Currently reading: New Skoda Octavia vRS iV: hot PHEV priced from £35,020
New 242bhp plug-in variant arrives alongside petrol and diesel options, promising 39 miles of EV range
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22 October 2020

Skoda has detailed UK pricing and specifications for the new Octavia vRS iV plug-in hybrid ahead of order books opening on 3 November. 

Prices for the PHEV option - Skoda's most potent vRS model yet - start from £35,020 for the hatchback and £36,220 for the estate. Powered by a 1.4-litre TSI turbo petrol engine mated to a 114bhp electric motor for a combined system output of 242bhp (identical to the petrol vRS) and 295lb ft, the iV achieves a 0-62mph time of 7.3sec and a top speed of 152mph. Skoda claims that an increased torque output over the 2.0-litre petrol car means the iV sprints from 50mph to 70mph 2.2sec quicker.

As is usually the case with plug-in hybrids, the iV also significantly improves on its range-mates' consumption figures, with the estate capable of between 176.6mpg and 235.4mpg, and the saloon managing between 176.6mpg and 256.8mpg. CO2 emissions are put at between 26g/km and 36g/km, depending on the car's spec.

The hybrid's 13kWh battery pack is good for a WLTP-certified 39 miles of electric-only range and can be fully charged in 3.5 hours at a 3.6kW charger. 

The conventionally powered models, meanwhile, use the same powertrains as their respective Volkswagen Golf GTI and Golf GTD siblings. 

UK order books will open on Tuesday 27 October for the 242bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol version with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox (DSG). The diesel version will follow at a later date. Both the hatch and estate body shapes will be available at launch, with prices starting at £31,495 and £32,695 respectively.

The petrol unit will eventually be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox as well.

The diesel uses a 197bhp 2.0-litre engine, which is DSG-equipped only. Both variants can be optionally had with an on-demand four-wheel drive system. No performance or economy details have been released as yet. 

In both hatchback and estate forms, the fourth generation of the hot Octavia receives typical vRS design cues, including 19in alloy wheels, twin tailpipes, a wider front bumper, a black grille, air curtains and rear apron that includes a black diffuser. Black door mirrors also feature and the hatch gains a black rear spoiler, although the estate’s is body coloured.

Black wheels hide red-finished brake calipers, while full-LED matrix headlights and LED tail-lights are standard.

Upgrades inside include Alcantara vRS-branded seats that are electrically adjustable and heated for both driver and front passenger. The headlining and dashboard trim employ Alcantara as well, and there are aluminium pedals.

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Contrasting stitching for the sports steering wheel and seats aims to liven up the cabin, as does LED ambient lighting with 10 colours and the option of assigning different colours to the dashboard or footwell or creating “coordinated light scenarios”.

Further standard equipment includes a 10.0in touchscreen infotainment system running Skoda’s latest ‘always online’ MIB3 interface and offering a variety of connected services. A 10.0in Virtual Cockpit digital instrument display also features, as does adaptive cruise control, tri-zone climate control, an electric tailgate, front and rear parking sensors and keyless entry.

The Octavia vRS is fitted with retuned ‘signature vRS’ sports suspension, which (on petrol and diesel versions only) lowers the car by 15mm compared with the standard model. Progressive steering is standard, too.

The UK is the second-largest global market for the vRS, which accounts for 20% of all Octavias sold.

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3 March 2020

There's only one test I'm interested in and that's the PHEV - Petrol vrs - Diesel vrs. Over to you Autocar

7 October 2020

This POS is more or less Focus ST or Type-R money. 

Yeah.  Nah.

3 March 2020

....you know it's going to cost a RIDICULOUS amount of money as it's a new model launch (which always means a HUGE price leap over the previous model these days) and regardless of its humble origins, it's going to be silly money to buy.

Also, with governments grouping plug-in hybrids with normal ICE cars in terms of 2035, I can't see the point of hybrids any more as no doubt there will be plenty of opportunities for politicians to milk that cash cow with the introduction of various new polution/congestion taxes over the next 15 years.

23 October 2020
gavsmit wrote:

....you know it's going to cost a RIDICULOUS amount of money as it's a new model launch (which always means a HUGE price leap over the previous model these days) and regardless of its humble origins, it's going to be silly money to buy.

