Skoda Octavia vRS 4X4 has gone on sale in the United Kingdom from today. The Octavia vRS 4X4 hatch has been priced at £27,315 OTR, while the Estate comes at a price of £28,515 OTR. The vRS 230 model was unveiled last year and the 4X4 derivative further expands the vehicle range. Just so you know, all-wheel-drive system has been offered for the first time with the vRS range.

Skoda Octavia vRS 230
Skoda Octavia vRS 230

As for features, Skoda Octavia vRS 4X4 comes loaded with bi-xenon headlights, Amundsen touchscreen satellite navigation system, 18-inch Gemini anthracite alloy wheels, sports suspension and dual-zone climate control with humidity sensor. The all-wheel-drive models also boast of multi-link sports suspension and electronic differential lock XDS+ for enhanced safety and comfort. In addition, a special package is being offered by Skoda which includes unique vRS bumpers, spoiler and interior.

Skoda Octavia vRS 4X4
Skoda Octavia vRS 4X4

Under the hood, the Octavia vRS 4X4 has a 2.0L TDI diesel engine which develops a maximum power of 184PS and peak torque of 380Nm between 1,750-3,250rpm. The engine is linked to a 6-speed DSG automatic gearbox as standard, while the power is transferred to all the four wheels. The vRS 4X4 hatch variant does a 0-62mph sprint in just 7.6 seconds, while the Estate variant does the same in 7.7 seconds. For those wondering, the 4X2 or two-wheel-drive model touches 62mph mark from stadstill in 7.9 seconds. The fuel economy figures for the hatch and Estate are 57.7mpg and 56.5mpg, respectively. The CO2 output figures stand at 129g/km for the hatch and 131g/km for the estate.

The new generation of the Skoda Octavia will be revealed in November according to an official statement coming from the Volkswagen Group during the Moscow Motor Show. The car is scheduled to hit the market at the beginning of next year and it represents the fourth car within the VW Group to feature the MQB platform. The other three cars so far are the Audi A3, Seat Leon and the seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf which will debut at the beginning of September. Thanks to this switch to the MQB platform, the all-new Octavia is expected to be lighter but larger than the model we see on the roads today. Expect to see a length of 4.8 meters so that the Rapid will have room in the automaker’s lineup.

The company’s best-seller model will also be pushed upmarket, but the entry-level versions will stick to the vehicle’s tradition of providing more room inside the cabin for a lower price tag in comparison to its most important rivals in this competitive segment. The higher-end versions will get a steeper price tag but will come with more premium equipment compared to previous generations of the Octavia.

2009 Skoda Octavia

As far as the engine lineup is concerned, the new generation of the Skoda Octavia will get approximately the same engines as the aforementioned Volkswagen Golf 7, including a 1.4-liter TSI gasoline unit with cylinder deactivation and the 1.6-liter TDI that should allow the car to have CO2 emissions of less than 100 g/km. The more frugal Octavia Greenline is also expected to make a comeback, along with a more potent vRS model that will probably be motivated by the 2.0-liter turbocharged EA888 gasoline unit that will also be available for the new VW Golf.