Skoda has announced prices and specification for the new Octavia vRS ahead of its launch in August. Prices are set to start from £22,990 for the entry-level 2.0-litre TSI hatchback model and rise to £25,450 for the 2.0-litre diesel estate equipped with the optional DSG automatic gearbox.
From launch there will be two engines available, the 217bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine and the 181bhp 2.0-litre diesel motor. Both can be specced with either a six-speed manual or DSG gearbox and fitted to either the hatchback or estate version, which demands an £800 premium over the five-door.
The entry-level petrol Octavia vRS with the six-speed manual will cost owners £22,990, with the estate priced at £23,790. Fitting the optional DSG gearbox adds an extra £1,390 to the price.
The more efficient 181bhp 2.0-litre diesel, when coupled with the manual gearbox is the cleanest model in the range producing only 119g/km of CO2. It’s priced at £23,260 for the hatchback and £24,060 for the estate but is not quite as efficient as the mechanically identical VW Golf GTD which emits 109g/km.
Standard kit across the range includes 18-inch alloy wheels, rear-parking sensors, Bluetooth, daytime LED running lights, DAB radio, driving mode selection including eco, comfort and sport, climate control and lane-keep assist. It does not get the option of the mechanical diff from the GTI Performance Pack but does use XDS to brake the inside wheel for tidier cornering and a progressive steering system with a quicker rack and fewer turns lock-to-lock.
Interestingly, the Octavia vRS fitted with the 2.0-litre petrol engine and DSG gearbox is a substantial £2,880 cheaper than the VW Golf GTI manual in 5-door trim. The vRS is dirtier, producing 142g/km of CO2 as opposed to the GTIs 139g/km - putting them in separate road tax brackets.
Another quirk of the pricing is that manual 2.0-litre TDI Seat Leon FR flagship undercuts the Octavia’s equivalent by £1,685 and is a lot cleaner, producing only 109g/km of CO2 playing the vRS’ 119g/km.
In order for buyers to fully exploit the Octavia vRS’ performance - a 0-62mph time of 6.8sec for the petrol model is claimed – Skoda has engineered advanced multi-link rear suspension and a new chassis setup that features a 12mm lower ride height for the hatch and 13mm lower for the estate.<
Order books for the Skoda Octavia vRS are open with first deliveries expect in August. The vRS will also makes its UK debut this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.