- Without the seven Skoda models that preceded it, there would be no Octavia. It’s called the Octavia because the original 1959 to ’71 version, built in Mladá Boleslav, was Skoda’s eighth model.
- The Octavia is Skoda’s best-selling model, and RS versions historically make up almost a third of sales, but based on the initial supply of 70 cars, the Skoda Octavia RS230 certainly won’t be the biggest-selling Octavia.
- The ‘230’ in the name is for horsepower, not kilowatts, so the power-up compared with the Octavia RS162 (which, logically, has 162kW) is not 68 but 7kW. The torque figure is unchanged at 350Nm.
- The standard Skoda warranty is for three years and unlimited kilometres, but a two-year extension to a five-year factory warranty for the Octavia costs $1500, or is free if you’re buying using Skoda car finance.
- Unlike the current Skoda Octavia sedan and wagon, the original Estate had a bigger engine, at 1.2-litres, while the sedan had a 1.1-litre engine. The 1.2 was later fitted to the sedan. The high performance version – not badged RS – had 41kW, 11kW more than the basic one.
- Skoda says the RS230 is ‘For the Fans’ and it’s heartening for purists that it comes as a six-speed manual. But in a global context, Aussies are among the most likely to choose an automatic transmission , so the fact the Octavia RS230 only comes as a manual will limit its fan base.
- The Skoda Choice program, which guarantees a minimum future value for your car, addresses one potential drawback of Skoda ownership – the brand’s higher than average depreciation. (For used-car buyers who hold onto cars, the rapid depreciation could instead be considered a plus).
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