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Skoda Octavia vRS iV plugs in

Skoda’s performance Octavia model now features a 245hp plug-in hybrid powertrain

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Skoda has finally pulled back the covers on its new Octavia vRS iV following months of teaser images.

Key to the new version of the performance model is a plug-in hybrid powertrain in a first for the nameplate. This sees a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine linked up to an 85kW electric motor, combining to produce 245hp and 400Nm of torque.

As a result, 0-60mph comes in 7.1 seconds with a top speed of 140mph said to be possible. Skoda has yet to confirm exact efficiency figures, though has said it expects the vRS iV to emit around 30g/km of CO2 as well as offering 37 miles of electric-only driving.

In typical vRS fashion, the performance variant of the Octavia also sports a number of subtle styling tweaks. Black inserts feature on the front of the car and around the windows, while a diffuser sits at the rear of the car — residing below a red reflective strip.

Saloon variants of the Octavia vRS iV sport a black rear spoiler too, while estate versions see a body-coloured item. 18-inch alloy wheels come as standard, with 19-inch alloy wheels available optionally too.

  • Skoda Octavia vRS iV saloon - front
  • Skoda Octavia vRS iV saloon - rear
  • Skoda Octavia vRS iV estate - rear | The Car Expert
  • Skoda Octavia vRS iV - interior

Inside the car, a three-spoke leather steering wheel with vRS branding features alongside fabric-upholstered sports seats as standard. Alcantara units can be had in place of these optionally, while aluminium pedals and decorative vRS inserts add to the aesthetic.

Rumours ahead of the launch of the car suggested pure-petrol and diesel versions of the Octavia vRS would be offered too, as they have in previous generations, however Skoda has yet to confirm the existence of either of these powertrains.

Expect to hear more on pricing, specifications and availability of the Skoda Octavia vRS iV later in the year.

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Ryan Hirons
Ryan Hirons
Articles by Ryan Hirons 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.