exactly that – a superb estate. It has a boot area big enough to have a game of hide and seek in, and the back seat area is roomy enough for even the most laid-back of diplomats. The 218hp 1.4-litre plug-in hybrid isn’t that far off the vRS for pace, either.
|Skoda Octavia vRS|
|Performance:||6.8 seconds/155 mph|