Skoda Octavia Estate vRS

25 Jan, 2013 7:06pm Damion Smy

Our spies have caught the sporty new Skoda Octavia Estate vRS testing in Scandinavia

The all-new 220bhp Skoda Octavia vRS has been spied on test in Scandinavia. What’s more, the vRS model we’ve snapped is an estate model, giving us a good look at the forthcoming Octavia Estate for the first time.

In keeping with their high performance pretensions, both the hatchback and Estate vRS models will feature more aggressive styling, including chunkier bumpers, subtle rear wings, larger wheels and trapezoidal exhausts.

The Octavia vRS will be powered by a 220bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, with either a six-speed manual or DSG transmission.

Like previous versions, a 2.0-litre turbodiesel vRS will likely join the petrol model when it goes on sale in June. Pricing is expected to start at £21,500.

The all-new Octavia hatchback is larger than its predecessor, and that bodes well for the Estate model, which should offer a larger load space than the current car's  605 litres.

The Estate’s tailgate will have an impressively low lip to make loading luggage easier, while roof rails will be standard across the range.

It will be offered with the same four engines as the hatchback. Both 1.2-litre and 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines will be sold alongside 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre diesels when it arrives in showrooms.

The Estate will cost roughly £1,000 more than the Octavia hatchback, which means a starting price of around £15,100.