Fabia vRS: extreme drive
Skoda’s vRS is supposed to be ‘made of meaner stuff’. But can it cope with one of Britain’s steepest and most extreme roads?
Posted: 18 Mar 2011
The 1.4-litre TSI ‘twincharged' engine (both super and turbo) warbles merrily away under the grumble of the 17-inch wheel and tyre combo, the cabin a simple and pleasant place to sit, decently built if not luxuriously appointed. But there's still an honest integrity to it. The 300-mile A- and M-way run up here has been utterly agreeable, the seats comfortable, the boot capacious. It should be. Point of order: this set-up is deemed so worthy, it's sold in not just two but three flavours. The Fabia vRS has 178bhp, a seven-speed DSG gearbox - there is no manual option - and is mechanically all but identical to both the Seat Ibiza Cupra and that Volkswagen Polo GTi, both of which it undercuts significantly in terms of price.