Sunday, 18 November 2018

Who would’ve thought a Skoda eco-car could still have vroom?

by Nigel Wigmore

WHO has put the “vroom” — for want of a better word — in eco-driving? Believe it or not, the Czech car manufacturer Skoda has, with its vRS models.

The one I have been driving this week, the new Skoda Octavia vRS Estate, has good “green” credentials: it achieves 61.4mpg on the combined cycle, can climb up to a maximum speed of 143mph and notch up 0 to 62mph in 8.2 seconds.

And yet it is an estate car — which in the past has conjured up visions of something plodding and well meaning. Not so this new Skoda estate: it would give any boy racer in a sporty GTi a run for his money.

But it is also a car with a brain a lot larger than that of your average boy racer.

After you have put your foot down to check if the “vroom” factor is there and had your fun, the Octavia’s computer comes up with an “eco-driving tip”.

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