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Body style: Wagon (station wagon, estate, combi, touring)
Segment: Compact
Production years: 2002, 2003, 2004

Skoda introduced a station-wagon version for the Octavia RS in 2002 and transformed its fastback sedan into a fast family carrier, with one of the biggest trunks in its class.

Since Skoda built the Octavia on the same platform as the Volkswagen Golf, it was easy for the Czech carmaker to drop a sporty drivetrain into the engine bay. All it needed was approval from Volkswagen Group. Thus, in 2001, the Czech brand presented the RS as a five-door fastback and in 2002, the station-wagon.

The Octavia vRS was considered a poor's man GTI. It offered plenty of features for a family and a hot-hatch engine under the hood, and that was noticeable on the car's exterior. The carmaker installed a new front bumper with an apron and a wider grille at the bottom. From its sides, the unique light-alloy wheels design made a clear difference when compared with the rest of the range. On top of the tailgate, Skoda installed a roof-spoiler designed especially for the Octavia RS Combi.

Inside, the carmaker mounted sport bucket-seats with high bolstering to ensure a better grip for the driver and the front passengers during high-speed cornering. Its two-tone interior was unique for the vRS version, and its standard features list was longer than on the regular Octavia. Though, the heated seats and the ESP were on the options list.

Under the hood, Skoda installed a 1.8-liter turbocharged gasoline engine paired as standard to a five-speed manual and sent its power to the front wheels only. Still, the car featured stiffened suspension, bigger brakes, and independent suspension in all corners.

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SKODA Octavia Combi RS 1.8T 2002, 2003, 2004
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  • 1.8T
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SKODA Octavia Combi RS 1.8T 1.8T

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8T
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1781 cm3
Power
132 KW @ 5500 RPM
180 HP @ 5500 RPM
177 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
173 lb-ft @ 1950 RPM
235 Nm @ 1950 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
143.5 mph (231 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 5 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
205/55 R16
DIMENSIONS
Length
177.5 in (4509 mm)
Width
68.1 in (1730 mm)
Height
57.5 in (1461 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.5/58.7 in (1,511/1,491 mm)
Wheelbase
68.8 in (1748 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
19.3 cuFT (547 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.3
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2899.1 lbs (1315 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21.8 mpg US (10.8 L/100Km)
Highway
36.7 mpg US (6.4 L/100Km)
Combined
29.4 mpg US (8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
190.4 g/km
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