New ŠKODA Octavia vRS 230: power, performance, fuel efficiency, equipment, safety, boot size and price.
What Is it?
The ŠKODA Octavia vRS 230 is the most powerful, thrilling and fashionable version of the manufacturer's large, family class, vehicle. It blends the features that family motorists require – such as space, sensible running costs and reassuring safety features – with the performance of a sports car. The vRS 230 trim is available in hatchback and estate form and distinguished from tame versions by a range of styling cues. Highlights include its: black rear spoiler, black front grille, black mirror caps and the diffusers. The handling is optimised, in part, by the stiffened sports suspension and an electronically locking front differential.
What Engine Does It Have?
The ŠKODA Octavia vRS 230 is powered by a 2.0-litre, 230PS, petrol engine that sends power to the front wheels. This 4-cylinder unit also produces 350Nm of torque at 1,500rpm. Performance, fuel consumption and emissions vary based on the body style and type of transmission. The latter comes in 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic form. The auto enables the motorist to cruise in auto mode, or select every gear manually without a food operated clutch.
- Hatchback manual: 0-62mph 6.8 seconds, top speed 154mph, average fuel consumption 45.6mpg and carbon emissions 142g/km.
- Estate manual: 0-62mph 6.9 seconds, top speed 152mph, average fuel consumption 44.8mpg and carbon emissions 143g/km.
- Hatchback automatic: 0-62mph 6.9 seconds, top speed 152mph, average fuel consumption 44.1mpg and carbon emissions 146g/km.
- Estate automatic: 0-62mph 7.1 seconds, top speed 150mph, average fuel consumption 43.5mpg and carbon emissions 147g/km.
What Equipment Does It Have?
Octavia vRS 230 equipment includes: satellite navigation, daytime running lights, parking sensors, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, front fog lights and voice control (telephone and satellite navigation functions only). It also has a sensor that monitors for signs of fatigue such as sudden steering movements. If the system concludes the motorist is tired, it recommends rest. The warning comes via a tone and a light on the dashboard. The vRS interior also benefits from: leather trim, stainless steel peddles and contrast stitching on the wheel, seats and gear stick surround.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
The vRS 230 has a larger boot than many competitors. Hatchback capacity is 590-litres rising to 1,580-litres with the rear seats folded flat. The estate, in contrast, tips the scales at 610-litres rising to 1,740. Furthermore, Euro NCAP – the body that assesses new car safety – awarded the Octavia range a maximum 5-star rating.
How Much Is It?
The ŠKODA Octavia vRS 230 costs £26,350 to £28,940. The price includes a 2 year, unlimited mileage, manufacturer warranty. From year 3, the warranty has a mileage limitation of 60,000. This sporty model is also covered by a 12 year body protection warranty.