Skoda Octavia: The RS is back!

If you look back a few years, there weren’t many enthusiastic or rather sporty cars in the Indian market. The consumers always had a notion for considering fuel-efficient cars over anything else. That explains the leadership for Maruti Suzuki as a carmaker, right?

Well, Skoda has always had a sportier RS offering in the European markets. India was no different too, as we have seen a couple of versions of the Octavia RS – heck, even the Laura RS – in the Indian market.

While the other RS-spec versions of the Octavia were merely different from the standard car, the 2017 version – based on the current one – was an outright hooligan. It was, however, sold out as quickly as hot pancakes since there were only 500 of those allocated to the Indian market. This time around, the Skoda Octavia is back, and it gets the 245 suffix, meaning it puts out 245bhp. Here’s a complete lowdown.

Specifications

There’s simply nothing to like about the Skoda Octavia’s design. If you like sporty cars, this one, in fact, is worth drooling over. As far as the overall specifications are concerned, the car measures 4,670mm in length, 1,814mm in width, and 1,476mm in height. The standard Octavia has a ground clearance of 155mm. Expect this one to be a tad bit lower. The kerb weight should be somewhere ranging from 1,500-1,600kg. Moreover, it has a boot-space capacity of 590-litres and a fuel tank capacity of 50-litres.

Under the hood, the Skoda Octavia even trumps the 2017 model, as it churns out more power and torque. It is still the same 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine, which now churns out 245bhp and 370Nm of torque. It comes mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. From a standstill, the RS 245 takes 6.6sec to breach the 100km/h mark. The top speed, however, is still limited to 250km/h.

Mileage

Don’t expect the Octavia RS 245 to be the most fuel-efficient sedan in the country. If driven sanely, it can, however, return somewhere around 10-11km/l. Push it hard, however, and expect numbers as much as an S-Class.

Features

As far as equipment is concerned, the Octavia RS 245 carries forward all the feel-good features from the top-spec L&K variant. Therefore, it comes with a fully digital instrument cluster (read: Virtual Cockpit), dual-zone climate control, powered front seat with memory function, and much more.

The RS 245 version pushes the ante a step up, as it brings blacked-out elements inside the already beautiful LED headlamp, LED taillamp, fog lamps, and ORVMs. It also gets steel exhaust tips and a boot spoiler. Moreover, it now gets newer design for the alloy wheels, flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel, Alcantara leather seats, and a dedicated vRS mode.

The interiors are now finished in all-black, giving it a sportier look inside, in comparison to the standard model. The Alcantara seats were previously seen on the Kodiaq RS when we drove it back in Prague. The seats are extremely comfortable and there’s only little to complain inside the cabin.

Colours

The Octavia, as of early-2020, comes in four shades, namely, Candy White, Magic Black, Quartz Grey, and Cappuccino Beige. A new exuberant Race Blue shade made its debut with the Octavia RS 245 at the Auto Expo 2020.

Brochure

All the details regarding the Skoda Octavia RS 245, namely, the engine, specifications, variant wise equipment, colours, dimensions, interiors, and exterior details are extensively covered in the brochure.

Variants and Prices

As of early-2020, the Skoda Octavia RS 245 is available in a single variant, witha sole engine-gearbox. The prices start are Rs. 35.99 lakhs for the RS 245 variant (ex-showroom, Delhi). There are only 200 variants of the Skoda Octavia RS 245, allocated for the Indian market. For the variant-wise on-road prices, visit us at autoX.

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