THE new Skoda Octavia priced from $21,690 is testament to the brand getting serious about Australian success.
That drops the entry-level price for the mid-size sedan by $3300 and creates a hefty differential between Skoda and products from its sister company, Volkswagen.
All-new and built in the Czech Republic, the Octavia presents as good value. It's a mid-size car at small car prices.
The Octavia comes in three specifications with a trio of four-cylinder engine choices. That includes two turbo petrols and one turbo diesel.
Compared to the previous model, the new Octavia is longer, wider, has more leg room, and is up to 100kg lighter.
Standard features include seven airbags, multicollision brake, stability control and Bluetooth phone connection.
Adding to the Ambition fit-out, Ambition Plus also features 17-inch alloys, cruise control and rear parking sensors.
Range-topping Elegance specification receives standard inclusions such as 18-inch alloys, leather trim, Columbus integrated satellite navigation unit and privacy glass.
All Octavias come with a three year/unlimited kilometre warranty with roadside assist for the same period. Capped price servicing is available for six years or 90,000km (whichever comes first).
It has already been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
Model: Skoda Octavia.
Details: Four-door front-wheel drive sedan or wagon.
Engines: 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol generating maximum power of 103kW @ 5000rpm and peak torque of 250Nm @ 1500-3500rpm; 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol 132kW @ 6000rpm and 250Nm @ 1250-5000rpm; 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel 110kW @ 4000rpm and 320Nm @ 1750-3000rpm.
Transmissions: Six-speed manual (103TSI only) or seven-speed dual clutch automatic; six-speed auto on diesel.
Consumption: 5.2 litres/100km (combined average); 5.9L/100km; 4.9L/100km.
Ambition 103TSI (m) $21,690
Ambition 103TSI (a) $23,990
Ambition Plus 103TSI (m) $24,490
Ambition Plus 103TSI (a) $26,790
Elegance 103TSI (a) $32,190
Elegance 132TSI (a) $34,690
Elegance 110TDI (a) $35,490
Wagon variant is a $1350 premium across the range.
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