You’re unlikely to listen to a foul phrase about Skoda’s Octavia RS – so we needed to get one via our long-term storage to search out out if actuality meets the expectation.

  • Worth-packed inside shares bulk tools
  • Drivetrain and gearbox pairing
  • So many options to play with!
  • Lack of inside buttons is irritating
  • Worth bounce over its predecessor
  • Choices pricing scheme

The Skoda Octavia RS is a kind of automobiles that has all the time had a cult following. Till now I’ve not had the prospect to get behind the wheel of 1 – however the energy of word-of-mouth hype has stuffed me with lots of lofty expectations.

It’s presupposed to be a practicality dream. It’s obtained all of the distinctive Skoda quirks that followers of the Czech model love. It shares the identical 2.0-litre engine as a Volkswagen Golf GTI, however mated to a better-value bundle. Dynamically it’s meant to be proper up there with among the better of its value vary.

Although, issues might have modified with this newest technology. In addition to being an all-new mannequin, Skoda has bumped up the value for 2021 to near-premium ranges. We’ve picked up a 2021 Skoda Octavia RS wagon to run over the following few months to see whether or not it nonetheless delivers on the values that earned it such a robust fame as a fan favorite.

Whereas the earlier technology kicked off within the low-to-mid $40,000 vary, the brand new automotive is available in at $49,090 (earlier than on-roads) – or $52,990 (drive-away) – in wagon guise like now we have. Our Velvet Crimson metallic color provides $1100 to the underside line, as does the $1900 panoramic sunroof and $6500 Premium Pack.

The Octavia RS wagon is powered by a 180kW/370Nm 2.0-litre petrol engine mated to a seven-speed DSG driving the entrance wheels. Zero to 100km/h is achieved in 6.7 seconds, which mightn’t sound spectacular on paper, however the expertise from the new seat is punchy sufficient day-to-day.

  2021 Skoda Octavia RS
Engine configuration 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder
Energy and torque 180kW at 6500rpm, 370Nm at 1600–4300rpm
Transmission Seven-speed dual-clutch computerized
Drive sort Entrance-wheel drive
Tare weight 1505kg
Gasoline consumption (mixed cycle declare) 6.8L/100km
Gasoline consumption (mixed cycle on take a look at)
Boot quantity 640L
Key opponents Peugeot 508 GT Wagon | Mazda 6 GT Wagon | Subaru Levorg

It’s a smart-looking factor from the skin, hanging a well-straddled stability between sporty and classy. All lights are LED (the rears embody the dynamic indicators that scroll) and the 19-inch wheels look much like these on the Lamborghini Huracan. In fact, the enduring Skoda black moustache grille is proudly on show on the entrance.

That aforementioned $6500 Premium Pack would possibly sound like an costly field to tick on a $50K automotive, however it does add an honest quantity of equipment together with adaptive dampers, a head-up show, electrically adjustable heated entrance seats with reminiscence, heated rear seats, massaging performance and cushion depth adjustment for the motive force’s seat, a 12-speaker Canton premium sound system, and tri-zone local weather management with entrance and rear management panels.

It additionally provides a drive-mode selector, hands-free boot launch, computerized parking, and sensible anti-dazzle mirrors that may memorise driver preferences and dip when reversing to stop kerb injury to the wheels. It would’ve been simpler to abdomen a variety of smaller choice packs, versus one nice large $6500 load of kit.

That in depth enhancement pack provides to an already well-equipped inside, which boasts a 10-inch infotainment system with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wi-fi cellphone charging, a completely digital instrument cluster, ambient lighting, and leather-based/Alcantara seats with a quilted sample.

The Octavia RS will get a full suite of security equipment together with adaptive cruise management, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and bike owner detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping help, 10 airbags and Passenger Shield Help (which makes use of automobile sensors to detect an impending crash and tighten seatbelts, shut home windows and extra).

  2021 Skoda Octavia RS wagon
Color Velvet Crimson metallic
Worth (MSRP) $62,490 (as-tested drive-away)
Choices as examined $9500 (Premium Pack, panoramic roof, metallic paint)
Servicing 5yr $1400 (pre-purchase)
ANCAP security score 5-star (2019 – Octavia vary)
Guarantee 5 years / limitless km

It’s a really good place to spend time, which makes you surprise simply how a lot higher issues may get should you shopped above its $62,490 as-tested drive-away value.

Contemplating we picked it up a day earlier than Melbourne’s fourth lockdown, driving has sadly been saved to a minimal since assortment.

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This gave me time to play with lots of the infotainment, which is an actual head-scratcher to determine at first. It took a while to learn how to configure the digital instrument cluster, although I do admire the extent of customisation on supply. The steering wheel buttons simply don’t make lots of sense – a lot haphazard prodding was used.

There are such a lot of configurations and options to play with concerning the infotainment, a lot of which I’ve but to analyze. I’m trying ahead to getting higher acquainted with the system.

One factor I’m not anticipating to come back round to is the cabin devoid of bodily buttons. At a minimal, I would like buttons for issues like cease/begin, driving modes, local weather controls and quantity. I get the place Skoda is coming from design-wise, however whereas the minimalistic factor might look clear, it’s a ache to work with day-after-day.

As for the minimal driving accomplished so far, the Octavia RS is shaping up as a pleasant grocery-getter. It’s snug round city operating over tram tracks and velocity humps, it has sufficient poke to provide a smile (regardless of the dreary Melbourne climate), and the gearbox is a quick-shifting and principally intuitive companion to the turbocharged engine.

Its numerous driving modes haven’t seen a lot use as but. I’m ready for restrictions to ease earlier than taking it on a correct drive.

There aren’t any grand plans to operating this Skoda Octavia RS. I merely wish to see what all of the fuss is about. It genuinely presents as one thing I might spend my very own cash on, so I’m very eager to offer it a superb take a look at run to see whether or not the expertise shapes as much as the preconceptions.

Keep tuned over the following few months as we take the 2021 Skoda Octavia RS wagon on spirited drives, street journeys and general-duty journey, and make sure to tell us when you have any questions!

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