The most obvious change to the 2017 Octavia occurs up front, with a bold new face that includes reprofiled front bumpers, and unmissable quad-headlights
In place of the previous Ambition and Style model grades, the updated model now starts with Octavia and Octavia Sport variants, while the truly sport Octavia RS retains its nomenclature.
The medium liftback and wagon range now start from $23,490 (plus on-road costs) for the five-door ‘sedan’ with a six-speed manual and $24,990 as a wagon in similar form. Compared with the outgoing Octavia, prices have risen by $500 for the sedan and $300 for the wagon.
Optioning the available seven-speed DSG automatic transmission adds $2500 to the recommended retail price.
Standard gear for the base Octavia includes a leather-trimmed steering wheel, power adjustable front seats, anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, remote folding rear seats via the boot, rear centre armrest and voice control.
On the safety front, the Octavia comes standard with autonomous emergency braking and fatigue detection.
The next model up is the Octavia Sport which is priced from $29,990 for the sedan and $31,490 in wagon form, both styles are only available with a seven-speed DSG transmission and, compared to the previous Octavia, Style prices have been slashed by $3770 and $4000 respectively.
Octavia Sport variants gain 18-inch alloy wheels, lower sports suspension, black wing mirror caps, black side door and tailgate foils and a sedan only black spoiler over the base Octavias.
All Octavia and Octavia Sport models are powered by the same 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 110kW and 250Nm driving the front wheels.
The next model up is the RS, powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine, which gains a slight power-bump to 169kW from 162kW for the previous version, while torque figures remain the same at 350Nm.
Pricing for the RS range begins at $38,890 for the manual petrol sedan and $40,390 for the manual petrol wagon. Compared with the previous model prices have risen by $1000 and $800 respectively. A six-speed DSG automatic transmission adds $2500 to the price of both.
Skoda also offers the RS with a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine, capable of 135kW of power and 380Nm of torque.
The Octavia RS diesel is priced at $42,490 for the sedan and $43,990 for the wagon, which is a price rise of $1200 and $1000 for each. Diesel RS variants are only available with a six-speed DSG.
Compared to the other models in the range, the RS features a wider rear track, 18-inch black alloy wheels, assorted black body touches, a new 9.2-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Octavia and Octavia Sport models are now available for order, while the RS will be made available in the coming months.
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Octavia manual sedan - $23,490
Octavia manual wagon - $24,990
Octavia DSG sedan - $25,990
Octavia DSG wagon - $27,490
Octavia Sport DSG sedan - $29,990
Octavia Sport DSG wagon - $31,490
Octavia RS manual sedan - $38,890
Octavia RS DSG sedan - $41,390
Octavia RS manual wagon - $40,390
Octavia RS DSG wagon - $42,890
Octavia RS DSG diesel sedan - $42,490
Octavia RS DSG diesel wagon - $43,990
Note: Manufacturers list prices, excluding on-road costs.
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