All Wheel Drive Skoda Octavia VRS Powers Into Retailers


January 28, 2016 By Mike Lee
Last updated on January 28, 2016

All Wheel Drive Skoda Octavia VRS Powers Into Retailers

  • New Octavia vRS 4×4 available in hatch and estate forms
  • Prices from £27,315 (hatch) and £28,515 (Estate)
  • Exceptional performance, traction and economy – perfect for the British winter
  • On sale and available at ŠKODA retailers across the country
  • High equipment levels with satellite navigation and bi-xenon headlights as standard

Mother nature might be doing her best to make life as difficult as possible for British drivers, but ŠKODA is fighting back with the arrival of a new four-wheel drive version of the acclaimed Octavia vRS. Designed to conquer road conditions that blight UK roads through the dark winter months, the new Octavia vRS 4×4 has officially landed in retailers across the country.

The Octavia vRS 4×4 marks a further expansion of the vRS range, and follows hot in the wheel-tracks of the vRS 230 model unveiled last year. Available in both hatch and estate form, the new vRS 4×4 is priced from £27,315 (£28,515 Estate) and brings all-wheel-drive capability to the vRS range for the first time.

Powered by a 2.0 TDI 184PS diesel engine and equipped with a six-speed DSG gearbox as standard, the vRS 4×4 combines a high torque output (380Nm between 1,750-3,250rpm) with surefooted traction delivered by its four-wheel-drive system. Designed to maximise grip in all conditions, the four-wheel-drive system constantly monitors traction at each wheel and directs power to whichever axle requires it.

Like its vRS siblings, the new 4×4 model also features a host of engineering features that allow drivers to fully and safely exploit the car’s performance potential. These include multi-link sports suspension and electronic differential lock XDS+ for dynamic cornering, progressive steering and numerous assistance systems for enhanced safety and comfort. The vRS also features a striking design package that includes unique vRS bumpers, spoiler and interior.

In terms of performance, Octavia vRS 4×4 hatch models can sprint from zero to 62mph in just 7.6 seconds (Estate 7.7 seconds) – some 0.3 seconds quicker than the two-wheel-drive model). Yet despite this sharper performance, the vRS 4×4 still enjoys remarkable fuel economy, returning 57.7mpg on the combined cycle (56.5mpg Estate). CO2 output figures are 129g/km for the hatch and 131g/km for the estate.

Prices for the Octavia vRS 4×4 range start from £27,315 OTR for the Hatch and £28,515 OTR for the Estate, a premium of £1,450 over the two-wheel-drive model. And, as customers have come to expect from ŠKODA, the vRS 4×4 comes packed with standard equipment, including  Amundsen touchscreen satellite navigation system, 18-inch Gemini anthracite alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, sports suspension and dual-zone climate control with humidity sensor.

More than 30,000 Octavia vRS models have been sold in the UK since its introduction in 2001. Its unique combination of performance, value and unrivalled levels of space has made it a popular choice with UK buyers.

The third-generation ŠKODA Octavia vRS was launched in 2013 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and has enjoyed strong demand across all markets with more than 58,000 units produced to date. The UK remains one the strongest markets for the vRS, with more than 30,000 Octavia vRS models sold since the brand was introduced in 2001. In total, more than 165,000 Octavia vRS models have been built.