2020 Skoda Octavia vRS prices and specifications

New Skoda Octavia vRS blends hot hatchback pace with lots of space – especially if you go for the super-practical estate version

James Allen
Oct 30, 2020

After a sporty family-sized car with punchy performance and loads of room? Then the new Skoda Octavia vRS hatchback and estate could be just the ticket.

Just like the standard Skoda Octavia, one of the big plus points of the vRS versions are that they're a lot more spacious than other similarly-sized hatchbacks. Even the 450 to 490 litres of luggage volume in the least practical plug-in hybrid versions is more than what you’ll find in hot hatch rivals like the Ford Focus ST (375 litres) and Hyundai i30 N (395 litres).

Meanwhile, the regular petrol Octavia vRS models have even more room to play with, as they don’t have the plug-in hybrid’s big battery pack that eats into the available boot space. This makes them a great sensible and affordable high-performance option.

There’s a good amount of power and performance on tap, too. Regardless of whether there’s a petrol engine or a plug-in hybrid petrol-electric combination fitted, the Octavia vRS has 245hp at its disposal, which puts these Skodas on par power-wise with cars like the Volkswagen Golf GTI. In time, there will also be a diesel engine option, though it probably won’t be as potent as the petrol or plug-in hybrid, but should be able to beat the petrol model in the fuel economy stakes.

Being the flagship of the Skoda Octavia range, the Octavia vRS is a fair bit more expensive than the regular models. Prices for the hatchback model start at £31,495, and there’ll be a £1,200 premium across the range if you’d prefer to have the extra practicality of the estate version.

Quick facts

  • Hatchback and estate versions available
  • Petrol and plug-in hybrid engine options
  • Diesel engines and all-wheel drive coming
  • Sportier look over regular Skoda Octavia
  • Prices from £31,495 upwards
  • On sale now

2020 Skoda Octavia vRS performance

From launch, the sporty Skoda Octavia will be available with one engine: a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 245hp and 370Nm that the vRS essentially shares with the VW Golf GTI hot hatchback. This allows the Octavia vRS is able to accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.7 seconds - meaning that on the road it should be more than fast enough for most drivers.

Initially, the gearbox line-up will be limited to a seven-speed automatic that, like the engine, won’t be too dissimilar to the one offered in the Golf GTI. However, Skoda says it wants to offer a manual gearbox on the Octavia vRS in the coming months, so expect a cheaper manual model to be available in the near future.

Skoda also promises to eventually add a 2.0-litre diesel engine to the Octavia vRS range. There’s no word yet on when it will go on sale, though Skoda has confirmed the diesel will only come with an automatic gearbox and - unlike the front-wheel-drive-only petrol cars - will be available with an optional all-wheel drive system.

2020 Skoda Octavia vRS iV hybrid

Later down the line, there will also be a plug-in hybrid Octavia vRS iV version, too. It has a smaller 1.4-litre petrol engine than the regular vRS but, thanks to the electric motor, it produces the same 245hp, and a bit more low-engine-speed muscle with 400Nm. Its 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds is a bit slower than the petrol car, though, which is likely due to the hybrid's greater weight.

Much like many other plug-in hybrid cars, the Octavia vRS iV boasts some very impressive on-paper economy figures: depending on the specification, Skoda says the plug-in hybrid Octavia can return up to 256mpg.

However, in order to get close to this in day-to-day driving, you’ll need to charge the car regularly and stick to short journeys to make the most of the car’s claimed electric-only range of up to 39 miles - otherwise, the Octavia vRS iV will heavily rely on the petrol engine, while having to lug around the heavy battery and motor with very little electric fuel-saving assistance.

2020 Skoda Octavia vRS dimensions

Skoda hasn’t yet revealed all of the dimensions data for the Octavia vRS, though it will likely offer similar levels of interior space to the standard car. As a result, there should be a good amount of head and leg room all round in the cabin.

The boots on both hatchback and estate versions should be pretty big, too - expect luggage volumes of around 600 litres with the seats up/1,555 litres with the rear seats down in the hatchback, and 640/1,700 litres in the estate. Loading large items with both should be pretty simple, since they both offer hatchbacks with wide openings.

However, because of the way the battery pack is positioned under the boot floor, there is a quite a hit to practicality in the plug-in hybrid Octavia vRS iV. The hatchback model offers up to 450 litres with the rear seats up, and the estate slightly more at 490 litres. While that should be spacious enough for most drivers, it does mean the plug-in hybrid Skoda Octavia lags far behind standard petrol and diesel models here, and may not be for you if you want the biggest boot possible.

2020 Skoda Octavia vRS specifications and in-car tech

Being the performance-oriented versions of the Skoda Octavia range, the vRS estate and hatchback models have a subtly sportier look than the standard cars. Cosmetic tweaks on the outside include more aggressively chiselled bumpers and lots of gloss black trim on the window surrounds and wing mirrors, and changes on the inside include a redesigned steering wheel and new sports seats trimmed in black fabric.

A good amount of equipment also comes as standard across the Octavia vRS range. Both the hatch and estate versions come with kit such as front and rear parking sensors - useful in cars of this size - heated front seats, keyless entry, and a 10-inch touchscreen media system with built-in sat-nav.

Some of the driver assists the Octavia vRS comes with as standard include adaptive cruise control and a low-speed parking aid that can automatically apply the brakes if it detects the car is about to bump into another object.

2020 Skoda Octavia vRS prices and release date

The petrol-powered Skoda Octavia vRS is available to order now. Prices start at £31,495 for the hatchback, and the estate version comes in marginally dearer at £32,695.

Plug-in hybrid models joined the range slightly later, though are now available too. The petrol-electric vRS models are also a little bit more expensive than the conventional petrol models, too: the vRS iV hatch costs from £35,020, and the estate is £1,200 pricier still at £36,220.

 

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