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New Skoda Octavia vRS on sale this month

Performance estate and hatch incorporate a high level of standard equipment.

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Skoda has announced that first versions of its performance Octavia vRS will hit the market at the end of the month priced from £31,495.

Both a hatch and estate version will be available, with the latter commanding a slightly higher price tag of £32,695.

The Octavia vRS will initially be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 245hp, though a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel and a plug-in hybrid version will also join the ranks over the coming months.

That initial petrol-powered variant will send power through a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox and be capable of hitting 60mph from zero in 6.5 seconds. It also benefits from a ride height lowered by 1.5cm over the standard Octavia, as well as an electronic limited-slip differential.

Both the estate and hatch benefit from redesigned front and rear bumpers with a variety of black details, while the door mirror housings and window frames are also finished in gloss black.

The hatch also gets gloss black aero flaps and diffuser at the rear while the estate benefits from gloss black roof rails.

Inside, there’s a new multifunction steering wheel, heated front sport seats, ambient lighting and aluminium pedals. The vRS also benefits from Skoda’s latest digital instrument display panel, along with a ten-inch central display. All cars also get full LED Matrix headlights, adaptive cruise control and parking sensors.

Though prices for the petrol Octavia vRS have been announced this week, prices for the other powertrains in the range will be revealed at a later date.

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Jack Evans
Jack Evans
Articles by Jack Evans are provided for The Car Expert by PA Media (formerly the Press Association). They include test drives of the latest new cars and features on various aspects of automotive life.