What is Škoda’s Adaptive Cruise Control?
Cruise Control is a valuable feature with numerous benefits. However, many drivers either underutilise it or harbour skepticism about taking their foot off the pedals. Škoda’s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) stands out as an advanced, safer, and more user-friendly iteration of traditional Cruise Control. In this guide, we’ll delve into what Adaptive Cruise Control entails and provide insights on maximizing its capabilities. Whether you’re new to Adaptive Cruise Control or already a Škoda vehicle owner using this feature, there may be some valuable tips to enhance your driving experience.
What’s the difference between Cruise Control and Adaptive Cruise control?
Traditional Cruise Control is designed to maintain a constant speed set by the driver. Now, enter Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), an enhancement of conventional Cruise Control that takes the driving experience to a whole new level. ACC goes beyond merely setting a speed; it intelligently adjusts your car’s speed to match the speed of the vehicle in front of you and maintains the desired distance between vehicles chosen by the driver. If the leading car slows down, ACC seamlessly adapts, ensuring a smooth and safe following distance.
The beauty of ACC lies in its automatic responsiveness – as the car ahead changes lanes or accelerates beyond your preset speed, your ACC effortlessly allows your vehicle to resume its designated pace. The process is straightforward: set your desired speed, turn on the system, and choose your preferred following distance. With Adaptive Cruise Control, it’s not just about maintaining speed; it’s about a dynamic and intuitive driving experience that enhances safety and convenience on the road.
Why use Adaptive Cruise Control
Cruise control serves as a powerful tool, mitigating driver fatigue, preventing speeding, and increasing fuel efficiency (including EVs). Škoda’s Adaptive Cruise Control takes these advantages a step further, by blending convenience and safety into the driving experience. By using sensors, your Škoda can automatically detect it’s surroundings and smoothly adjust speed accordingly, drivers can also customise their preferences effortlessly at their finger-tips. This advanced system is a standard feature in all new Škoda vehicles, each boasting the maximum 5-star NCAP rating.
How to use Škoda Adaptive Cruise Control
Like most cruise control levers, the stalk is located off the back of the steering wheel. To activate ACC;
1. Pull the lever forward and onto the ‘ON’ position, this will set to your current speed.
2. Move the lever up or down to increase or decrease the set speed in 10kmph increments.
3. Press and hold the ‘SET’ button to decrease the speed by 1kmph / If you pull the lever toward you, it will increase the speed by 1kmph.
4. With the rocker switch on top, set the distance between you and the car ahead by flicking left for more space and right for less.
5. To pause cruise control, push the lever back halfway. This will store all the speed and distance settings you were using. To resume ACC, pull the lever all the way forward again.
6. To completely turn off ACC, push the lever all the way back,
Combining cutting-edge technology with user-friendly design, Škoda is redefining what we can expect from modern vehicles. As we embrace the future of automotive excellence, Škoda’s Adaptive Cruise Control is another step toward a smarter, safer, and more enjoyable driving experience.
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Skoda Enyaq review
Category: Electric car
Electric SUV is roomy, good to drive and relatively well priced
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Introduction, what car says....
Until fairly recently, buying an electric car required either ocean-deep pockets or an acceptance of mediocrity. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case – and the Skoda Enyaq is a shining example of why.
The Enyaq is a fairly big family SUV (about the same size as the Audi Q5 ) that offers plenty of space for the family and a healthy range between battery charges, yet it doesn’t require you to bank with Coutts to be able to afford it.
The entry-level car (badged 60) has a 58kWh battery that gives an official range of around 250 miles. That's not bad, but if you go for the slightly more expensive 80 model, you’ll get a larger 77kWh battery that promises a similar range to the Tesla Model Y Long Range (almost 340 miles) but, thankfully, for less money.
