How much does the Skoda Octavia cost?
Skoda Octavia models are being sold with driveway pricing until the end of the financial year.
That means prospective buyers will need $37,490 to park the entry level Octavia Ambition in their carports.
The money buys a well-equipped, well-presented liftback-styled sedan.
Spend another $1300 and you can have a wagon.
The next step in the Octavia range is the Style, priced from $39,990 on the road. It adds the likes of matrix LED headlamps and inbuilt sat-nav to the equation.
It is then a decent hike to the Limited Edition version at $51,490, though it does come with a bigger engine and adds features such as a head-up display, ventilated seats with massage function, 19-inch wheels in place of the regular 18s and adaptive chassis control. Don’t ignore the last item if you’re an enthusiastic driver - it transforms the Octavia from a good vehicle to a great one.
A seven-year service package costs $2400 for the regular Octavias ($2900 for the RS) and extends the warranty from five to seven years (applicable until June 30).
Go for the five-year service pack and the cooking versions of the Skoda Octavia cost $1550, with the RS coming in at $2000.
How safe is the Skoda Octavia?
The Skoda is a five-star car, according to ANCAP, which based its call on the 2019 EuroNCAP result.
Crash-test results showed marginal protection for the chest of the rear passenger. Despite that, the Octavia scored a 92 per cent rating for adult occupant protection and 87 per cent for child occupant safety.
Vulnerable road users were rated at 72 per cent. Like most cars, bonnet protection varied between good and poor.
The safety assist systems earned a 79 per cent score, with the Octavia scoring good results with the exception of a car braking heavily 40m in front. At that point ANCAP rated the result as poor.
Adaptive cruise control is standard across the range and there are eight airbags, including a front-centre pillow and driver’s knee bag. Opt for the Limited Edition or RS variants and the airbag count climbs to 10, with another pair of bags in the rear.
What’s the Skoda Octavia like inside?
This the fourth iteration of the Octavia and it’s a big step up on its predecessors.
You’re dealing with a premium-looking European interior typified by a minimalistic style and a focus on storage space.
The 10-inch infotainment display has buttons at the base for temperature adjustment, though you have to manipulate the digital menus to adjust fan control.
Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard items across the range, as is wireless phone charging and a pair of USB-C ports up front.
The look is clean and upmarket, but owners will need to familiarise themselves with the infotainment operation to drive it with ease.