The all-new Skoda Octavia has arrived in Australia in both sedan and wagon, priced from an aggressive $21,690 plus on-roads – $3,300 lower.
The new has grown significantly compared to its predecessor, at 90mm longer and 45mm wider. Its wheelbase has also been stretched by 108mm, with most of it dedicated to the rear seats. There is now an additional 47mm of rear-seat legroom, 14mm of rear headroom and 39mm more elbow width for front seat occupatns.
Boot space has expanded to 568 litres in the sedan and 588 litres in the wagon. With the 60:40split rear seats folded, it grows to 1,558 litres in the sedan, and 1,718 litres in the wagon.
There are a trio of four-cylinder engines and three equipment levels. All three turbocharged engines are new to the Octavia and replace the four unit lineup of its predecessor.
Built on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform shared with the Golf, the Octavia range starts with the 103kW/250Nm 1.4-litre in the Octavia 103TSI matched with a 6-speed manual. It accelerates from 0-100km/h in 8.4 seconds while returning a claimed 5.7L/100km. Choosing the optional 7-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission sees a drop to 5.2L/100km but is 0.1 seconds slower.
The mid-range 132kW/250Nm 1.8-litre 132TSI is paired exclusively with the 7-speed DSG. It will accomplish the 0-100km/h in 7.4 seconds while returning an average of 5.9L/100km.
Sitting at the top, for now, is the 110kW/320Nm 2.0-litre 110TDI diesel married to a 6-speed DSG. It is the most frugal Octavia, consuming a claimed 4.9L/100km while taking 8.6 seconds to reach 100km/h from a standstill. Curiously, only the diesel engines feature stop-start and brake energy regeneration technology.
Priced from $21,690, the entry-level Octavia Ambition is available exclusively as a 103TSI and features 16-inch steel wheels with full-size spare, halogen daytime running lights and foglights, leather-wrapped steering wheel, hand brake and gear lever, a four-speaker sound system with AUX/SD/USB inputs, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming and seven airbags (including driver’s knee airbag).
$2,800 separates the Ambition from the mid-spec Ambition Plus. It brings 17-inch alloy wheels with space-saver spare, cruise control, fatigue detection system, height-adjustable front seats with lumbar support, front armrest with storage, an eight-speaker sound system with 5.8-inch touchscreen and rear parking sensors.
The range-topping Octavia Elegance is offered with all three powerplants. Priced from $32,190 it adds 18-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights, fog lights with cornering function, electric-folding mirrors, privacy glass, colour multi-function display, interior ambience lighting, leather upholstery, storage boxes under front seats and behind rear wheel wells, an 8-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, two SD card slots, iPod connectivity and 64Gb hard drive and front parking sensors.
The Wagon costs an additional $1,350 for each of the variant and metallic paint is an extra $475.
Three option packs are available – one for each model.
The Travel Pack at $1,300 is available for the Octavia Ambition. It is consist of rear parking sensors, cruise control, an additional 4 loudspeakers, front centre armrest and Denom 17-inch alloy wheels.
The Octavia Ambition Plus can be ordered with the Tech Pack for $3,900. It brings adaptive cruise control including Front Assist, Parking Assist, Drive Mode System, KESSY keyless entry and push button start, Xenon lights including LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights, black frosted glass design for foglights, Ligth Assist and inside rear view mirror with humidity sensor.
Finally, the Octavia Elegance is offered with the Tech Pack for $3,300 that adds adaptive cruise control including Front Assist with City Emergency Brake, bi-xenon headlights with adaptive function and LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with cornering function and black frosted glass design, rear LED lights, Light Assist, Drive Mode Selection, Automatic Parking Assist and acoustic front and rear parking sensors, KESSY and a 10-speaker Premium German Canton sound system.
The Octavia’s drive mode selector offers four selectable modes – Normal, Eco, Sport and Individual – which varies the mapping for the engine, transmission, steering, coasting function and where installed, climate control and bi-xenon headlights.
The Octavia is Skoda’s Australia’s first model to be offered with capped-price servicing, with the price of the first six services ranging between $2,044 and $2,464, depending on engine variant.
|Model||Price (Excl. on-roads)|
|Octavia Ambition 103TSI Manual||$21,690|
|Octavia Ambition 103TSI DSG||$23,990|
|Octavia Ambition Plus 103TSI Manual||$24,490|
|Octavia Ambition Plus 103TSI DSG||$26,790|
|Octavia Elegance 103TSI DSG||$32,190|
|Octavia Elegance 132TSI DSG||$34,690|
|Octavia Elegance 110TDI DSG||$35,490|