Of course, the Skoda Enyaq isn’t the only electric SUV that you plug in rather than fill up with petrol. There's also the closely related VW ID 4 (which uses the same underpinnings, batteries and electric motors), the Kia EV6 (a halfway house between an SUV and a regular hatchback), the Ford Mustang Mach-E (similar in size yet offers more performance), and the incredibly popular Model Y.
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Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is, engine, 0-60mph and gearbox.
There are three power outputs available for the Skoda Enyaq. The 60 and 80 are rear-wheel drive, with the 60 putting out 177bhp and the 80 delivering 201bhp. The difference between the two in acceleration isn’t dramatic, partly because the 80 has to lug around a heavier battery pack. It’s a different story with the 80X, which has four-wheel drive for better traction to deploy the 261bhp at its disposal.
In short, both rear-wheel-drive versions feel quick enough, with the 60 getting from 0-60mph in just under 8.5 seconds – faster than many petrol and diesel alternatives in this price bracket. Performance is almost identical to the closely related VW ID 4 although you’ll need the 80X (0-62mph in 6.9sec) to beat the entry-level versions of the Ford Mustang Mach-E and Kia EV6 off the line. Just bear in mind that most versions of the Tesla Model Y are way faster.
The 80 version has a clear edge when it comes to range and can officially manage up to 339 miles on a full charge (it varies slightly depending on trim). Mind you, even the 60 has a respectable 246-mile official range. In our Real Range testing, the 60 managed 208 miles in relatively warm summer weather.
Suspension and ride comfort
Electric cars have to carry around heavy battery packs, so they tend not to smother bumps as brilliantly as the best-riding (and lighter) petrol and diesel alternatives. The same is true of the Enyaq, and there’s a slightly unsettled quality to the ride in urban environments.
It's still one of the most comfortable electric cars for the money, though, and the ride becomes even smoother on faster roads, where the Enyaq betters the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Model Y.
On Sportline models there's the option of adaptive suspension (as part of the Maxx package). However, the standard set-up is good enough to make the extra outlay unnecessary.
The Enyaq isn’t a supremely fun car to drive, so you won't be waking up early on a Sunday morning to go for a spin just for kicks. It handles tidily, though, and while it's not especially engaging, it is easy and relaxing to drive, which is the overwhelming priority for a car like this.
As long as you're not overzealous, the car stays fairly upright through corners, and the light but precise steering allows you to position the car with confidence. Rear-wheel-drive models have a relatively tight turning circle, which is a boon when you're parking and manoeuvring.
If you enjoy driving more spiritedly, try the lower, squatter Cupra Born or the EV6 (both are sharper-handling electric cars). Also, bear in mind that the 80X versions of the Enyaq aren’t quite as manoeuvrable. Three-point turns require a bit more space because the four-wheel-drive gubbins means the front wheels can't turn as sharply as on other versions. You'll find the same with the Audi Q4 e-tron .
Noise and vibration
Electric cars have a big advantage over petrol and diesel alternatives here because there’s no combustion engine chugging away under the bonnet. However, even compared with many electric SUV rivals, the Enyaq is a peaceful companion.
There's not much road noise except on really coarse surfaces, and only the faint whistle of wind around the door mirrors at a steady 70mph cruise. Indeed, our only slight criticism is the background "thud, thud, thud" from the suspension that can be heard when you’re driving along a bumpy stretch of road. It's still quieter overall than the Ioniq 5, though.
Despite the regenerative braking system, the brakes behave predictably enough, making it easy to slow down without doing an impression of a learner driver.
The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard.
If you’re choosing an SUV because you want to sit high up, you’ll love the Enyaq’s driving position. Granted, you’ll still be looking up at Range Rover drivers in traffic jams, but you’re placed much higher up from the road than in a Hyundai Ioniq 5 or Kia EV6 .
The standard seats are mostly comfortable on long journeys. You get manually adjustable lumbar support as standard, but some of our testers found the lower back support slightly lacking. The wraparound shoulder supports keeps you in place when cornering hard. The optional Plus and Maxx packages add an electric driver's seat, but neither is cheap.
