Octavia SportLine launched with 2.0 TSI

Bigger petrol engine finally migrates to a non-RS model – and adds all-wheel drive into the bargain

By Sam Sheehan / Friday, April 9, 2021 / Loading comments

Sound the Q car klaxon, because Skoda is introducing its 2.0-litre TSI engine to a non-vRS-badged Octavia via its newly launched SportLine trim, giving buyers the option of a 190hp all-wheel drive variant without the full range-topping performance makeover. We’ve not been given the full technical specification yet, but it seems highly likely the motor will have the 236lb ft of torque it does elsewhere in the VW Group range, meaning punchy performance and the possibility of a sub-seven-second 0-62mph time. 

The top motor of the SportLine (yep, now with a capital L) grade is essentially a de-tuned version of the 245hp vRS’s engine, elevating the 190hp model to the top of the normal range, bridging a gap between the £25k SE L line-up and that £30,620 range-topper. UK pricing is yet to be confirmed, but given that the Sportline model will also include a 1.5 TSI and plug-in hybrid options, expect the top-grade version to sit beyond £25k. The 200hp TDI 2.0-litre motor will also be available.

No matter the engine, the Sportline models will come dressed with little more than some black detailing to signify their rank. Look more closely and you’ll see the front spoiler, Skoda grille and rear diffuser all receive a smattering of paint, while the Skoda lettering on the boot is also finished in black. Most significant, but still pretty subtle, is a rear spoiler, while 18-inch Vega wheels complete the understated (at least on the 2.0-litre models) package. Certainly, there’s little there to suggest you have a car nudging on hot hatch performance. You can have a wagon, too. 

Inside, the SportLine models get fabric trimmings around the instrument panel, with piano black ‘decorative’ strips. Cars get Skoda’s sports seats with slightly more bolstering and integrated headrests as standard, wrapped in a breathable ‘ThermoFlux’ upholstery. The digital kit list is as before, with a instrument cluster display and infotainment screen, but a welcome supply of physical buttons, too.

Buyers can, as you’d expect, upgrade the spec further – not least with the dynamic chassis control we’d suggest is a no brainer in Britain. Other options include proactive safety systems like the VW Group’s 360-degree collision avoidance systems and a new central airbag between the front seats. It’s all very functional and smart sounding. Typical Skoda, then. Pricing and further details when we have them.

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