2014 SKODA OCTAVIA RS AUSTRALIA
Skoda’s powerful new Octavia RS twins are now on sale in Australia, following an official unveiling at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The RS models are again available in liftback sedan and wagon form, with the choice of petrol and diesel powertrains.
The Octavia RS TSI also comes in at $4000 less than the smaller Golf GTI that shares its powertrain, something sure to boost the Skoda’s appeal for family-hauling buyers.
Buyers with a preference for a potent diesel can look to the $39,790 RS 135 TDI, made more appealing by the new Golf GTD diesel’s continued absence in Australia.
The headline act in the new Octavia RS range is also the entry option, with the RS 162 TSI Manual sharing its 162kW/350Nm turbocharged petrol engine with the hero Golf GTI hatch.
The new mill’s output marks a 15kW and huge 70Nm increase over its predecessor, and Skoda promises a 0-100km/h time of just 6.8 seconds for the sedan.
This means that, despite being larger than its Golf stablemate, the petrol Octavia RS sedan will hit 100km/h just 0.3 seconds later.
The six-speed DSG auto version of the petrol RS sedan isn’t far behind, boasting a sprint time of 6.9 seconds.
At the wheel of the wagon, those times climb slightly to 6.9 and 7.1 seconds respectively.
In diesel form, the Octavia RS again shares its powertrain with a Golf - this time the new Golf GTD, not yet available in Australia.
The RS 135 TDI’s 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel engine produces 135kW and a hefty 380Nm, compared to 125kW and 350Nm in its predecessor.
The diesel RS can only be had with a DSG auto, and its 0-100km/h time is listed at 8.2 seconds for the sedan and 8.3 seconds for the wagon.
Fuel consumption for the manual and DSG petrol variants is listed at 6.4 and 6.6 l/100km in both sedan and wagon form, while the diesels list fuel use at 5.2 and 5.3 l/100km respectively.
Progressive steering, a 12mm lower ride-height, sports suspension, and XDL ‘extended’ electronic differential lock - all fitted as standard - make the RS models the sporting flagships of the range.
XDL works together with the regular electronic differential lock on the front axle, distributing braking and torque needs across the front wheels depending on the corner.
Features & Dimensions
Standard features in the Octavia RS models include a sports steering wheel and an eight-inch touch display with satellite navigation, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, 64gb internal memory and two SD card slots.
The display system also offers access to vehicle settings, with controls for the lights, windows, mirrors, parking sensors and central locking.
Safety features include nine airbags, electronic stability control and ESC Sport, anti-slip regulation, multi-collision brake control and tyre pressure monitoring.
Bi-xenon headlights and LED daytime running lights are also standard. Wheels are 18-inch in standard form.
The Octavia RS also gets Driving Mode Selection as standard, including controls for Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual driving modes.
Depending on the selection, the Driving Mode Selection system controls engine and transmission response, steering, headlights and even air conditioning.
Options include an electric sunroof (panoramic in the wagon), 19-inch black alloy wheels, Alcantara leather accents in the seats, and an automatic tailgate for the wagon.
In the sedan, the sunroof is a one-piece 821x981mm pane of tinted, heat-insulating glass. The wagon features a two-piece panoramic tilt/slide sunroof measuring 1362x870mm.
There’s also the Tech Pack, available from mid 2014. The Tech Pack adds Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, Automatic Parking Assist with acoustic front and rear parking sensors and a rear view camera, Advanced keyless entry including smart start, and premium ‘Canton’ sound system (10 loudspeakers and digital equaliser).
The new Octavia RS sedan is 88mm longer than its predecessor at 4685mm (86mm longer in the wagon), and 45mm wider at 1814mm. The wheelbase has also grown by 102mm.
There’s more headroom front and back, growing as much as 24mm in the rear. There’s also a 39mm increase in front elbow room, and 26mm in rear elbow room.
The sedan’s boot space has increased to 568 litres, while the wagon’s boot has grown to 588 litres.
The compartment can be extended to 1558 litres (sedan) and 1718 litres (wagon) by folding down the rear seats. Folding down the passenger seat offers room for objects up to 2.92 meters in length.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- Octavia RS 162 TSI Petrol Sedan - Manual - $36,490
- Octavia RS 162 TSI Petrol Sedan - DSG - $38,790
- Octavia RS 135 TDI Diesel Sedan - DSG - $39,790
- Note: Wagon body adds $1350