First plug-in Octavia vRS to cost £35,020
23rd Oct 2020 Danny Morgan
Skoda’s first performance plug-in hybrid – the Octavia vRS PHEV – will cost from £35,020 and is available to order from November 3rd.
What is it?
The first Skoda Octavia vRS launched in 2001, powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged engine from the VW Golf GTI and had an impressive 0-62mph time of less than eight seconds.
But nearly 20 years on, Skoda is launching its very first plug-in hybrid vRS model and it’s starting with the Octavia once again.
What you need to know?
Other than being the first plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Octavia vRS, the thing we all want to know about any performance car is its performance.
The Octavia vRS PHEV combines a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an 85kW electric motor delivering a total power output of 245PS or around 240bhp.
It also develops a maximum torque output of 400Nm, which is 30 more than the previous Octavia vRS.
All that results in a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds and top speed of 139mph. Skoda says the new vRS PHEV will go from 50-70mph 2.2 seconds quicker than the previous petrol-only Octavia vRS.
Design and equipment
While performance differs between the petrol-only and PHEV model, designs remains more or less the same on both the hatch and estate versions.
You still get the familiar vRS black detailing, double-slat radiator grille, lower air diffuser, while the door mirrors, window frames are finished in a slick gloss black. There’s also a nice little rear spoiler for a sporty touch, also in black.
Inside the driver will be greeted by a leather steering wheel with DSG flappy paddles, as well as a digital cockpit. The front is equipped with heated sports seats, which also bears the vRS logo.
Electric range and charging
The 13kWh battery pack delivers around 39 miles of pure-electric range (WLTP). The Octavia vRS PHEV will charge at a maximum of 3.6kW when using a standard home charge point, meaning an empty to full charge will take around 3.5 hours.
Prices start from £35,020 for the hatch version or £36,220 for the estate.