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Skoda Octavia range given value boost

By Jez Spinks, 25 Jun 2016 Car News

Skoda Octavia

Price increases offset with more booty for buyers as Škoda adds additional features for Octavia range.

The Škoda Octavia mid-sized sedan and wagon line-up has added a host of extra features in return for small price increases.

Volkswagen’s Czech brand says the value of additional equipment is worth $4300, even for models such as the entry-level Ambition manual that increases by $500 to $22,990 RRP (or $24,490 driveaway).

Skoda Octavia

All Octavia models, including the all-wheel-drive Scout, now feature autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, rear camera plus sensors, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Škoda Australia has also introduced an optional five-year warranty, as well as a guaranteed future value scheme – designed to overcome concerns about resale.

The 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine available for the base Ambition and mid-spec Style gets a small power increase to 110kW. The Style is again offered with an alternative, 2.0-litre diesel engine, also with 110kW but extra torque at 320Nm

Skoda Octavia

The mid-spec Octavia Style’s feature list includes 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon lights, front sensors, leather upholstery, navigation, 8-inch touchscreen and fatigue alert.

At the top of the tree remains the sporty RS model, which comes with additional gear including a stiffer suspension plus more powerful engines – either a 162kW 2.0-litre turbo petrol or a 135kW 2.0-litre turbo diesel.

All models pair engines with DSG dual-clutch autos, with the exceptions of the 110TSI and 162TSI models that also offer a six-speed manual.

Skoda Octavia

Various option packages are also offered depending on spec level, and also play the value card. The $3400 Sports Pack available for the Ambition trim grade, for example, brings the likes of a flat-bottom steering wheel, bi-xenon lights, 18-inch ‘Turini’ alloy wheels and black body trim that Skoda says collectively are worth $5670.

Choosing a wagon variant instead of the sedan again costs a $1700 premium.

Driveaway pricing ranges from $24,490 for the Ambition 110TSI manual to $44,390 for the RS 135TDI.