Predictably, it's not as fast as the petrol powered ST, since it is 65 PS down, but 0 to 100 km/h in 8.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 217 km/h (135 mph) are still respectable numbers. We're willing to bet a lot of people will want to make this compromise, since average fuel consumption is only 4.4 l/100 km (64.2 mpg).
And something tells us those people also want a wagon body, with more cargo room in the back for extreme family hauling. How do we know? Because Skoda's Octavia vRS Combi stands in the middle of the market, like a giant blob of reasonableness. It also has a big boot and crucially motivates itself to the rattly sound of diesel. Its 184 hp PS output, matched to 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque, is also available from Volkswagen's dedicated diesel street racer, the Golf GTD.
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