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2022 Skoda Octavia RS iV hybrid assessment: Bridging the hole | Autocar India

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With its 245hp now coming from a smaller 1.four TSI and an e-motor, is that this nonetheless the sports activities sedan we all know and love?

Proper now, Skoda’s ICE vary goes sturdy, however on the different finish, it’s launched a variety of EVs below the Enyaq iV umbrella. The place the 2 meet within the center is that this automotive – the Octavia RS iV – a plug-in hybrid efficiency sedan, which is a tantalising bridge between ICE and EV. So simply what are we working with right here?

2022 Skoda Octavia RS iV: exterior, inside

The iV is sort of indistinguishable from the ICE variations, save for a badge on the tailgate and the charging port on the entrance left flank. In comparison with a daily Octavia, there are the standard modifications – black grille, refined bootlid spoiler, greater exhaust ideas, sportier bumpers and wheels (now 19 inches) and RS badges entrance and rear.

Sportier bumper, 19-inch wheels and RS badging among the refined updates on the Octavia RS iV.

Inside too, the RS updates are refined. There’s a flat-bottom steering wheel, Alcantara and carbon-fibre trim on the sprint, and that’s about it. The closely bolstered seats are the large giveaway, and like those within the previous RS245, they’re beautifully snug and supportive. The remainder of the inside is that of the Octavia we all know and love, and at instances don’t. It’s spacious and comfy wherever you’re sat, it’s acquired a premium design and is extremely effectively outfitted.

Plush sports activities seats are a spotlight.

This European model even options ADAS tech and an HUD. However, as earlier than, the good 10-inch touchscreen has swallowed up far too many primary controls, and you can’t have a sunroof. What’s extra, the Octavia’s trademark 600-litre boot is all the way down to 450 litres due to the hybrid’s battery pack.

2022 Skoda Octavia RS iV: engine, gearbox and gas economic system

You’ll be happy to know the RS iV makes an an identical 245hp to its petrol-only counterpart, and torque is up from 370Nm to 400Nm. The 1.four TSI engine makes 150hp and 250Nm by itself, whereas the extra energy and torque comes from an electrical motor drawing energy from a 13kWh battery. The true benefit is that claimed gas consumption (on the WLTP cycle) is up from 14.38kpl to 83kpl in comparison with the two.Zero TSI, whereas CO2 consumption is down from 160g/km to only 28g/km. It’s even claimed to do 62km on electrical energy alone on a full cost!

The Octavia RS iV showcases fast efficiency on a completely charged battery.

With a full battery cost and tank of gas, the RS iV is at its performance-car finest. It launches you off the road with the identical type of urgency you bear in mind from the RS245, the six-speed DSG (not seven) slamming house successfully each time. You’re feeling the complete complement of electrical energy and inner combustion at your disposal, filling in torque gaps and masking turbo lag.

The Octavia RS iV may also be pushed in pure EV mode for as much as 62km

If you happen to nonetheless have battery left, you may let it drop into EV mode round city, cruising silently and emitting no pollution. By the way, you may manually choose EV mode, or you may let the automotive do it mechanically. Sport mode, by the way, introduces a man-made engine observe into the cabin, which, relying on the place you stand on this type of factor, will both irk you or encourage you to drive quicker.

Spirited driving can drain the battery of the Octavia RS iV in a short time.

The place you can see your self muttering “there’s no alternative for displacement” below your breath in frustration is out on the freeway. At three-digit speeds, an overtaking manoeuvre lacks that effortlessness you’d have gotten from the larger 2.Zero TSI, and it doesn’t really feel like the electrical motor helps a lot right here. Extra worryingly, a bout of spirited driving can drain the battery all too rapidly, after which you don’t have any electrical help in any respect, which actually could be felt. Charging it on regen takes far too lengthy, and plugging in is the practical technique to regain these kWs.

Surprisingly good journey on 19-inch wheels.

The previous RS245 was maybe the dynamic gold commonplace for front-wheel-drive vehicles in India, and that hasn’t modified. The steering is straightforward round city but sharp; fast, however to not the purpose of creating the automotive twitchy. It’s surprisingly snug on its 19-inch wheels, and even this European automotive – 15mm decrease than the usual Octavia – seems to have loads of floor clearance. But, the RS feels extremely managed round corners and at freeway speeds.

2022 Skoda Octavia RS iV: will it come to India?

Whereas Skoda hasn’t formally confirmed it, sources have advised us the Octavia RS iV is on monitor for a 2023 India launch. Like its instant predecessor, the last-gen Octavia RS245, it will likely be a CBU import introduced over in restricted numbers, which implies an ex-showroom worth possible north of Rs 40 lakh. That places it in a fair smaller area of interest than the previous 245, and nearer in worth to the likes of the BMW 2 Collection Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz A category Limousine, however what it’ll supply this time is one thing totally completely different.

The plug-in hybrid Octavia RS can be a novel providing if it arrives on our shores.

With nearly no plug-in hybrids in India, aside from on the 1-crore-plus finish of the market, this can be a novel providing at its worth level. Some will miss the purity of the TSI-only 2.0-litre petrol model, however this extra complicated machine has a far greater position to play. Although not fairly as easy because the 245, it nonetheless delivers that driving pleasure you need. Furthermore, it’ll supply patrons a mix of efficiency and effectivity that may assist ease these on the fence in direction of the full-electric Enyaq iV, which can also be as a consequence of launch subsequent yr. The Octavia RS iV can be a automotive that allows you to have your cake and eat it too, and we really feel that, just like the RS245, it’ll change into a collectors’ merchandise for a choose few fortunate sufficient to get their palms on one.

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