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Skoda Octavia RS Photo: Supplied
Skoda Octavia RS Photo: Supplied
Skoda Octavia RS Photo: Supplied
 
 
Daniel DeGasperi | Sep, 03 2018 | 0 Comments

Skoda is offering more for less with an update to its Octavia RS, raising the power and torque of the regular model, injecting it with a standard mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD) and reducing the entry price to automatic ownership by $1400 to $39,990 plus on-road costs.

Gone is the 169kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and six-speed manual, replaced by a 180kW/370Nm tune and seven-speed dual-clutch Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) that improve zero to 100km/h performance by two-tenths to 6.6 seconds.

That drivetrain configuration previously cost $5900 more in the outgoing Octavia RS245, while along with an LSD in the regular model grade for the first time, the MY19 Octavia RS also now mirrors the mechanical underpinnings of the $45,490 (plus orc) Volkswagen MY19 Golf GTI.

Still available in five-door liftback or the more popular wagon, now from $41,490 (plus orc), the MY19 Octavia RS scores 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic on/off wipers and LED headlights, foglights, rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking (AEB), cloth sports seats, alloy pedals, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and rear-view camera, plus dual-zone climate control.

An MY19 Octavia RS245 remains in the range, rounding it out from $45,490 (plus orc) for the liftback and $46,990 (plus orc) for the wagon, though it no longer offers higher outputs.

Instead Skoda has, in addition to reducing the pricetag by $400 compared with the previous Octavia RS245, included the formerly optional ($2300) Tech pack as standard for a total value improvement of $2700 compared to before.

The extra kit includes three-mode adaptive suspension, keyless auto-entry with push-button start, front parking sensors with auto reverse-park assist, 9.2-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, as well as a 10-speaker Canton audio system and wireless phone charging.

For the first time both MY19 Octavia RS and Octavia RS245 get a stand-alone - but $700 optional - colour driver display dubbed Virtual Cockpit, which is the same cost to upgrade each to 19in alloys.

Also optional ($2800) on both model grades, a Luxury Pack adds leather/suede trim, electrically adjustable front seats, heated front and rear seats, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, blind-spot monitor and active lane-keep assistance.

A regular sunroof asks $1500 on liftback variants, while wagon models can be had with an optional panoramic sunroof for $1700 and electric tailgate for $500 extra.

In addition to Skoda Australia’s standard five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty, the revised Octavias are offered with a three-year/45,000km or five-year/75,000km servicing package priced at $860 and $1700 respectively.

The MY19 Octavia RS and Octavia RS245 go on-sale in October.

 
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