I need you to help spec my next car (fairly urgently)

Deadline for your votes is 9am GMT 8 January 2021

Tim Rodie posted in Skoda
8w ago

Some people think being a car journalist is one of the best jobs in the world. Those people clearly haven't seen the hours spent writing scripts, finding different words to describe suede, dodgy airport burgers or annoying five-star hotel rooms with more light switches than a Vegas casino and WHY HASN'T MY SHIRT BEEN IRONED FOR ME. It's a hard life, honestly. Nah, it's a pretty great "job".

Anyway, I need your help to spec my next long-term test car. It's a Skoda Octavia vRS estate. I'm probably going to go for your common-or-garden 245hp petrol engine, but I'm undecided on gearbox and colour. Cast your votes below – I'll send my preferred spec over to Skoda on Friday 8 January so they can order it from the factory for delivery to my house in May.

Terms and conditions: I reserve the right to ignore everything you vote for if I have a sudden aversion to, say, clutch pedals or black.

Argh. Bear in mind it has to photograph nicely.


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Comments (36)

  • Thanks for voting everyone! I've fired off the spec to Skoda UK - thanks for your help. A Blue DSG vRS should be with me in May - I'll keep you all posted.

      1 month ago
    • Noice. But what about the infotainment? You don't like the VW group infotainment system, right?

        1 month ago
    • That would have been my choice as well, love that blue, and how it changes depending on the weather, just like my current blue Model 3.

      I had a Saab 9-5 Aero Estate with a manual transmission, but on the long run AT makes sense in a larger family...

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        1 month ago
  • Tim, you should do the manual:

    - it would be nice to see how that works in 2021, since everything performance these days come with flappies

    - you've tested the MK8 GTi with a DSG, let's give this one a go

    - I'm not acne-faced teenager who lets hormons think in favour of manuals

      1 month ago
    • Haha! I can laugh at that because although I’m a teenager I’m not acne-faced.

        1 month ago
    • A bit of political incorectness makes life brighter 😄🍻

        1 month ago
  • Race Blue Car with manual transmission!

      1 month ago
  • Dsg for sure, changing gear will become tedious in your travels, id personally say avoid the blue and grey, very basic choices, the black is nice, perhaps a little basic still but very cool. Love the red, hate red cars but this is an exception. But, if you are considering resell value probably that blue, but the black will still do well on resale.

      1 month ago