Skoda has updated its still-new Octavia range in Australia this week, adding a reversing camera as standard equipment to mid- and top-spec models.
Launched here in November 2013, the new Octavia went without a reversing camera until the hero RS model’s debut earlier this year - which offered the camera as an option, while the rest of the range ‘made do’ with parking sensors.
For 2015, a camera will now be fitted as standard with Ambition Plus, Elegance and RS models, which rise in price by $300, $300 and $450 respectively.
For the entry Ambition, the reversing camera can be had as part of the optional $1600 Travel Pack, which also adds 17-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, cruise control, an additional four speakers and an arm-rest up front.
A new Comfort Pack is also offered for Elegance and RS models, priced at $1300 and $1900 respectively.
The Comfort Pack adds powered front seats with driver’s side memory function, heated seats in both rows, dimming and auto-folding side mirrors, and for the RS, red contrast stitching in the cabin.
Skoda Australia has sold 1365 models in the Octavia year-to-date, compared to 946 for the same period last year (around the same time the new model arrived).
Those figures put the Octavia well behind the likes of Toyota’s Camry (15,781) through to the Ford Mondeo (2423), VW Passat (2234) and Hyundai i40 (2118), while leading the likes of Kia’s Optima (1046) and the Subaru Liberty (793).
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
Ambition - 103TSI manual - $21,690
Ambition - 103TSI DSG auto - $23,990
Ambition Plus - 103TSI manual - $24,790
Ambition Plus - 103TSI DSG auto - $27,090
Elegance - 103TSI DSG auto - $32,640
Elegance - 132TSI DSG auto - $35,140
Elegance - 110TDI DSG auto - $35,940
RS - 162TSI manual - $36,790
RS - 162TSI DSG auto - $39,090
RS - 135TDI DSG auto - $40,090
Ambition - 103TSI manual - $23,040
Ambition - 103TSI DSG auto - $25,340
Ambition Plus - 103TSI manual - $26,140
Ambition Plus - 103TSI DSG auto - $28,440
Elegance - 103TSI DSG auto - $33,990
Elegance - 132TSI DSG auto - $36,490
Elegance - 110TDI DSG auto - $37,290
RS - 162TSI manual - $38,140
RS - 162TSI DSG auto - $40,440
RS - 135TDI DSG auto - $41,440