You control the air conditioning using the touchscreen in the middle of the dashboard. We’d prefer there to be some physical buttons and dials, but at least the heater icons are large and permanently on display at the bottom of the screen, so this set-up is nowhere near as fiddly to use as the touch-sensitive sliders you get in the VW ID 4 . The battery range counter on the Enyaq's rather small and recessed digital instrument screen is harder to see clearly than the larger ones on rival cars, though.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
The Enyaq’s long and shallow-angled front pillars are a minor nuisance, obscuring some of your diagonal view and hiding the kerb area around the car (the ID 4 has the same problem).
The rear pillars are fairly substantial too, although you can still see a reasonable amount compared with the Ford Mustang Mach-E which has even wider pillars at the back. Front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera come as standard on all versions. A 360-degree bird’s eye view camera and park-assist system that allows you to save parking manoeuvres for places you visit regularly so that the car can park there autonomously are included as part of the optional Maxx package.
LED headlights are fitted as standard and adaptive matrix LED headlights are optional (as part of the Plus package). You can even spec a ‘Crystal Face’ that covers the grille with 170 LEDs to make the car look as though it’s baring its teeth.
Sat nav and infotainment
All trim levels get a huge 13in touchscreen positioned high up on the dashboard that’s tilted slightly towards the driver. It’s really easy to see and reach but the software isn't always as responsive as the system in the EV6 or the Tesla Model Y , sometimes taking a moment to load and occasionally crashing. It's not as bad as the system in the ID 4, though.
We’re not huge fans of touchscreen-only infotainment systems because they can be distracting to operate when you’re driving, but at least here the icons are large and clear so you don’t need to strain your eyes too hard to find the one you want. The Enyaq has a DAB radio, Android Auto , Apple CarPlay and two USB-C sockets up front as standard. Two more USB-C sockets can be added for rear passengers as part of the Clever Package (this is standard on 80 Sportline Plus models).
The standard eight-speaker stereo sounds very good (there’s not much background noise to contend with, after all). There’s a phone app you can download that lets you check the charge level of the battery, schedule charging and heat up the interior so it’s toasty when you get inside. Wireless phone-charging is optional on most versions (as part of the Clever Package) and standard on the Sportline trim.
The quality of the interior is very good for the money. It's slightly more impressive inside than the more expensive Mach-E and ID 4, for example, and roughly on a par with the Model Y.
It feels pretty well screwed together and there's plenty of squidgy plastic on the dashboard and the insides of the doors, plus piano black and metal highlights to jazz things up. If you go for Loft trim, large parts of the dashboard are trimmed in fabric, which is swapped for artificial leather in the Suite and Ecosuite versions.
The seats in both those versions and the Sportline trim are covered in genuine leather while the leather in the Ecosuite is sustainably sourced and treated with olive leaf extract rather than chemicals. If you go for Lodge trim, the seat covers are made of 40% new wool, which qualifies them for Woolmark approval.
Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter, front space.
You certainly won’t complain about space in the front of the Skoda Enyaq, even if you’re well over six feet tall. There’s loads of head room and the seats slide back a long way on their runners.
Storage space is excellent too, thanks to the sizeable, carpeted door pockets and an enormous cubby under the centre armrest. You’ll find more stowage at the base of the dashboard and between the seats, including two good-sized cupholders. The only minor gripe is the slightly poky glovebox.
The Enyaq is huge in the back, with more than enough leg room for a couple of six-footers to lounge out behind equally tall folk sitting in the front (although if you want even more room in front of your knees, check out the Hyundai Ioniq 5 or the Kia EV6 ). Head room is plentiful, too. Overall, the Enyaq is brilliant for carrying people in the back.
There are loads of other handy features, including phone pockets on the backs of the front seats. If you add the Clever Package, you’ll get sun blinds for the rear windows, folding tray tables and extra-soft rear headrests that feel like pillows when you lean back for a snooze.
