The new ŠKODA Octavia vRS iV plug-in hybrid has an electric range of up to 39 miles, CO2 emissions from 26-36g/km and economy of up to 256.8mpg. The saloon is priced from £35,020, and £36,220 for the estate.
The Octavia vRS iV plug-in hybrid has a 1.4 TSI petrol engine, delivering 150PS, while an 85kW electric motor boosts the combined power output up to 245PS. Maximum torque output is 400Nm – 30Nm more than the previous Octavia vRS model.
The vRS iV is fitted with a 13kWh lithium-ion battery pack which can provide up to 39 miles of pure electric drive (WLTP) in addition to boosting the performance of the petrol engine. Charging is via a Type 2 connection and port located on the passenger side front wing. When connected to a 3.6kW charger, the battery pack can be charged from empty to full in 3.5 hours. Using a domestic three-pin 2.3kW power source, the pack can be fully charged in five hours.
The hatch version has combined WLTP fuel consumption figures of 256.8 – 176.6mpg, while the estate has WLTP combined figures of 235.4 – 176.6mpg. WLTP weighted CO2 figures are 26-36g/km for the hatch and 27-36g/km for the estate version.
The vRS iV is equipped with a six-speed DSG transmission with shift-by-wire technology as standard and is front-wheel drive. Both vRS iV body variants accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 7.3 seconds and have a top speed of 139mph. Thanks to the increased torque output over the petrol-only Octavia vRS, the iV model is more than 2.2 seconds quicker from 50-70mph.
The car can run in Hybrid mode, and there’s also the option to charge the battery when driving. Both vRS iV models also feature an E-mode button for electric/hybrid drive and a Sport button that delivers maximum output from the drivetrain.