SKODA FABIA 2011 – 2020

Skoda is one of the relatively minor players in the huge Volkswagen Group. This week we concentrate on the smallest model, the Fabia. Many are not aware that it uses many out-of-sight components as the Audi A1 and Volkswagen Polo. Fabia landed in Australia in October 2011 with a five-door hatchback sold as a standard model as well as an interesting Monte Carlo version. Aimed at stealing sales from the fashion conscious MINI the Monte offered customising, including different trim colours and the option of a roof in a different… Read more

NEW GENERATION SKODA OCTAVIA

Skoda Octavia has arrived in Australia, only a few weeks later than anticipated due to the effect of Covid-19. It introduces a number of important firsts for this model, including a 10-inch infotainment screen with touch slider the latest version of Virtual Cockpit, a head up display, wireless connection to Apple Carplay and Android auto. It has LED Matrix headlights, LED fog and taillights, traffic jam assist, emergency assist and as many 10 airbags, depending on model. Exterior and interior design treatments are intended to give it the appearance of… Read more

SKODA’S NEW GENERATION OCTAVIA

Skoda’s new generation Octavia will reach Australia in April. The A8 Octavia introduces a number of firsts for this model. These include a 10-inch infotainment screen with touch slider; the newest version of Virtual Cockpit; a head up display; wireless connection to Apple Carplay and Android auto. It has LED Matrix headlights, LED fog and taillights, traffic jam assist, emergency assist and as many 10 airbags, depending on model. Exterior and interior design treatments are intended to give it the appearance of upmarket European prestige marques. The Octavia 110TSI Ambition… Read more

SKODA KAMIQ NOW ON SALE IN AUSTRALIA

Skoda Kamiq is what the Czech company describes a “city-sized SUV’. It’s sold here in three model grades: the 85TSI Kamiq with the choice of a six-speed manual or seven-speed DSG transmission; the sporty 110TSI Monte Carlo; and a 110TSI Limited Edition. The Kamiq has a 85kW/200Nm turbo-petrol engine. Monte Carlo and Limited Edition have a 110kW/250Nm turbo-petrol unit. The Kamiq range is available to purchase now, both from Skoda Australia’s national dealer network and online via the Skoda website (www.skoda.com.au). Skoda Kamiq has a five-year/ unlimited kilometre warranty. STANDARD… Read more

ŠKODA SUPERB SPORTLINE

Skoda Superb Sportline sedan and station wagon imports to Australia have restarted after a prolonged absence. The 2021 Superb is powered by a 2.0-litre direct-injection turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine (206kW/350Nm) driving through all four wheels. The Superb Scout 4×4, originally intended as a limited edition is carried over to 2021 with standard updates that include a detachable tow bar. Superb Scout is an interesting model in that it has raised ride height and distinctive side cladding. This makes it a clever choice between a standard wagon and an SUV. Scout has… Read more

SKODA KODIAQ RS TURBO-DIESEL

Skoda Kodiaq is a medium-to-large Czech seven-seat SUV based on Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) in which lightweight construction plays an important role. It is 4,697 mm long, 1,882 mm wide and 1,676 mm high (including roof rails). Its wheelbase 2,791 mm and has comfortable seating for seven. STYLING Kodiaq’s sporty RS model has a body kit to give it a low-ish appearance that looks good on the road or in the carpark. It rides on 20-inch ‘Xtreme’ alloy wheels accented by red brake calipers, blacked-out mirrors, roof rails… Read more

SKODA KODIAQ RS TURBO-DIESEL

Skoda Kodiaq is a medium-to-large Czech seven-seat SUV based on Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) in which lightweight construction plays an important role. It is 4,697 mm long, 1,882 mm wide and 1,676 mm high (including roof rails). Its wheelbase 2,791 mm and has comfortable seating for seven. STYLING Kodiaq’s sporty RS model has a body kit to give it a low-ish appearance that looks good on the road or in the carpark. It rides on 20-inch ‘Xtreme’ alloy wheels accented by red brake calipers, blacked-out mirrors, roof rails… Read more

SKODA RAPID 2014 – 2018

Skoda Rapid, or Rapid Spaceback to give it its full title for the Australian imports, is a mainstream small-medium five-door hatch. It could be called a station wagon as it’s rear has a handy shape making it capable of carrying bulky loads. The Czech company has long had a policy of making space a feature inside its vehicles. There’s good room in the Rapid for rear seat passenger space, though two makes more sense than four if adults are being carried. Overseas travellers may have noticed four-door sedan versions of… Read more

2019 SKODA KAROQ 110TSI

Skoda Karoq is a midsize SUV from the Czech Republic that shares much of its underpinnings with the Volkswagen Tiguan. Its biggest attraction to many potential buyers is that it, like other Skoda models, sells for significantly less than approximately equivalent VWs. The Karoq we tested was the 110TSI, with a recommended retail price of $29,990, compared to slightly higher price of the Tiguan 110TSI. This comparison isn’t apples-with-apples as there are differences in equipment, but it does give you something to work on depending on your preferences. Some of… Read more

SKODA OCTAVIA 2007 – 2017

2007 Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia can be described as a Volkswagen Jetta (Golf sedan) with a different body. German Volkswagen has controlled Czech Skoda since the fall of communion in the early 1990s. Therefore the Octavia’s mechanicals are from the VW, but the Czechs designed a body around the skeleton of the Jetta. The Czechs like to have room to move in their cars and the Octavia is larger inside than its Volkswagen cousins. In fact it’s more VW Passat than Jetta in its spacious cabin and boot. Octavia became slightly larger with… Read more