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★★★★☆

“good handling. good acceleration. good and stylish...”

Written on: 03/07/2012 by kiddy (2 reviews written)

good handling. good acceleration. good and stylish design. overall a very good family car… Read Full Review

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“octavia vrs brilliant”

Written on: 18/05/2012

fantastic handling super quick car cant believe that you can build a car this good for under 20000 the only reason people dont buy in bigger numbers is the fact its got a skoda badge more fool them… Read Full Review

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“The Skoda Octavia RS is a great car built on a study...”

Written on: 23/04/2010

The Skoda Octavia RS is a great car built on a study platform of the main Octavia chassis. The VRS edition has a faster engine than standard and has been lowered to look more sporty and appealing, especially to the younger driver and also making th Skod brand more appealing to the younger generation.

It is very spacious and can allow for 4 people sitting comfortably and for long journeys. These cars are built to be reliable and easy to maintain and so far the costs have been very good. I would… Read Full Review

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“wot can i say the car big fast wot more do u need”

Written on: 15/10/2009

wot can i say the car big fast wot more do u need… Read Full Review

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“Exorbitant prices of spare parts for Skoda Octavia,...”

Written on: 14/03/2009 by thakker (1 review written)

Exorbitant prices of spare parts for Skoda Octavia, Service quality very poor, Road clearance very low Not suitable for Indian Roads… Read Full Review

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Written on: 26/05/2011

Perhaps the issue is with Indian roads and not the car itself.

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★★★★★

“The petrol Octavia vrs is by far the best car I have...”

Written on: 10/01/2009 by tredon (1 review written)

The petrol Octavia vrs is by far the best car I have ever had. The acceleration especially in 2nd and 3rd gear is terrific. My last car was 2.0 litre Honda Accord sport which I thought was quite good until this new vrs. There really is no comparison. I was unsure of owning a Skoda having grown up right in the middle of all the Skoda/Lada jokes but one test drive soon wiped that away. My son is in his early 20's and he loves driving it just as much as me. Take a test drive with a salesman who… Read Full Review

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“The car is good in pick up wise, body built and...”

Written on: 11/05/2008 by wanted143 (1 review written)

The car is good in pick up wise, body built and fitness. The car is bad for indian roads since the ground clearance is not at all good and the cabin space should also be improved. Where as in the compitative world the maintenance of the vechile should be less… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The Skoda Octavia RS is a good all rounder, power,...”

Written on: 16/04/2008 by yamiuchi (1 review written)

The Skoda Octavia RS is a good all rounder, power, room (3 adults in the back is tight but ok), good looking, best colours are black and silver, you will pay extra for 2nd hand cars with all the extras but cruise control well worth hunting for. I have had one for nearly 6 months and been more than happy with it. I have a problem with the central locking at the moment which can be a pain when filling up with fuel due to the petrol cap being linked to it. Can get to the cap release in the boot… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I like the Skoda in general and the RS looks good, it...”

Written on: 07/03/2008 by Peter Nolan (1 review written)

I like the Skoda in general and the RS looks good, it just needs something more to make it stand out from the rest of the Skoda family. The spoiler looks a bit normal and perhaps a bit too large. In general the car could do with a bit of a body revamp, just to make it look cooler… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“A fantastic performance hatch in all respects. Race...”

Written on: 08/11/2007 by ianthorne (1 review written)

A fantastic performance hatch in all respects. Race blue is spot on. Very nice interior trim, loads of room, please go and buy one. Very quick, comfort, economy on grown up journeys!, stereo, space, equipment, price, just about everything else. front wiper arms do not lift from screen when lovingly washing it. I keep hurting my fingers when scrubbing the brake calipers! Nothing else… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I have owned my Skoda Octavia RS for just under a...”

Written on: 08/06/2007 by Riss71 (10 reviews written)

I have owned my Skoda Octavia RS for just under a week, having previously owned a 2.0 WRX Impreza Wagon PPP, which cost the earth to run, hence why I now own a Octavia. I wanted the performance without the cost and boy have I found it.

The Octavia is a fine car, excellent quality build, super performance (OK not as fast as the Subaru, but it could be with a few tweaks here and there and some little mods and a bit of a re-map) anyway back to the point, I recently went on a journey only 200 or… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“My regular 2.0L TFSI vRS is having some back ordered...”

