2018 Skoda Octavia RS

MORE power from the re-tuned 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, the inclusion as standard of the previously optional Black Pack, a bunch of other enhancements look set to make the 2018 Skoda Octavia RS the choice for fun when it comes to family sedans and wagons.

The 2018 upgrade brings a new 9.2 inch media screen and for the first time, the options of blind spot detection and adaptive chassis control, with the liftback-style sedan and the wagon now providing 169kW of power and 350Nm of torque, through either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG auto.

Set to join the standard RS when it hits showrooms later this month is an optional 135kW turbo diesel with a DSG auto. But for those looking for more power, a wait until November will bring the permanent addition of the RS245 – a 180kW 2.0-litre turbo petrol variant, with either a six speed manual or seven speed wet clutch DSG, with a limited slip differential.

Buyers can also add optional Tech and Luxury packs, with the tech pack adding Columbus satellite navigation system, adaptive LED headlights, automatic park assist, adaptive chassis control, advanced keyless entry, and a 10-speaker premium German Canton sound system.

The luxury pack adds leather appointed upholstery with red stitching, electrically-adjustable driver and passenger seat, driver seat with memory function, lane assist, blind spot detection, heated front and rear seats, two additional airbags (to go with the standard seven), passenger protect assist and auto folding mirrors.

All models in the Skoda Octavia RS range come with a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. Prices start at $38,890 for the base 169TSI manual.

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