With a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine producing 15bhp more than the old car, this is the most potent Octavia produced yet

The Skoda Octavia vRS 245 is the most potent variant of the brand’s mid-range model produced yet thanks to a 15bhp boost in power.

Revealed at the Geneva motor show, the facelifted Octavia's turbocharged 2.0-litre engine has been uprated to produce 242bhp and 273lb ft of torque, which is a 15bhp and 15lb ft improvement on the old vRS 230.

This trims the car’s 0-62mph dash to 6.6sec, shaving a tenth of a second off the 230’s time. The Octavia vRS 245 estate takes 6.7sec, which is also a tenth quicker than its older sibling. The saloon can reach 155mph while the estate tops out at 153mph.

As before, the car comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but a new seven-speed dual-clutch DSG is offered with the model for the first time. Drive is sent to the front axle via a standard-fit electronic limited slip differential, which can brake the inside wheel to boost traction.

The vRS sits 14mm lower than regular Octavias and its rear track is 38mm wider than the old 230. The chassis settings can be adjusted along with the drivetrain’s characteristics via the drive modes, which cycle from normal to performance modes. The system’s effectiveness is heightened when optional dynamic chassis control technology is fitted.

Included with the 245 is a long list of cabin technology and driver assist programmes. The car is offered with a 9.2in touchscreen infotainment system and wi-fi connectivity. Voice control and inductive smartphone charging technology top the list options, while the Skoda connect app enables users to control features such as windows and door locks via their phone.

Added to the vRS is adaptive cruise control technology and Trailer Assist, which can steer and brake the car when reversing with a trailer. There’s also emergency braking technology to avoid impacts with obstacle and pedestrians, Blind Spot Detect, Rear Traffic Alert and Crew Protect Assist, which closes windows and the sunroof in the event of an impending collision and tensions driver and passenger seatbelts.

Sales will commence shortly after the show, with prices set to increase slightly on the old 230, which costed from £25,130 for the saloon and £26,330 for the estate.

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3 February 2017
While it is based on a Golf chassis, it is more of a larger car than a Focus, would be more of a spiritual successor to Mondeo STs and the likes.

With the DSG option it would make an ideal car for all scenarios - family car with huge fastback boot, commuting car for urban traffic, a hot hatch with flappy paddles, a long distance cruiser.

3 February 2017
The new-look front end looks more acceptable in this form, kind of menacing. It's a well pitched and priced package and I'd be tempted if I was thinking of replacing my 'get-me-to-work-and-back' steed!
The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

4 February 2017
Bishop wrote:

The new-look front end looks more acceptable in this form, kind of menacing

Possibly. But I still think the outer lights are far too small compared with the width of the grille.
Both VW & Skoda have introduced the wide grille as a design theme. But in the case of the Octavia the sense of proportion has been lost as a result of sticking too rigidly to an abstract schema.

3 February 2017
..it comes in at £26,000 for manual it'll be a couple of grand less than a 5dr GTI. Go figure.

 

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3 February 2017
The GTI is a better car though.

4 February 2017
£2000 more and less horse power from the same engine in a smaller car isn't

 

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4 February 2017
It has :- Crew Protect Assist - " which closes windows and the sunroof in the event of an impending collision." no one will hear you scream

 

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6 February 2017
Nice bit of distraction from the fact the Octavia's overall CO2 figures are up as are the list prices.

Try finding a new one with a sub 100g CO2 now.... Bit like the SEAT Leon, the CO2 figures are all much higher than they were making them far less attractive as BIK company cars.

Better look at a 308, Megane or Astra.

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