Seat folding and flexibility
The rear seatback splits and folds in a 60/40 arrangement, and if you stump up for the reasonably priced Transport Package, you get handy levers on the walls of the boot to make the process easier.
The seats don’t slide, recline or do anything else clever, but you do get a ski hatch, allowing you to carry long, slender items without turfing out your rear passengers.
The Transport Package also adds some cargo netting and a height-adjustable boot floor, which, when raised, smoothes out the step in the floor you're left with when you fold down the rear seats. Whether you select it or not, there’s enough storage space for the charging cables under the floor.
The main boot compartment is absolutely huge – bigger even than in the VW ID 4 – and takes up to nine carry-on suitcases under the tonneau cover (although a Tesla Model Y can swallow 10 in total thanks to its front trunk). It's also easy to load thanks to the wide tailgate opening and reasonably low load lip. You’ll need to go for the Plus Package if you want an electric tailgate with gesture control.
Buying & owning
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is, costs, insurance groups, mpg and co2.
If you're looking for a practical runaround and only need to make the occasional long journey, the Enyaq 60 is worth considering. However, given that the 80 version has a much longer range (thanks to its bigger battery) and doesn't cost a huge amount more to buy, it's the one we'd go for.
Besides, even the Enyaq 80 is cheaper than an equivalent Ford Mustang Mach-E or VW ID 4 . Resale values are predicted to be strong and the Enyaq is exceptionally cheap to run if you’re a company car driver because it's in a very low benefit-in-kind (BIK) company car tax band.
The Enyaq 60 can charge at speeds of up to 120kW for a 10-80% top-up in around half an hour. The 80 version can charge at a faster rate (around 135kW), but due to its larger battery a 10-80% charge is only around four minutes quicker than in the 60.
Equipment, options and extras
The Enyaq gets a reasonable amount of standard kit, including dual-zone climate control, 19in alloys, power-folding door mirrors and cruise control. Some of the interior packages include leather seats or attractive cloth alternatives for little extra outlay.
However, you'll very likely want to add at least the Clever Package. It isn't cheap but bundles together adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and various other safety aids and creature comforts. We’d also recommend adding the Transport Package for the height-adjustable boot floor.
The Plus Package is tempting too, but pushes the price up too much to make it recommendable.
Skoda came 13th out of 32 brands in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey overall manufacturer league table, ahead of Volkswagen, Ford and Nissan, but behind Hyundai and Kia. The Enyaq itself wasn't included.
Every Enyaq comes with a three-year/60,000 mile warranty on most parts, but the battery is covered for up to eight years with a 100,000-mile cap. If the battery falls below 70% of its original useable capacity in that time, Skoda will pay to put it right.
Safety and security
The Enyaq scored five stars out of five for safety when it was tested by Euro NCAP . Adult occupant crash protection was found to be fractionally better than in the closely related ID 4 – the two cars scored the same for child protection. The Enyaq also did well for protecting pedestrians.
You get lots of safety technology as standard, including multiple airbags, e-Call emergency assistance, automatic emergency braking ( AEB ) and lane-keeping assistance. Other aids, including blind-spot monitoring, are offered as part of the Clever Package.
The Enyaq is priced roughly in line with the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Tesla Model Y . Check out our New Car Deals pages for the latest prices.
The longest range Enyaq can officially manage up to 339 miles (depending on the trim), and even the entry-level battery size has a respectable official range of 246 miles. You’re unlikely to get that far in real world driving, though.
The two cars are very similar in size, but the Skoda Kodiaq is fractionally longer and taller. It's also available as a seven-seater whereas the Enyaq can seat only five.
No – it's still available to buy new and Skoda has no plans to drop the Enyaq from its line-up.
