Small liftback and wagon become the latest models in the Czech brand's line-up to get the sport-themed equipment packages, slotting between the core range and the RS performance variants.

Skoda has revealed the Octavia Sportline for the European market, bringing a more athletic look and feel without any extra performance.

Much like the Sportline-badged Karoq, Kodiaq, and Superb, the Octavia picks up a number of styling and trim appointments, including a subtle body kit with gloss black accents, 18-inch 'Vega' alloy wheels, and full LED lighting front and rear.

Based on the 'SE' trim offered overseas, the Octavia Sportline also picks up an 8.0-inch satellite navigation system with WiFi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, sports seats with sport cloth upholstery, a black headliner, and 'Super Sport' three-spoke leather steering wheel with paddles (DSG).

Both liftback and wagon body styles will be offered, along with a choice of two engines in Europe – a 150PS (110kW) 1.5 TSI petrol or a 150PS (110kW) 2.0 TDI turbo-diesel.

The petrol variant can be had with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with a seven-speed DSG optional. Meanwhile, the oiler is DSG-only.

Orders in Europe are open now, with prices ranging from £23,870 ($44,340) for the 1.5 TSI manual liftback to £27,860 ($51,750) for the 2.0 TDI DSG wagon.

Australia

Speaking with CarAdvice, Skoda's local communications boss, Paul Pottinger, said: "Australia is the most RS responsive market and there’s now four RS245 variants, so we’ve no need for an Octavia Sportline, whereas we have a Sportline Kodiaq and Superb because there’s no RS variant".

In saying that, Pottinger added the current 'Sport' variant, which starts from $33,390 plus on-road costs locally, will pick up the wheels, black body kit and seat trim offered on the Sportline overseas.

Power in Australian models comes from a 1.4 TSI turbo petrol making 110kW and 250Nm, sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed DSG as standard.

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