With its strong lines, and a slightly odd name, Octavia provides a more spacious alternative to a hot hatch.

The RS245 is the hottest of the Octavias and has the 180kw drive train of the Golf GTI, my favourite hot hatch.

Despite being on sale here for several years, ŠKODA continues to a brand that only a few canny buyers know about. Perhaps that is a plus for the thrifty buyers who want a exclusivity without trading their first-born for it.

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2017 Škoda Octavia RS 245 Wagon.

There are only 4 colours. Red, grey, in standard p