2016 SKODA Octavia vRS 4x4 The ŠKODA Octavia vRS four-wheel drive has surfaced in the U.K. to mark a further expansion of the vRS range. Available in both hatch and estate form, the new vRS 4×4 is priced from 27,315 pounds and brings all-wheel-drive capability to the vRS range for the first time. The third-generation ŠKODA Octavia vRS was launched in 2013 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and has enjoyed strong demand across all European markets with more than 58,000 units produced to date.

Designed to conquer road conditions that blight UK roads through the dark winter months, the new Octavia vRS is 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 Octavia vRS 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 100 km/h in just 7.6 seconds (Estate 7.7 seconds) – some 0.3 seconds quicker than the two-wheel-drive model).

Prices for the Octavia vRS 4×4 range start from 27,315 pounds. 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.

Edited: ŠKODA