Also, with governments grouping plug-in hybrids with normal ICE cars in terms of 2035, I can't see the point of hybrids any more as no doubt there will be plenty of opportunities for politicians to milk that cash cow with the introduction of various new polution/congestion taxes over the next 15 years.

Bet when you made that comment you didn't think that it would still be appearing particularly now the prices are in. 35k for this is only ridiculous compared to cars back in 2016. 35k particularly for the majority of drivers who will probably only need to fill up every 2/3 months is actually pretty good. On a monthly basis it certainly costs less to run over all for me than the petrol or diesel models.

3 March 2020

Surprise, surprise, yet another new car with a huge ipad to control virtually all the electronic functions in the car, and air vents down at elbow level which are designed to do what? Cool your arms?

There is nothing about this car which would persuade me to replace my existing previous model Octavia VRS, a fabulous car which has been 100% reliable, good to drive, practical, and has a dashboard/fascia which is well designed and really easy to use.

7 October 2020

Agreed, truely awful interior, like Golf 8. The exterior looks just as bad.

Unlike the painting, the piece of music, the novel written by a single individual creative personality where the personal style always shines through, car design suffers very badly from being the product of teamwork and of the design director moving from company to company.

Skoda, in terms of design and image, that is what it communicates, like Audi, is definitely on a steep downward spiral.

7 October 2020
abkq wrote:

Agreed, truely awful interior, like Golf 8. The exterior looks just as bad. Unlike the painting, the piece of music, the novel written by a single individual creative personality where the personal style always shines through, car design suffers very badly from being the product of teamwork and of the design director moving from company to company. Skoda, in terms of design and image, that is what it communicates, like Audi, is definitely on a steep downward spiral.

Czech firm? Only thing Czech about this car is where it is built. Yep VAG has now officially relegated skoda because it has got too successful for comfort hence the bean counters gimped the brand to not step on the toes of VW and Audi. Skoda WAS the kwik save “no frills” brand when VAG brought and invested in the brand in the 90s and early 00s but now what does the brand actually do? At £32k it isn't cheap and for a few £ a month extra on pcp you could get a VW. Also at this price range Tax dodging business users would avoid this car because it would work out cheaper to lease a Nissan Leaf e+ / Tesla model 3 or vw id.3 because the Tories helping their posh buddies made evs zero rated for bik. Car has all of the 2020 clichéd designs too, nasty huge 19 inch bling wheels that will curb instantly and be destroyed by the UKs crap roads not including the rip off prices for 19 inch tyres. Fake exhaust tips, fake engine noise pumped into the cabin, meh photocopy styling that could be mistaken for a SEAT or a korean carbuncle.. I dont understand why Skoda exists in vw groups product line in 2020...

7 October 2020

Although they're all at it these days. Unless you're prepared to put up with some serious compromises to own a Dacia, all car makers have priced themselves way over what some people (who used to buy new cars regularly) are prepared to pay for a new car, even on finance.

No wonder new car sales are in the toilet, not helped by Coronavirus and BREXIT worries, but would've been seriously declining due to ridiculous new car prices anyway.

I've no doubt that car makers are artificially raising prices of ICE cars to close the gap on ridiculous EV prices so EVs never get cheaper, even when the technology becomes cheaper to manufacture. 

 

23 October 2020
gavsmit wrote:

Although they're all at it these days. Unless you're prepared to put up with some serious compromises to own a Dacia, all car makers have priced themselves way over what some people (who used to buy new cars regularly) are prepared to pay for a new car, even on finance.

No wonder new car sales are in the toilet, not helped by Coronavirus and BREXIT worries, but would've been seriously declining due to ridiculous new car prices anyway.

I've no doubt that car makers are artificially raising prices of ICE cars to close the gap on ridiculous EV prices so EVs never get cheaper, even when the technology becomes cheaper to manufacture. 

Just wrong. The fall in the value of the pound and vat increased to 20% made your car dearer. Covid aside the new car market was in rude health and plenty of people are prepared to pay for these cars - Mazda and Honda could easily make huge gains if manufacturers were inflating prices to make evs look good and Skoda is no longer a budget brand, its competition is Volvo / Mazda / Honda.

7 October 2020

 Gee, doesn't every car these days look like a BMW?

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