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Škoda Octavia Travel Assist
Travel Assist integrates several systems and functions, which we present separately on the following pages. When they are interconnected, the car can make driving a lot easier and increase travelling comfort . Once activated, Travel Assist can automatically stop and restart, keep the car in lane, follow other vehicles in a traffic jam, or show the surrounding traffic on a display in front of you.
Predictive Cruise Control
The new Predictive Cruise Control expands the adaptive cruise control’s functions. Besides keeping track of the traffic ahead, it also processes recognised travel signs and speed limits stored in the navigation system. This enables it to adjust speed in good time, for example when it is approaching a bend , a roundabout, or an intersection, or in response to speed limits .
Traffic Sign Recognition
A picture processing module searches scanned pictures for known traffic signs and compares the results with the navigation data. The system processes speed limit signs, no-overtaking signs, no-entry signs on one-way streets and any supplementary instructions, as well as associated restriction clearance signs, and then displays them to the driver.
Adaptive Lane Assist
Lane Assist can tell when you stray from a lane unintentionally . This system works in conjunction with a camera to recognise lane markings on the road, including yellow lines during roadworks, traffic cones, and other roadside or lane borders. The enhanced “Adaptive” variant (only available as part of Travel Assist) means that the system intervenes in an attempt to keep the vehicle in the selected track within the traffic lane , and the car does not “weave”.
Traffic Jam Assist
Traffic Jam Assist makes it easier to drive a car in traffic jams . It draws on the Adaptive Cruise Control and Adaptive Lane Assist to start, brake and turn the car to copy the movement of surrounding vehicles in a traffic jam.
Emergency Assist reduces risk of an incident if the driver is not feeling well. If Adaptive Lane Assist detects that the driver does not have hands on the steering wheel even after a warning alert, Emergency Assist is activated, decelerates the car to halt while keeping it in lane and activating the hazard warning lights.
Striking new look and increased specification for KODIAQ
ŠKODA has announced final pricing and specifications for the fully updated new KODIAQ.
Milton Keynes, 19 May 2021 - The revised range, which arrives in the UK in July, introduces a host of design and specification improvements along with new engine options and upgraded assistance systems. Prices for the facelifted KODIAQ range start from £27,650 OTR for the entry-level SE five-seat model.
Bold new look The facelifted KODIAQ features a striking new front end that incorporates a more upright six-sided radiator grille and new, higher bonnet. The bumpers have been redesigned to give a sharper appearance while the central air intake has been widened. SE and SE L trims add aluminium-effect trim on the front and rear apron that give the KODIAQ an even more rugged, adventurous feel.
The front lights are also new. The headlight units are shallower and use LED technology as standard for the first time, with state-of-the-art Full LED Matrix lights standard from SE L trim upwards.
The rear bumper has been updated with distinctive diffuser while the tailgate features a new spoiler that extends further towards the back of the car. The rear light units use LED technology and have a narrower and more chiselled shape than previously.
Inside, the KODIAQ is as spacious and practical as ever. A new two-spoke steering wheel is standard on all new KODIAQ models, with the SportLine and vRS variants featuring a sportier three-spoke wheel.
New engines The revised KODIAQ comes with five engine options – three petrol and two diesels. As before, DSG transmissions and four-wheel drive are available on selected models.
All KODIAQ engines are part of the new EVO line, which places emphasis on efficiency. The ‘twin dosing’ method of exhaust gas treatment applied in the diesel engines lowers nitrogen oxide emissions by roughly 80 per cent, while the petrol engines’ fuel consumption is reduced thanks to an injection pressure of up to 350 bar, among other things.
The sporting highlight of the new engine range is a new 2.0 TSI 245PS unit reserved for the new vRS model. This powerful engine is 60kg lighter than the 2.0 TDI it replaces while the new DSG transmission is 5.2kg lighter than the previous gearbox. As before, the vRS model is fitted with four-wheel drive as standard. The vRS model pricing will be announced at a later date.