Written on: 23/04/2007 by garethrichmond (2 reviews written)

My regular 2.0L TFSI vRS is having some back ordered bits fitted, so I asked if I could 'borrow' a 2.0L TDI vRS whilst the work was being done, just for comparison sake. I've only had the car a day so this is by no means an in-depth review, just my initial observations. Whilst not quite chalk and cheese there are some differences between the TFSI & the TDI vRS's. The TDI feels quite front heavy and not as sharp on the initial turn in as the petrol model and the acceleration in the first two… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Wanted one of these for a couple of years. First time...”

Written on: 19/04/2007 by adge (1 review written)

Wanted one of these for a couple of years. First time I drove it was blown away, what performance for such small outlay. As for the badge don't worry most discerning motorists have wised up and realise what a cracking motor they are. Mine is black, have read the comments about keeping it clean, but when you fall in love with a motor like this cleaning it is a joy. Haven't stopped grinning since I got it!… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“I work as a driving instructor for the fire service....”

Written on: 27/03/2007 by redstorm100 (1 review written)

I work as a driving instructor for the fire service. We tested BMW, Vauxhall, Ford and Skoda.... The Skoda out performed all the others, especially in the handling and ergonomics side of things. It has great build quality and I didn't feel that I needed to blush either just because it was a Skoda. I want one...bring on those hot hatches!… Read Full Review

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“just love it..................”

Written on: 28/08/2006 by rdj (1 review written)

just love it… Read Full Review

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“Having thought about what new company car to get and...”

Written on: 18/06/2006 by KDR152 (1 review written)

Having thought about what new company car to get and being offered a Skoda L&K, I drove a Octavia VRs and placed the order. Picked the car up Monday 12th June with a 190 mile journey ahead of me.
First impressions - Looked great, drove well - Very easy to control, great road presence, unbelievably comfortable considering I'm 6ft 2", just felt glad that all the mickey taking over ordering a Skoda would be in vain. A fantastic vehicle with bags of space.
Heres the advice bit - I looked at… Read Full Review

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257987_Philblueshine's Response to KDR152's Review

Written on: 02/09/2006

Thanks for the review. I bought the Fabia VRS for the fuel economy and performance, but I will consider the Octavia VRS next time if it gives 40mpg.

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Taylos409's Response to KDR152's Review

Written on: 01/12/2006

40mpg? hahaha I've had 39.9, but that was by driving very sensibly. When I first got my Skoda Octavia RS in 2002, I was getting around 26mpg. I've calmed down a bit, and I am currently getting around 31mpg. Bang your foot down and it drinks like me on a Saturday night!

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★★★★★

“I've had the Skoda Octavia RS since new and its done...”

Written on: 14/06/2006 by skoda1 (1 review written)

I've had the Skoda Octavia RS since new and its done 32500 miles.
I've just had a new water pump and thermostate fitted to the tune of £400.
I can't fault the preformance and handling of the car it's A1
The parts however are a bit unreliable… Read Full Review

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“I have owned my Skoda Octavia RS now for 3 months, it...”

Written on: 29/05/2006 by ClarkeEccles (1 review written)

I have owned my Skoda Octavia RS now for 3 months, it is my 3rd Octavia having already owned the 20 valve SLX and 2.0 Elegance. I doubt whether there is another car that will go this fast for the money in it's category. It is also very economical when driven sensibly 35-40mpg. Having tried all the premium brands of fuel, Shell Optimax delivers the best performance. If your looking for economy, practicality and blistering performance for not a lot of money, this is the car to buy… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Only had the Skoda Octavia RS a couple of weeks, so I...”

Written on: 13/05/2006 by Brooner (2 reviews written)

Only had the Skoda Octavia RS a couple of weeks, so I apologise that the review is not really in depth!
Now it's run in, I have to say the performace is superb. I get it in the right gear (like any turbo) and it flys!!
It's comfortable, handles well with a golf club friendly boot, and seems to be fairly easy on fuel if you are easy with the throttle (been getting an average of about 36-37mpg)
No problems with reliability so far, but it has only been a fortnight!

I feel I should point out that… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“I already own a 2001 Octavia vRS and have had it since...”

Written on: 19/03/2006 by jazzRS360 (15 reviews written)

I already own a 2001 Octavia vRS and have had it since new. Having already covered over 91,000 miles, I still think it's amazing. However, this is a review for the new 2.0T FSi engined Octavia vRS, which I have been interested in buying as a replacement. After three in depth test drives, I have decided no, and here is why...
It looks decent, as predicted. It has a pleasing shape, the usual subtle body mods. However, I can't help feeling that some of the older model's macho look has gone. The… Read Full Review

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Ivan1890's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 21/03/2006

What a GREAT review. Your enthusiasm just oozes off the page. Well done! Your review made me smile though as I remember the days (not so very long ago) when the word 'Skoda' was a joke in the motoring world. How things have changed! It just proves that a bad image can be turned round with patience, persistence, and a solid product. Conversely, I see prestigious marques such as Jaguar and Bentley sliding downhill following overseas takeovers. Give me a 2-litre Skoda as opposed to a 2-litre Jaguar any day. I hope to read some more gripping stuff from you soon!

