The most potent, powerful and poised offering ever for the brand - that could well sum up the new 2018 Skoda Octavia RS245.

It is grunty and fun, yes - but the key elements that have impressed a lot about the Skoda Octavia remain: it can be had as a liftback sedan or ultra-practical station wagon, with a manual gearbox or automatic transmission, with a heap of standard equipment and safety gear, and all for a reasonable amount of money.

Sounds like it might also be the best car ever… Okay, that’s going a bit too far, but let me explain what’s great about the new Skoda Octavia RS245, and some ways it could be even better.