2020 Skoda Octavia vRS: prices and specs revealed

Powerful Skoda Octavia vRS gets sporty looks and a vRS iv plug-in hybrid option for the first time

  • Next-gen Octavia vRS gets three engine options
  • vRS iV plug-in hybrid model starts from £35,020
  • PHEV orderbook opens on 3 November, petrol and diesel models available from 3 October

The new Skoda Octavia vRS iV plug-in hybrid will be available to order from 3 November with a starting price of £35,020. It’s the manufacturer’s first plug-in hybrid vRS model, and will be available in both hatchback and estate forms.

Skoda has released efficiency figures for the new car. It will be capable of up to 39 miles of pure-electric range, with claimed fuel economy of up to 256mpg and CO2 emissions of 36g/km.

The conventional petrol version of the new Octavia vRS will start from £31,495 and will be available to order from 27 October.

As before, the vRS will go up against hot hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Hyundai i30 N and Ford Focus ST - but will be more practical than any of these cars.

2020 Skoda Octavia vRS iV plug-in hybrid engine

The vRS iV produces 242bhp from its PHEV powertrain, which consists of a 1.4-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, mated to a six-speed DSG automatic gearbox. It’ll hit 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 140mph. While that’s faster than the current diesel model, the 2.0-litre petrol vRS is half a second quicker and offers a higher maximum speed.

Skoda claims a CO2 output of just 26-36g/km for the hatchback, and 27-36g/km for the estate version, meaning it’ll be Congestion Charge-exempt and have a low tax rating for company-car drivers. You’ll be able to travel for up to 39 miles using electric power alone.

In hatchback form, the vRS iV is capable of between 176.6-256.8mpg under the WLTP cycle, with the estate managing 176.6-235.4mpg. The car’s 13kWh battery can be fully charged via a 3.6kW wallbox charger in 3.5 hours, with charging from a domestic plug socket taking five hours.

Prices and specs

Pricing for the Octavia vRS iV PHEV starts from £35,020 for the hatchback, increasing to £36,220 for the estate model. Skoda has previously announced prices for the 2.0-litre TSI petrol engine, which starts from £31,495 for the hatchback with a DSG automatic gearbox. The estate costs £1,200 more, at £32,695. Prices for the forthcoming vRS diesel models are expected to be confirmed later this year.

The latest Octavia vRS might be a little more expensive than we were expecting, but it’s the top-of-the-range model and does come with an impressive list of kit. As standard, buyers get adaptive cruise control, a 10-inch touchscreen with sat nav, heated front seats, matrix LED headlights, keyless entry and start, parking sensors all-round and a powered tailgate.

2020 Skoda Octavia vRS petrol and diesel engines

Like previous Octavia vRS generations, the latest fourth-generation model will still be available with petrol and diesel power. The 2.0-litre petrol engine produces 242bhp, matching the plug-in hybrid, and is offered with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Diesel buyers get a 2.0-litre TDI with 197bhp and the automatic gearbox, while all-wheel drive is optional.

These engines are shared with the latest Volkswagen Golf GTI and GTD. Skoda has confirmed that the petrol engine gets the car from 0-62mph in a time of 6.7 seconds, which is a fraction slower than the Golf GTI (likely because of the Octavia’s bigger body). Diesel stats are yet to be released but we’d expect 0-62mph to take around 7.5 seconds.

Styling

As the sportiest model in the line-up, the vRS gets plenty of black detailing and a more aggressive look. Marking it out from the standard Octavia are vRS-specific bumpers front and rear, exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels, red brake calipers and a host of black trim pieces. The grille, air intakes, diffuser, window frames, tailgate lettering and the spoiler are all black.

Interior

It’s a similar story inside. The front seats highlight the sporty nature of the car, with extra bolster support to keep you in place in fast corners. They’re trimmed in black fabric with a diamond stitching pattern with integrated headrests. Other sporty touches include a flat-bottom steering wheel, plenty of red stitching, two-colour pedals, vRS door plates and red ambient interior lighting.

Following on from the Octavia vRS, we expect that the Skoda Scala will get a vRS model, also with a hybrid powertrain. This could either be a plug-in hybrid or a 48V mild-hybrid, as the system for the latter is filtering through the VW Group - it allows the engine to switch off when your foot isn’t on the accelerator.

The Octavia range will also welcome a 201bhp plug-in hybrid model, available in SE and SE L trim levels. It offers the same electric range and low CO2 emissions figure, but will be slightly slower from 0-62mph and less expensive than vRS models. Two ‘eTEC’ mild-hybrid engines will also be available on non-vRS models.

Read our review of the outgoing Skoda Octavia vRS for more information, or see where the new estate version ranks on our list of the best fast estates to buy.

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