2018 Skoda Octavia RS now on sale, RS 245 coming in November

Brett Davis

The MY2018 Skoda Octavia RS is now on sale in Australia, bringing an updated design to the VW MQB-based mid-sizer, powered by grunty petrol and diesel engine options.

Skoda has implemented Volkswagen’s higher-output 2.0-litre turbo-petrol for the new model, which develops 169kW and 350Nm. This is through either a six-speed manual or dual-clutch auto, with front-wheel drive. Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 6.7 seconds, or 6.8 with the DSG auto.

Alternatively, buyers have the choice of a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder that develops 135kW and 380Nm. It’s connected up to a dual-clutch auto only. Fuel economy figures haven’t been mentioned, while 0-100km/h takes 7.9 seconds.

If none of these options suit, there is a special RS 245 edition coming in November. It sees the engine boosted to an impressive 180kW. Both manual and DSG auto will be on offer, with power sent through a limited-slip differential for added driving grip.

As standard the MY2018 gets the otherwise-optional Black Pack, along with a 9.2-inch touch-screen interface, blind-spot warning, and adaptive chassis control suspension. There’s also an optional Tech Pack that adds multiple SD card slots, full LED headlights, and a premium sound system.

Going further, the optional Luxury Pack adds leather and Alcantara upholstery, power front seats, heated front and rear seats, lane assist, auto folding side mirrors, and Passenger Protect Assist with two additional airbags.

The new model is on sale in Australia now from the following prices (excluding on-roads). Both sedan and wagon are offered.

169TSI manual – $38,890
169TSI DSG – $41,390
135TDI DSG – $42,490

169TSI manual – $40,390
169TSI DSG – $42,890
135TDI DSG – $43,990

Tech pack $2300
Luxury pack $2800

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