The least costly Octavia, called simply the Octavia, has cloth-covered seats, 17-inch wheels, the 110 TSI petrol engine, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and the features common to every Octavia.
Spending more on an Octavia Sport gets you seats trimmed in a mix of real and fake leather, and very bright and durable LED headlights that shine into corners when you turn the wheel. Windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains. The car rides lower on its torsion-bar suspension (for a sportier look and more stable cornering), and its slightly bigger, 18-inch, wheels carry lower-profile tyres (for a sportier look).
On the safety front, the Octavia Sport has two more airbags (adding chest protection to the standard head protection for rear passengers), and a pre-crash preparation system that detects when you are making an emergency manoeuvre and readies the car for a possible collision.
Paying still more for an Octavia RS gets you a more powerful petrol or diesel engine, as described above, some other performance-focused features, and some sporty cosmetic touches.
On the performance side is a more sophisticated, multi-link, suspension design at the rear, which sharpens the steering and handling. Driving mode selection allows you to tailor the weight of the steering and the sensitivity of the accelerator for your driving conditions.
Among the interior touches are seats are trimmed in a mix of real leather, fake leather and fabric. You also get built-in satellite navigation, displayed on a 9.2-inch central touchscreen. Outside, the 18-inch wheels are in black, with matching black elements in the exterior trim.
Two option packs allow you to enhance any Octavia at extra cost (some elements of either are standard on more expensive Octavias).
A Tech pack gets you the 9.2-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, LED headlights, a better sound system, and smart-key entry (the key can remain in your pocket or bag while you unlock the car), among other features.
A Luxury pack brings part-leather seats, power adjustment for the front seats, and two active driver aids (lane keeping assistance and a blind-spot monitor), among other features.
The high-performance RS 245 is equipped with an electronically controlled limited slip differential, for enhanced traction and stability in corners at higher speeds.
The RS 245 also gains 19-inch black alloy wheels.