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440943_Skoda Skip Man's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 15/02/2009

I found this review helpful because...i was concerned about milage on my 05 vrs 38000k not now

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440943_Skoda Skip Man's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 15/02/2009

well iv got the 1.8 vrs and i think its the best its fast handles great good on fuel and looks fantastic! glad to hear yours has done 91000k thats made my mind up i will keep it was going to try the new one iv only got 38000k on mine 05 model

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Jazzrs360's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 17/03/2008

Decision made! My vRS has now covered close to 140k miles and so I'm going to keep it and just run it into the ground. I wouldn't get any decent price for it now anyhow. What I AM getting in addition is a 2002 Honda Accord Type-R, I collect it later this week. Absolutely fantastic driver's car, very rare, very quick, surprisingly easy to live with. Its fantastic. So it will be nice to compare the strengths and weaknesses of the vRS and the Type-R, VAG Turbo versus high-revving VTEC. Expect another Review shortly folks! :)

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Garethrichmond's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 11/04/2007

The Integra does look appealing, if somewhat mental, and I believe that the last Civic Type R was a tad harsh to live with day in day out. I suppose it comes down to what your main needs are. I always thought I'd go for the new Golf GTi when I first saw it, however, my wife has a Golf GTi and it's not big enough for me (I'm 6ft 2 and a rugby players build), baby, work etc. I'd still say that the Golf, Megane 225 et al are the more rewarding drivers cars, but are we good enough drivers to really tell the difference, especially as we spend most of our journey in traffic.
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<br/>Basically the combination of the whole package won it for me, more than quick enough, rewarding to drive and masses of space and equipment (all the moans about the Mark's lousy stereo are well and truly put to bed).
<br/>But, as you said there are many great cars in this sector, and I don't think there is a bad one, so It comes to what you want/need/prefer but I don't think you'd end up with a bad car either way. Keep us informed.

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Jazzrs360's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 09/04/2007

I'm glad your enjoying the new vRS, seems like its a nicer car to own than what it initially seems. I'm looking for a new car now myself (after having clocked 120k miles in my 2001) and the new vRS is certainly on my shopping list, although I still think the competition is really tight now. I've seen the Honda Integra Type-R DC5 which is absolutely gorgeous but is no way as practical as the vRS. Would like to test drive the Golf GTi for comparisons sake. Unsure about what I'll do, what you say about th vRS has got my brain ticking though...

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Garethrichmond's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 05/04/2007

OK, I'm a month into vRS Mark 2 ownership, and all I can say is 'what a car'! After living with this car day in day out, you really come to understand its talents, and you can begin to understand the reason for the 2k price hike - it's most definitely 2k's worth more car than the mark 1. Now don't get me wrong; I loved my 2002 vRS, and I still think it was a bench mark setting car, but as I am now 5 years older, I appreciate the more all round talents of the mark 2.
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<br/>The performance doesn't need me to waffle on to you all. You all know what you are on about, but just to say that this is a much quicker car than the mark 1, especially the way it accelerates from 70 onwards - it's astonishing! Even in 6th gear, within a few seconds you are in danger of losing your licence. It really is as quick as any of the other 'Hot Hatch' brigade (I'm talking real world, not on a track with a professional driver at the wheel). With the optional 18" wheels, the ride is firm but not harsh, turn in is quick and agile for a big, heavy car (in comparison to others) and grip is almost limitless (there is a corner near me which is left, on a slight crest and off camber, which always used to unsettle my mark 1 vRS, but the new one feels planted and confidence inspiring).
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<br/>Build quality is top drawer. I always felt my mark 1 was slightly less plush than the equivalent Golf, but the new one is right up there, if not slightly ahead. It's also more practical. Gone are the light grey carpets, and I personally feel the black roof lining is great.
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<br/>As I said before, it makes the Focus ST seem bland. You'd have to go for an ST2 or ST3 to get the same spec, and that ups the price. The same goes for the Golf and the new Civic Type R etc. So the vRS still represents great value for money.
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<br/>Only one down side - Black is a nightmare to keep clean. Any questions?