New assistance systems Improved assistance systems add to the KODIAQ’s safety credentials. Among the updated systems are a new adaptive cruise control function and a new emergency braking function that can detect both pedestrians and cyclists. As part of the car’s proactive passenger protection, new radar sensors at the back can even prepare the vehicle and its occupants for the risk of a collision from behind.
The facelifted KODIAQ will be available in five familiar trim levels; SE, SE L, SportLine, L&K and vRS. SE models can be ordered in both five and seven seat layouts with all other models in the range featuring seven seats as standard. All models in the revised range enjoy a significant specification and equipment boost over previous models. The additional features by trim level are:
KODIAQ SE (from £27,650 OTR)
• LED headlights (low functionality) with daytime running lights • Rear LED lights (high functionality) with welcome effect and dynamic indicators • Off-road style lower front bumper element • Extended rear spoiler with finlets in gloss black • Colour multifunction trip computer • Grey stitching in dashboard • Grey stitching in front and rear armrests and door inserts • Space-saving temporary spare wheel
KODIAQ SE L (from £31,895 OTR) additional equipment
• 19-inch Triglav alloy wheels • Full LED Matrix headlights with AFS (adaptive front light system) with cornering function and AWL (all weather lighting system) • Rear LED lights (high functionality) with welcome effect and dynamic indicators • Chrome roof rails • Off-road style lower front bumper element • Extended rear spoiler with finlets in gloss black • Grey stitching in dashboard • Grey stitching in front and rear armrests and door inserts • Space-saving temporary spare wheel • Textile floor mats
KODIAQ SportLine (from £35,805 OTR) additional equipment
• Full LED Matrix headlights with AFS (adaptive front light system) with cornering function and AWL (all weather lighting system) • Rear LED lights (high functionality) with welcome effect and dynamic indicators • Extended rear spoiler with finlets in gloss black • Grey stitching in dashboard • Grey stitching in front and rear armrests and door inserts • Space-saving temporary spare wheel • Rear-view parking camera
KODIAQ L&K (from £41,720 OTR) additional equipment
• Full LED Matrix headlights with AFS (adaptive front light system) with cornering function and AWL (all weather lighting system) • Rear LED lights (high functionality) with welcome effect and dynamic indicators • Extended rear spoiler with finlets in gloss black • Leather ventilated front seats with Laurin & Klement logo • Grey stitching in dashboard • Grey stitching in front and rear armrests and door inserts • Virtual cockpit
KODIAQ vRS (price TBA) additional equipment
• 20-inch Sagitarius anthracite alloy wheels with aero covers • Virtual cockpit
New KODIAQ - building on success
More than 600,000 KODIAQ models have been built worldwide since its introduction in 2016. The brand’s first entry into the large SUV sector, the KODIAQ has proved hugely popular with buyers in the UK thanks to its remarkable practicality and value for money. It has won more than 20 industry awards since its launch and continues to be the benchmark family SUV.
The KODIAQ also provided the template for subsequent ŠKODA SUV models. The Karoq and Kamiq share the same ultra-practical DNA as the KODIAQ and have established ŠKODA as one of the leaders in the SUV sector.
The new KODIAQ will be available to order from early June with the first UK deliveries expected in July.
2024 Skoda Octavia RS review
For decades the Skoda Octavia RS has been a favourite for practical car buyers who want something a bit sporty.
It remains one of the most convincing options for a buyer who wants to be pragmatic but also responsibly indulgent, with relatively attainable pricing and a wealth of clever features and smart packaging combining with an exciting drive experience.
The 2024 model year changes for the Octavia RS see a few adjustments in spec, and prices have once again been increased. But it now also comes with a seven-year warranty, which certainly adds to the value quotient.
How much does the Skoda Octavia RS cost?
The Octavia RS wagon is the most expensive Skoda midsize model you can get – priced from $58,490 plus on-road costs .
