Performance Stationwagon of the Year
SKODA Octavia Combi RS
It's aimed at buyers seeking space and flexibility, but the Octavia Combi RS goes beyond this remit by offering sublime performance, too. Powering this estate is a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine pumping out 241bhp and 370Nm through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. When you need to haul items, its 640-litre boot expands to 1,700 litres with the rear bench folded. And practicality aside, it's a handsome wagon, too.
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What happens when you take the polished Skoda Octavia Combi and give up a big dollop of additional performance, along with suspension upgrades and a sportier design?

The result is the sublime Octavia Combi RS, a stationwagon that not only has space, but plenty of pace as well. Talk about a fast-moving load-hauler.

Giving the Combi RS its muscle is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder pumping out 241bhp and 370Nm of torque, a massive 93bhp and 120Nm more compared to the 1.5-litre in the 'normal' Octavia Combi. With stouter figures, the Combi RS now finishes the century dash in 6.7 seconds, or nearly two seconds quicker.

Helping the station wagon harness this power is Dynamic Chassis Control, which lets the driver adjust the damping force to suit his or her requirements. Selectable driving modes also help you transform the Combi RS from cushy cruiser to backroad blaster.

Dynamic drives aside, the Combi RS is also up to the task of hauling loads. Whether it's a full-size bicycle, golf bags, flat-pack furniture, or boxes, this estate has the practicality needed by active families.

Yes, it could be even quicker and more powerful. But in its current form, the Combi RS is well-sorted and complete, and that's why it's this year's Performance Stationwagon.