We drove the Skoda vRS back-to-back with our Ford Focus ST long-termer to see which deserves the low-cost hot hatch crown
The Skoda Octavia vRS is one of those cars which, on paper, sounds damn-near perfect. Underneath its spacious and practical saloon-like hatchback body you get the same mechanicals as the very good VW Golf GTi, for a whole £3000 less than its VAG stablemate. So, it’s plenty fast, promises to be good to drive, is practical, and at £23,315, you’d need a very good reason to buy anything else if you want a brand-new mid-sized hot hatch on a budget. But, there is a very good reason, and that’s the £21,995 Ford Focus ST.
We love our Focus ST long-termer, but it’s a flawed beast, so can it really compete with a well screwed-together VAG product?
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