Skoda revealed the prices and specifications of the new Octavia vRS, the fastest Octavia ever, ahead of its showroom launch next month. As you’d expect from Skoda, they are offering a mildly hot car here with very good value. So adjust your expectations before getting too excited about the £22,990 starting price.
The Octavia vRS can be had with two engines; a 2.0 TSI petrol with 220 PS, and a potent 2.0 TDI diesel with 184PS. Both are available with the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a DSG automatic. The visual features, like the aggressive fascias and smoked lights, suggest the car should be pretty fast. But it isn’t really.
What the vRS offers is a good compromise between performance and practicality. You get 590 litres of boot space with the notchback model, and 610 litres with the estate model. With the rear seats folded, the figures rise to 1,580 litres and 1,740 litres respectively.
Exclusive vRS features that set this car further apart from the normal models include lowered ride height (12mm hatch, 13mm estate) and advanced multi-link rear suspension, electronic differential lock (XDS), and tweaked electronic stability control (ESC).
|Octavia vRS prices|
|2.0 TSI 220PS||142||£22,990|
|2.0 TSI 220PS DSG||149||£24,380|
|2.0 TDI CR 184PS DPF||119||£23,260|
|2.0 TDI CR 184PS DSG DPF||129||£24,650|
|2.0 TSI 220PS||142||£23,790|
|2.0 TSI 220PS DSG||149||£25,180|
|2.0 TDI CR 184PS DPF||119||£24,060|
|2.0 TDI CR 184PS DSG DPF||132||£25,450|
|Octavia vRS standard equipment
|18″ Gemini anthracite alloy wheels||Energy recovery|
|3 spoke MFSW for radio and tel with DSG paddles if DSG||ESC incl ABS, EBV, MSR, ASR, EDS, HBA, DSR, XDS|
|Acoustic rear parking sensors||Hill hold|
|Automatic post collision braking system||Lane assistant|
|Bi-Xenon headlights +AFS+LED “DAY LIGHT” with dynamic angle control||LED rear lights|
|Black door mirrors and handles||Light assistant|
|Bluetooth||Rear backrest release (estate)|
|DAB||Rear electric windows (with child safety switch)|
|Daytime LED running lights||Roof rails (estate only)|
|Driver alert system (fatigue detection)||Sports suspension|
|Driver knee airbag||Stop/start|
|Driving mode selection (eco/comfort/sport/custom)||Touchscreen “Bolero” (with single CD player & proximity sensor)|
|Dual zone air conditioning with humidity sensor and control||TPM+|