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Make
Skoda
Model/Variant
Octavia RS Wagon
Engine
2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol auto
Price
$40,140 before on-road costs
Warranty
three-year/unlimited
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So, where did you go on your date?

Unfortunately the Skoda Octavia RS and I only managed to grab a short amount of time together.

Handed the keys on a Wednesday evening, I took the long way home on purpose then left home early the next morning to take the scenic route and spend as much time as I could on the road with it.

Ideal first date?

It would have to be something active, outdoors and a little messy. I think the perfect day out would be a drive out into the country, maybe to the Blue Mountains to do a bit of mountain biking. Pile all the bikes in the boot or on the roof and off you go.

The drive out through the windy mountain roads would be worth the time and effort, sitting in the comfortable seats and enjoying the dynamic drive.

Hot or not?

Hot.

The Skoda Octavia RS is a sexy looking wagon. It's not too flashy or aggressive in its styling, yet has enough of an edge to keep it from looking soft. It's the little things that grab your attention. The dual exhausts set an expectation of sporty performance, and the flash of red brake calipers peeking through 18-inch alloy wheels is enticing.

It's what's inside that counts, what do you think of the interior?

The interior is impressive with touches like the red contrast stitching and RS logo on the gear lever. The steering wheel is dimpled which adds a bit of texture and the leather sports seats with red accents are comfortable. There's plenty of space for rear passengers and loads of boot space too.

Standout features?

The 8-inch touch screen is easy to use and the fact satellite-navigation is standard is a big tick for me. The Octavia also scores front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, rear side curtain airbags, bluetooth and dual zone climate control. Despite the spaciousness of the cabin, it doesn't feel like a big car on the road. It's got enough guts (162kW & 350Nm), to be fun, and the two-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine with auto transmission can hit 100km/h in 7.1 seconds.

Annoying habits?

Ergonomically I had a couple of issues. The power window controls in the driver's door were set at an odd angle and partially hidden behind the handle making them a little tricky to get to. While making all the necessary adjustments to put myself in the correct driving position, I noticed the levers to slide the front seats are those annoying little plastic handles that just feel flimsy. Although it has front and rear sensors, visibility when reversing leaves a bit to be desired.

Ready for a family?

Definitely. There's loads of room for kids in the back, and plenty of space in the boot for everything active families need to lug around. It has quite a low loading lip (seven centimetres lower than the sedan) and the roof rails come as standard. In regards to keeping the interior clean, I like that leather is easy to wipe down, and the boot floor has a hardy feeling protective cover.

High maintenance?

When it comes to fuel economy 6.6L/100km isn't too bad. The turbo diesel option costs just $1,000 more than the petrol and has a claimed combined fuel consumption figure of 5.3L/100km. I'd go with the diesel option, though it's not quite as fast from 0-100km/h in 8.3sec. Skoda's warranty offering is a three-year/unlimited kilometre which makes the Octavia worth considering from an ongoing financial perspective.

Any deal-breakers?

No. Even the little things I find annoying aren't enough to turn me off this vehicle.

So, is it serious or just a one night stand?

It would certainly suit my lifestyle, getting out and about on the weekends and keeping active. My dog would be unlikely to do much damage to the cargo area and it has hooks to secure his carrier. The only issue is I have a very narrow carport, even if I could squeeze it in, I'd never be able to get out of the car.

Maybe lust at first sight? The Octavia RS has the same engine and platform as the Volkswagen Golf GTI but its cheaper. The Octavia RS looks good, its a comfortable drive and it performs well.

Keeping your options open?

Competitors include Audi A4 Avant, Hyundai i30 Tourer and Holden Commodore Sportswagon.

If it's not for you, who would you recommend it to?

Young active families, small business owners, those with pets, and those who would never be caught dead in a hatchback.






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