The potent 2020 Skoda Octavia vRS iV will be revealed in Geneva – but this time it’s a PHEV plug-in hybrid, due to reach our showrooms in the autumn.
With only days to go ahead of its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week, the 2020 Skoda Octavia vRS iV has been teased yet again – this time in a video preview. In it we get to see more of the finer details of the new car, which will be the first vRS-badged Skoda to get a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain.
In the video, we see a more chiselled front end, which will stand out against other Octavia models thanks to a gloss black grille, a more aggressive bumper and the tell-tale vRS badge – plus the new iV badge to denote its hybrid powertrain and oversized black alloy wheels cover red brake calipers. It’s all very vRS!
At the rear of both the hatchback and estate will be a full-width reflector bar, two large exhaust finishers and LED tail-lights. The hatchback will get a gloss black tailgate lip, while the estate will get a sizeable roof spoiler.
The video also reveal our first look at the interior of the new Octavia vRS iV. The front seats highlight the sporty nature of the car, with extra bolster support to keep you in place in quick corners. They’re trimmed in black fabric with a diamond stitching pattern with integrated headrests.
Other sporty touches include a flat-bottom steering wheel, plenty of red stitching, two-colour pedals, vRS door plates and red ambient interior lighting.
Set to go up against hot hatchbacks like the Volkswagen Golf GTI, Hyundai i30 N and Ford Focus ST, the Octavia vRS iV will come with a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain for the first time.
The vRS iV should get a modest power boost over the current model in line with the 2020 Volkswagen Golf GTI. We know the PHEV will produce 242hp, with a 0-62mph time of around 6.5 seconds.
Skoda claims a CO2 output of just 30g/km, meaning it’ll be Congestion Charge-exempt and it’ll have a low tax rating for company car drivers, plus be able to travel for up to 34 miles using pure electric power. The new Octavia vRS may get conventional petrol and diesel powertrains too, seeing as the new Cupra Leon gets the choice of three petrol engines – and the plug-in hybrid. We’ll have to wait and see.
Although it’ll be priced to rival the Ford Focus ST and Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Octavia vRS iV will be bigger and more practical than both those cars. In terms of space, it’ll once again be a closer rival to the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat.