2020 Skoda Octavia vRS prices confirmed: specs and release date
Skoda has revealed the new Octavia vRS, now available as an iV hybrid with 245hp. Read on for full details on this practical, yet sporty, family car.
- New Skoda Octavia vRS revealed
- Hatchback and estate models
- Now comes as a 245hp hybrid
- 37-mile electric range
- 0-60mph in less than 7.3 seconds
- 140mph top speed
- Non-hybrid hatch costs £31,495
- On sale later in late October
The new Skoda Octavia vRS has been revealed as a practical but sporty hatchback and estate 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 more practical family-focussed package.
New Skoda Octavia vRS styling
The new Skoda Octavia vRS takes the recently revamped Octavia and adds plenty of sporty features. The front grille now gets a moody black finish, there’s a huge new air intake in the bottom half of the front bumper and the plastic trims above the fog lights come painted black, too. Lowered suspension, larger alloy wheels and a subtle lip spoiler on the hatchback’s bootlid complete the Octavia’s vRS makeover.
New Skoda Octavia vRS iV hybrid interior
The new Skoda Octavia vRS’ interior follows a pattern set by the latest VW Golf and SEAT Leon. Everything’s very simple, minimalist and (mostly) button-free. You get 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 gear lever.
The Octavia vRS’s dashboard has a slightly more flowing design to it than these cars, though, and you get 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 vRS’ sporty demeanour, as do the embroidered headrests and vRS-specific graphics on the driver’s display.
New Skoda Octavia vRS iV hybrid engines and driving
The new Skoda Octavia 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.
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.
New Skoda Octavia vRS practicality
To accommodate the batteries needed to drive its electric motor, the Skoda Octavia vRS iV has sacrificed five litres of fuel-tank capacity – not exactly a dealbreaker. Bootspace hasn’t been seriously affected, either – so you’ll be able to carry 450 litres of luggage in the Octavia hatchback and 490 litres in the estate.
New Skoda Octavia vRS price and release date
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. The estate version with an automatic gearbox will set you back from £32,695. Cheaper versions with manual gearboxes will be available soon.
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.
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