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Kev_Mc

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vRS Octavia
« on: 21 July 2018, 02:14:59 PM »
Went to see this vRS Octavia today (245 BHP):



Although the Octavia handled and stopped far better than the Saab, it did not feel quicker than my 9-5 Aero. We were two up on the test drive, but even taking this into consideration, I'd say the Saab was quicker.

The DSG gearbox also seemed very slow witted - even compared to my 10 year old car. Salesman said they learn your driving styles and it should get quicker, though I expected better. Even in Sport mode, it didn't seem to kickdown very quickly.

By the time the DSG had decided what it was doing, the Saab would have already gone.

The ICE in the Octavia was brilliant, and it was high spec with Adaptive Cruise, Pan roof, electric heated seats etc, etc.

However, I'm not sure it was worth over 16 times what they'd give me for the 9-5!

I did want to see a Superb 4x4 280BHP as well, but it had sold. The Superb's look better than the Octavia's inside and out, and I would have been very tempted if it was still available - assuming it's 5.6 to 60mph felt quicker than my 9-5.

On the way home, I was thinking maybe I should just spend a bit on the Aero instead as it'd be a lot cheaper than "upgrading".

Main issue I have with mine is the handling. I've already spent some money on rear shocks and drop links, though this solved some issues but introduced others. Are there any Saab specialists in the Midlands who are good with suspension / handling? Don't mind spending the money if I get the improvement.

PS. Just seen there is a Hirsched 9-5 Aero 2.8 4x4 for sale, though it's very strong money and nowhere near me :(

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Re: vRS Octavia
« Reply #1 on: 21 July 2018, 07:23:28 PM »
Test drove an S5 this afternoon. That was definitely quicker than my 9-5, though not as much as a gulf as I'd have thought. Different league for handling though...

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Re: vRS Octavia
« Reply #2 on: 21 July 2018, 11:17:25 PM »
The ng9-5 has dropped for 20k to 18k in the last 4-5 days....

It's pretty poor spec though, no rear ice, no memory seats etc.

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Re: vRS Octavia
« Reply #3 on: 24 July 2018, 07:15:54 AM »
I read Diesel Car magazine every month and the indecisiveness of the DSG gearbox is a common complaint in road test reports of VW-AUDI group cars. Some years ago Toyota fitted a semi-automatic gearbox to some of their cars which was a real pig and very unreliable.

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Re: vRS Octavia
« Reply #4 on: 24 July 2018, 12:17:37 PM »
Some years ago Toyota fitted a semi-automatic gearbox to some of their cars which was a real pig and very unreliable.

Saab did this too with sensonic, it was also very unreliable