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 and Style have a 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine with 110kW and 250Nm driving through an eight-speed automatic.

The high-performance Octavia RS uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol producing180kW and 370 Nm. It has a seven-speed wet clutch direct shift gearbox.

As the local importer has found the great majority of Skoda’s Australian customers select one or more option packages with their new vehicle, more standard equipment has been included in each variant to match the previous requests.

Octavia 110TSI Ambition sedan: $30,390
Octavia 110TSI Ambition wagon: $31,690
Octavia 110TSI Style sedan: $34,890
Octavia 110TSI Style wagon: $36,190
Octavia RS sedan: $47,790
Octavia RS wagon: $49,090
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Skoda dealer for drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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