If you aren’t interested in driving quickly or having a faster-looking Octavia, that Style grade offers tremendous value, and it makes a lot of sense for those who aren’t likely to find excuses just to go for a drive.
The Octavia RS is available with a $6600 Premium Pack, which adds stuff you might like, such as leather-accented seat trim, heated front seats with electric seat adjustment, those front seats also have a massage function and memory settings, heated second-row outboard seats, Canton 12-speaker sound system, a head-up display for the driver, three-zone climate control, and the optional package also includes adaptive suspension dampers.
But if you want other alternatives to consider, there are a few. First, the Subaru WRX Sportswagon ($50,990 to $58,990), which might not have the same engaging drive experience as WRXs of years gone by, but it is a quicker-than-average, sporty driving wagon with heaps of practicality on offer.
Up until recently another good option would have been the Peugeot 508 Sportswagon , but that model is not a PHEV-only choice and has copped a huge price hike as a result (now $82,915 plus on-roads).
You could also check out the Mazda 6 , which is available with a turbo-petrol engine and with the choice of sedan or wagon ($36,140 to $55,535).
Or, if you can deal with a sedan body style and the Skoda Liftback isn’t doing it for you, maybe have a look at the vastly improved Hyundai Sonata N Line (from $55,500).
If you’re curious, the paint seen on this RS model is a variant-specific hue called Mamba Green, and it’s the only no-cost choice, too.
Other options include Magic Black Pearl, Race Blue metallic, Graphite Grey metallic, Brilliant silver metallic and Moon White metallic, all of which cost $770. Choose Velvet Red metallic and it’s a $1100 option.
2024 Skoda Octavia pricing:
- 2024 Skoda Octavia Style liftback: $42,490 (+$1500)
- 2024 Skoda Octavia Style wagon: $43,990 (+$1500)
- 2024 Skoda Octavia RS liftback: $56,990 (+$1000)
- 2024 Skoda Octavia RS wagon: $58,490 (+$1000)
Prices excluding on-road costs
What is the Skoda Octavia RS like on the inside?
It was nice to spend some time in an Octavia RS without any options boxes ticked for this review, because it gives you a great sense of what you get as standard, and how much value that optional pack really does add.
Purists will love the fact there’s manual seat adjustment for the cloth-trimmed, diamond-stitched sports seats, but having spent months in a previous RS wagon with the optional pack, I did miss the memory setting for the seats – my partner and I have a big seat disparity.
The sporty buckets are very comfy, though, with a good amount of bolstering and the cloth trim is nice and grippy.
You get ambient lighting on the dash and a nice mix of materials through the cabin, and there is LED interior lighting too, while the driver gets a fully digital 10.25-inch instrumentation panel and there’s a 10.0-inch infotainment system with sat nav, DAB radio, wired/wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a heap of other features available, too.
In previous times with this-generation Octavia I’ve had a number of technical issues with phone mirroring, but this time around, it was a grimace-free experience, which is a nice improvement.
Though I still don’t love that there’s no dials for the infotainment system, and that you have to adjust some elements of the air-conditioning system through the screen, rather than using physical buttons.
For instance, there’s a home ‘bar’ at the bottom of the screen for climate controls including temperature adjustment, but there is no fan control button/slider there, so you have to adjust the speed of the air using the main screen – unless you’re one of those cretins that leaves it on “Auto” – I’m joking!
There are some oddly sized cupholders between the front seats, and a few loose item storage spots, too, plus you get flocked door pockets with bottle holsters, and in the driver’s door there’s a hidden umbrella for those unexpected and increasingly common storms.
And while I didn’t think I’d miss having a panoramic sunroof (a $1900 option), it does lighten up the cabin a lot, given the expanse of the black headlining which can make things feel a bit gloomy inside.
