Of course, as a ŠKODA dealer, you’d expect us to tell you that we’re huge fans, that they’re super impressive, and deliver so much more bang for your buck. So there you have it – they’re great, we love them.
Perhaps with a little more objectivity, we can tell you why.
For a long time, ŠKODA was the butt of motoring jokes, and being honest, you’d have to travel far and wide to find an owner that you’d consider ‘normal’, not just an enthusiast. However, the manufacturer of one of the world’s best-selling cars believed in them, and in 2000, they put their money on the line and purchased the small Czech manufacturer. That motoring giant was the Volkswagen Group.
Volkswagen also own Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Bentley, SEAT, and Ducati, which means there’s some great stablemates within the group, and not one of them could be considered as anything less than impressive, that gives you an indication of the calibre of ŠKODA.
The Octavia vRS iV could be called a ‘hot hybrid’, in so much as it has 243bhp, a 140mph top speed, and will hit 60mph in just over seven seconds. Incredibly, it uses just a 1.4 litre petrol engine (which in itself is impressive – the ‘Holy Grail’ of engine development used to be 100bhp per litre), and an 85kW electric motor, with a 13kWh battery pack to achieve those figures.
The hybrid system is the same as the one being used by Volkswagen in the Golf GTE, and by SEAT for the Cupra Leon, which means it’s a tried and tested system, offering excellent reliability. Speaking of the hybrid system – there’s enough range (around 37-miles) for most of the daily tasks or commutes, and thanks to some clever engineering, accommodating the system means that you lose just five litres of space from the regular fuel tank. Boot space remains at 450 litres.
Of course, being a hybrid, you’ll want to know about emissions, and whether the plug-in version of the hot Octavia makes it worthwhile – emissions are approximately 30g/Km, and that’s under the new, stricter, WLTP rules. So the answer is yes, definitely.
The new vRS iV Octavia is sporty, without being over the top. It’s been lowered 15mm from the standard Octavia, sits on bigger wheels (18” as standard, with an option for 19”) and has a redesigned front; sporty black front grille, larger air intake, and black trim above the foglights, which almost fools you into thinking they’re for aero efficiency.
At the rear, you’ll also find a redesigned diffuser, and a small ‘lip’ spoiler on the bootlid, which doesn’t really do much in the aerodynamic department, but does just complete the styling. Again, understated is the key word here.
On the inside, it’s a similar story. There’s nothing garish, just quality touches that tell you you’re driving something a little different – red stitching on the trim, mood lighting to match, and an option for Alcantara material for the trimming of the seats, dash and headlining.
For some people, unless a car like this has a German badge on the boot, it just doesn’t work for them. That’s fine, the competition do offer some great models after all, but for the more discerning motorist that recognises true engineering, with a little added value, ŠKODA have the market covered, and rightly so.
And don’t think that because it’s good value (aka, cost-effective, cheap), that reliability will be poor – ŠKODA regularly top the reliability charts with their models, quite often beating out their parent company, and everyone knows about the legendary Volkswagen reliability.
Performance, style (by the bucket load), reliability, hybrid power and more technology than your local branch of PC World, all at a fair price. What’s not to like?
If you’d like to find out more information, perhaps take a look for yourself as why the vRS iV Octavia makes plenty of sense, then get in touch – our professional team will be happy to help.