Hot diesel for Skoda

Octavia vRS

Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0 TDI, 2021, front
Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0 TDI, 2021, rear
Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0 TDI, 2021, hatch and estate
Skoda Octavia vRS 2.0 TDI, 2021, interior

CZECH car maker Skoda has added a third engine option to its new Octavia vRS line-up with the introduction of a hot diesel model priced from £32,260.

The 2.0-litre TDI version joins the 2.0-litre TSI petrol and 1.4 TSI PHEV models unveiled in December and introduces the option of four-wheel drive for the first time on the fourth-generation Octavia vRS.

The Octavia vRS 2.0 TDI features the most powerful diesel engine Skoda has offered in a vRS model with a peak power output of 200ps - a 16ps increase over the outgoing model.

The engine is one of the latest generation of the Volkswagen group's EVO power units and power is delivered to the wheels via a seven-speed DSG gearbox.

It gives the diesel vRS a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 6.8 seconds in 4x4 guise - the same as the 2.0-litre petrol. Fuel economy figures are still to be released.

The all-wheel-drive system - which is available on the vRS 2.0 TDI 200ps DSG 4x4 model distributes power via a new, electronically controlled sixth-generation multi-plate clutch which is lighter than before.

In terms of design, the diesel-powered Octavia vRS models are identical to their petrol and iV plug-in hybrid siblings.

Both hatch and estate models feature their own front and rear bumper designs with plenty of black details. These include the double-slat radiator grille, lower air diffuser and the distinctive air curtains above the front fog lights.

The door mirror housings and window frames are also finished in gloss black, while the estate model is finished with black roof bars as standard.

At the rear, the hatch model adds gloss black aero flaps, a diffuser and a boot lid spoiler, while both models come with chrome exhaust tailpipes and bespoke vRS and iV badging as standard.

The 4x4 vRS costs from £33,745 while estate versions are priced from £33,530 and £34,975 respectively.

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