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Garethrichmond's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 15/01/2007

The car should be here in mid March. However, it's now coming in black with 18" Wheels. I'll let you all know what it's like. It would also seem someone has listened to our thread on the vRS being compared to the Mondeo ST 220 et al. This weeks Auto Express has a test with the vRS-TDI versus the ST-TDCI. The Ford didn't outshine the vRS in any department, the vRS was quicker, more powerful, and even with extras to bring the spec up to the ST's (which you now have to pay for with the new vRS, as my bank balance now knows), it was still around 4 grand cheaper. So, perhaps the motoring world is beginning to see that the VRS, as we know, is never going to out handle a Focus ST 220, Golf Gti or a Clio 197. But, as I thought, when compared to the class above, it still makes for a great bargain. Speak to you all soon.

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Jazzrs360's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 08/01/2007

Hello. I've driven the new Astra VXR just for comparison's sake. Call me slightly immature, but I really do like the styling. Vauxhall have really gone to town with beefing up the exterior, even if in the wrong colour it looks a little chav. The performance really blew me away though. The VXR has the kind of muscle that can keep pace with a Boxster or S2000 (in a straight at least). However, the handling seems to be flawed. Simply too much torque steer. I pitched it into a corner at speed, and the sales man next to me shrieked in panic - he knew, and I quickly realised that the VXR should be treated delicately on the bends. That's not to say the chassis isn't good, because I think it handles reasonably well, but push it hard and it's clear that there is simply too much power for the front. Perhaps some strut braces and harder coil-overs would help, but as standard, it's not the best choice for a twisty route.
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<br>I would like to drive the Leon Cupra next. I hear it's got all the muscle and is well equipped. I could be wrong, but I think it uses the V6 instead of the smaller Turbo. I look forward to having a go in that... Also, the new Mazda 3 MPS looks totally boring, but 256bhp?! It's certainly on my list to drive within the next few months.
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<br/>Gareth - congrats on your new VRS. Let us know what it's like on a day in day out basis!

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Taylos409's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 01/12/2006

Not been on here in a while, but I'm about to replace my VRS 180, which I have had from new (2002). I've done 50k, and I have enjoyed every minute. Rain water in the boot is annoying, as is the delay when braking in the wet. OK, it's scary more than annoying! Other problems are the green calipers now look tatty, and the hub badges are peeling off. Also, I had problems with my bonnet lifting at excessive speeds. On the plus side, it's very roomy, especially in the back, and the boot is massive. I have had 4 sets of golf clubs and two trolleys in without taking out the parcel shelf. Then there is the performance, and I still stick by my argument to Paul Smith on the beemers! My view is, it stands out from other Skoda Octavia's, and it looks 'sporty'. MPG is good now that I've calmed down a bit. <br>
<br>So the reason for my comment is, I am now due to replace mine, and I was looking to go for the new 200bhp. I'm grateful for those who have commented however, as it has made me realise I had better get out and test drive a few others. I do think the Golf, Astra and Focus will not suit me though; mainly due to their boot sizes. The new RS should surely be compared to the Vectra and Mondeo in size!? I agree that the styling on the new RS is not great. What is with the front grill? Surely they could have nicked something off Audi!
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<br/>From reading the comments I will still look at the Focus ST, VXR, but also the Mondeo ST. What about the new Cupra R? Has any one test driven this?

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Garethrichmond's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 02/10/2006

Decision made! Took a look at a Focus ST 2 (It's the most similar in price to the vRS in the spec I would have). The ST is every inch the hot hatch on the outside, but have you seen the inside?! The door linings are wafer thin, the plastics are 5 years out of date and the 3 dials in the middle of the dash board are too Escort RS Turbo for me. I know it is the better car to drive, but that's at the limit on a track not in the real world.
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<br>The vRS has a much better feel inside, and whilst we buy these cars for the way they drive and look, we have to spend a lot of time IN them, and I fear I'd get bored of the inside of an ST too quickly. The other consideration is that the pram will fit into the vRS's boot and still have room to spare.
<br/>So, early next year I will be popping to the dealer and ordering a vRS hatch in race blue with Alloys (it needs them).

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Jazzrs360's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 22/09/2006

I see your point Garath. Due to the body style of the vRS there certainly is an argument for pitching it in the more matured &#039;fast repmobile&#039; league rather than &#039;hot hatch.&#039; I guess the vRS blurs the boundaries between the two classes. I suppose due to it&#039;s pricing why it doesn&#039;t quite stray into the territory of the performance Mondeos and Vectras which cost upwards of £20k, but having said that it shares a lot with these types of cars in terms of body style and practicality. Interesting comparison.

