You just might have guessed this but I love my Skoda Octavia VRS MK3, it’s the perfect performance family mover and touch wood it has been very reliable (queue Skoda jokes). Choosing the right tyres for my VRS is vital to ensuring peak performance and comfort, IMO finding the right rubber a must.
There is a huge selection of tyres available from many manufacturers, these range wildly in price and performance but many people forget one of the biggest issues with the MK3. Noise.
The biggest downside of the MK3 and all previous generations of the Octavia is the intrusive road noise. There’s much debate on why this is, from poor suspension setup to the lack of sound deadening. One of the biggest factors to the noise level, in my opinion, is the tyres. Ppoor sound deadening and suspension is only going to amplify tyre noise, this is why getting a low noise tyre was key for me. If like me you have a VRS estate, you’ll know what I mean.
What Size tyres do I need
As standard, the Mk3 VRS came with two different tyre/wheel sizes.
Skoda Octavia VRS Mk3 18″ Wheel Size: 225/40/18
Skoda Octavia VRS Mk3 19″ Wheel Size: 225/35/19 (Extemes)
Non-VRS versions typically have smaller wheels but have the option of larger wheel tyre combos. Best to check your tyre walls to confirm the exact size you need.
Tyres from the Factory
From the factory, our car was fitted with Continentals (18″). These were brand new and lasted about 12,000 miles on the front and nearly 14,000 on the rear. They seemed to really struggle in the wet, something confirmed by many other VRS owners too.
Our Tyre of choice
Our tyre of choice is the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3. It’s a high-performance tyre offering great levels of wet and dry grip but with one big advantage – noise. They are rated at just 67 decibels. Compared to the Pirelli P Zero’s rating of 72dB – it’s quite a difference and in our experience cut road noise considerably.
With so much performance (namely torque) on tap (running a DTUK box) we were surprised with the grip offered by the F1s. The continentals couldn’t cope at the best of times running standard power so we’d certainly have our reservations in using them if you’re pushing more power than standard through the front wheels.
They feature Rim Protection which is a great peace of mind if you’re letting the Mrs drive (not being sexist – just my experience). It’s not going to save them from a direct hit but it’s enough to afford a little protection from a glancing blow.
Price-wise, the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 seems to retail for around the £80 mark. They aren’t quite budget but not in 3 figures either.
Overall the F1 3s are a good all-round tyre which tick the boxes for me. The reduction in road noise was our biggest concern with the car (especially with it being an estate) and we wouldn’t hesitate to buy them again.
November 2019 Update
Its that time again and the wagon needs a new pair of shoes on the front. Whilst I’ve been happy with the performance of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3, it looks like I’ll be moving on. The Asymmetric 3s have been replaced with Good years new Asymmetric 5.
This new incarnation of the Eagle F1 on paper actually looks a little worse than the AS3 its replaced. Road noise has jumped from 69 to 71 and fuel efficiency is rated as an E rather than a C. Obviously, it’s too early to tell but feedback from the VRS owners club has been mostly positive.
Road noise is still a massive issue for my VRS owners so I am a little concerned that I’ll be reaching for the earplugs. I’ll report back when I’d had some more time with this.
As usual, please get in touch in the comments below if you’ve been using the AS5s, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Best place to buy tyres
We found that the best prices we could find on tyres were Black Circles. The deliver direct to your door or you can have them fitted at a local authorised garage of your choice. I opted to have them delivered as used my trusted tyre fitter, the diamond cut finish of the MK3 VRS alloys are very easy to damage. If your local fitter is on Black Circle’s list then you are quids in as it works out much cheaper. Check out their website for more details – http://www.blackcircles.com
What the VRS Community Says:
We put this question to the community and opinion was split. Some owners agreed with my recommendation of the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 however the Pirelli P Zero’s and Bridgestone Potenza seemed to be very popular too. We expected overwhelming support for the F1 but was surprised to see how popular the Pirellis P Zeros were.
Which tyres would you recommend?
Let hear your thoughts on what tyres are best for the Skoda Octavia VRS and if you have found them cheaper, let us know in the comments below.
Great tyres at an affordable price. The low noise rating make these a must for those suffering with road noise.