Anyone expecting a marked change in engine-bay personality compared with the regular vRS hasn’t spent much time with the EA888 engine before.
The VW Group’s go-to 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit doesn’t significantly alter its character between applications or outputs. It simply becomes more or less expedient at what it does.
Thus, as the modest climb from 227bhp to 242bhp suggests, the latest model is very subtly better – quicker and keener – at propelling you forward in much the same gruff, linear and tractable way as it always has.
Skoda quotes a 0.3sec improvement in the sprint to 62mph for the estate, although in a straight line, with the 19in alloy wheels no broader than the 18in rims they replace, it’s no easier to get the extra power onto the road through the Octavia’s single driven axle. We recorded 6.9sec from standstill to 60mph, two-up.
Once rolling, though, the surfeit of torque constitutes the 245’s most prominent advantage: in its mid-range high-yield pomp, the car feels that bit more industrious than its standard sibling – an impression cheerfully embellished by the background rasp being conjuredin Sport mode.