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Jon071167's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 22/09/2006

Garreth, I completely agree, the new mk 2 VRS should be pitched at the Mondeo/Vectra battle as it more closely resembles these cars attributes. I.e. that they are warmed over family orientated cars with huge boots and genuine room for 5, not like the Golf/Civic class. With my old RS I was able to load it with all manner of items you would not be able to fit if it was from the class below. In one case I think I was driving the fastest double bed in my area, albeit on the way to the tip. Try that in the old Focus/Astra/Civic!!!
<br/>Also when compared to the Mondeo etc it then represents excellent value for money.

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Garethrichmond's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 20/09/2006

Hi Jazz, I&#039;ve come back to your comments page as people seem to have a decent discussion on yours (we&#039;ve been on some that have deterorated into a farce). The question I have is - Has anyone got the Mark 2 vRS and if so what is it like to live with day in day out? We know it&#039;s not the most focused hot hatch out there, but I feel that&#039;s not the market it should be aimed at. I feel it should be pitching itself more at the Mondea ST and the Vectra SRI. The main reason I ask is, as I said previouisly I would still consider the new vRS it does face stiffer competition, but the practicality outwieghs the minor performance shortfalls over it&#039;s rivals. If it were to be pitched against the cars I said I feel it would be viewed more favourabley. Does anyone agree?

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Jazzrs360's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 03/06/2006

I was actually talking about the new Mk2 ST which has 220 bhp and approx 236 lb ft torque. The Mk1 Focus ST (which you seem to be speaking of) does indeed have 170bhp. Hope that helps.

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Rubblegum's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 02/06/2006

Nice review but the ST has 170Bhp not 220.

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Jazzrs360's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 19/04/2006

Jon, thanks for the feedback, I completely agree. And getting it up to 250bhp for that much sounds like a right bargain. Mine is still standard 180bhp which is enough in real world conditions if used properly, but a remap has been tempting me lately, especially as it doesn't break the bank and produces a lot more power. Yes I know Paul's attitudes and we're all entitled to our own ways of thought, but yes, the cops are on our side; the vRS is very good, both old and new.

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Jazzrs360's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 12/04/2006

Thanks Gareth, yes of course the new model is better in almost every aspect, but it also underwhelms to an extent. I suspect that since we're used to the awesome all round abilities of the older vRS when it was launched, our expectations of the new model was for it to rewrite the rule book once again. I'd still recommend getting one as its still a very decent high-performance vehicle, and I'm sure you agree. :)

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Jon071167's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 12/04/2006

I have had three test drives of the new RS but feel the styling is not as imposing as the old RS. The old one had a purposeful stance that the new one doesn't. However the new one is an improvement on the old cars handling! due mainly I'm sure to the new Golf chassis. As with my old car a good ECU remap by Jabba Sport should really provide the new car with giant killing performance. I have spoken to the guys at Jabba Sport and they reckon its good for about 250 to 260 BHP. all for approx £400!!!!
Paul Smith definitely has an issue with driving Skoda's over BM's, even the two police officers who have written reviews agree the RS is better. Enough said.

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Garethrichmond's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 28/03/2006

Great review Jazz, and one with which I agree entirely. I too have driven the new RS on a few occasions and couldn't help but think that Skoda had missed a trick here. I felt somewhat underwhelmed by it, though not disappointed. In context it is a much better all round car than the old one, but it seems to have lost something. It's only real saving grace is that it is 3 grand cheaper than the equivalent Golf Gti (5 door), though like you say it has much stiffer competition from Ford et al.............. I am still strongly considering one, though I think this as much out of loyalty than anything (I have been involved in some heat debates whilst defending the old Rs (and you have usually backed me up in the past Jazz). I have a friend who is the manager of a Skoda dealer, and he too thinks the new one should have been around the 16k mark, I can't help but agree.

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Jazzrs360's Response to jazzRS360's Review

Written on: 22/03/2006

Thanks for the comment, appreciated. Indeed, Skoda is quickly building a pleasing profile, and I know it has a bright future. I still recommend anyone out there to buy the new vRS if they are thinking about it as it is still a great car, but I just think Skoda could have set the benchmark once again and have missed out. And yes, 2 litre Skoda to 2 litre Jag any day, anywhere, as the only 2.0 Jag is the X-Type with Mondeo underpinnings, sluggish performance, dismal build... :)

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