Skoda Octavia vRS Estate Review

The Skoda Octavia vRS Estate is just a practical, but now even plusher inside and adds a fuel-sipping plug-in hybrid model.

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Overall verdict

The new Skoda Octavia Estate vRS is going to give the world of hot estates a bit of a boot in the backside. Why? Well, its boot, mainly, because it’s huge.

It’s efficient, too, with a range of new tech including an optional hybrid system. The hybrid model shares its hybrid drive tech with the new Cupra Leon and VW Golf GTE, but wraps it up in a versatile package.

The new Skoda Octavia Estate vRS takes the recently revamped Octavia and adds plenty of sporty features. The grille now gets a moody black finish, a vast air intake dominates the bottom half of the front bumper and the plastic trims above the fog lights are black. Lowered suspension and larger alloy wheels complete the vRS makeover.

The interior is similar to those already seen in the latest VW Golf and SEAT Leon. Everything’s very simple, minimalist and largely button-free. It features a large central touchscreen infotainment system, a digital driver’s display instead of conventional analogue dials and a dinky selector switch instead of a chunky gearlever.

The dashboard has a flowing design, with plenty of bright red trims to make sure you don’t mistake it for the standard Octavia inside. Red mood lighting on the doors and red stitching on the more supportive sports seats add to the sporty demeanour of the vRS, as do the embroidered headrests and vRS-specific graphics on the driver’s display.

The new Skoda Octavia Estate vRS is available as a vRS iV hybrid model. This uses the same combination of 1.4-litre petrol engine and electric motor as the new VW Golf GTE and hybrid variants of the Cupra Leon.

Will a plug-in hybrid hot estate ever catch on? Well, it might have to, because you'll be seeing a lot more of them going forward.

Mat Watson
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As a result, it produces an identical 245hp and drives just the front wheels through the same six-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Skoda says it’ll reach 60mph from rest in less than 7.3 seconds and reach 140mph. You’ll also be able to travel for around 37 miles using just electric power.

The new Octavia isn’t just going to come as a hybrid, though – you’ll also be able to get a purely-petrol-powered version with a 245hp 2.0-litre engine. This model will come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, or you can upgrade to a seven-speed DSG automatic.

Finally, there’ll also be a 200hp 2.0-litre diesel-powered Octavia vRS – although Skoda hasn’t confirmed if this model will be available in the UK. This model will ditch the manual gearbox option and come with the seven-speed auto as standard. But, you will be able to upgrade from front- to four-wheel drive for a bit of extra traction in slippery conditions.

The new Skoda Octavia vRS non-hybrid will go on sale in the UK in November 2020, priced from £31,495 for a hatchback with a manual gearbox.

Skoda hasn’t announced how much the new Octavia vRS iV hybrid will cost, but you can expect it to set you back closer to £35,000 thanks to its more complicated hybrid-drive system and added tech.

We’ll be driving the Skoda Octavia Estate vRS shortly, and we’ll let you know what it’s like the minute we do.