The rear seat has a heap of nice features that occupants (and parents) will love, such as retractable sun-blinds, a pair of USB-C ports, directional air-vents, map pockets with device nooks on the seat backs, lined bottle holders in the doors, a flip-down armrest with cup holders and storage, and there’s also a ski port.
Occupants will find there’s enough space to fit behind bigger front-seaters – at 182cm/6’0” I could easily slot in behind my own driving position, with enough knee, foot and head room to be comfortable. There’s also enough width that, if pushed, you could fit three adults across, being mindful of the transmission tunnel intrusion.
For the mums and dads reading this, you’ve got ISOFIX points in the window seats and three top-tether points, too, and – from experience – you can fit a rearward-facing capsule with room to spare for a parent in front.
Oh, and parents will also LOVE the fact there are proximity unlocking sensors on the rear doors as well as the front, meaning you can unlock the back door and load your child into their seat without having to make that annoying extra few-step journey to trigger the front doors to unlock. There’s also an electric tailgate, too.
Now, the boot space on offer in the Octavia RS is convincing, too. There’s either 600 litres (VDA) if you choose the liftback, or 640 litres (VDA) if you get the wagon. That’s easily enough to fit a larger pram and some extra bags.
Under the boot floor there’s a space-saver spare wheel, and the boot space features a reversible mat (rubber on one side, carpet on the other), which is handier than you’d expect. There’s also a set of nets to secure items in place, and remote rear-seat releases if you want to fold the seats down.
Just note, though, that there is a bit of an intrusion between the boot and the backseats, so it won’t be a fully-flat space – but there is 1700L VDA of space to play with.
What’s under the bonnet?
There have been no changes under the bonnet for the 2024 Skoda Octavia RS, and honestly, that’s no big deal – because this is a great powertrain.
The EA888 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine employed here has 180kW of power and 370Nm of torque, and that means this sporty wagon will do 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds .
There’s a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle-shifters, and the RS is front-wheel drive. In other markets, there’s an AWD model, which we sadly miss out on.
Fuel economy is rated at 6.8 litres per 100km on the combined cycle, and you’ll need to fill it up with 95 RON premium unleaded, and it has a 50-litre fuel tank capacity. In my real-world testing across a week of mixed driving, I saw a return of 8.3 litres per 100km.
How does the Skoda Octavia RS drive?
It drives beautifully, and it doesn’t need the adaptive dampers to do it.
That’s the thing that stood out most to me, having lived with a new-gen Octy RS for months on end. In that long-term loan, I was often fiddling with the adaptive suspension settings, trying to find the right balance for whatever surfaces I was encountering.
In this more basic example, the inherent qualities of the platform for this car shine through, as it possesses and exhibits a comfortable ride, which – admittedly – is a bit firmer than a standard Octavia, and it sits a bit lower to the ground due to its sports chassis setup.
But even so, it offers a comfortable and composed ride in most situations, while also offering the driver enough fun factor in corners, with a nicely stuck-down drive experience in most situations. The Octavia RS has a lovely driving character to it, and depending on the drive mode you’re in, it can be sedate and cruisy or more focused and sporty.
The minor gripe I have is that, at times, the engine can overpower the front tyres, especially if you dose it, which is simply a byproduct of having so much torque to get to the surface – but there’s a standard electronic differential lock to help you power out of corners.
The steering is lovely, too, with a quick ratio and great response in corners, while also offering a simple and very usable for boring driving, too, with a super predictable response for parking moves – if you don’t want to use the now-standard auto parking tech.
The powertrain also offers that brilliant duality, with a manageable urban driving experience (yes, even though the dual-clutch automatic transmission and engine start-stop system can interrupt proceedings in traffic), and yet with ample power delivered in a linear way, ample mid-range pulling power for zippy moves in traffic and overtaking, and enough zest to put hairs on your chest, if you want that.
The DSG doesn’t muck about when it comes to shifting gears at speed, either, with a prompt and predictable logic that almost never gets it wrong, especially if you’re giving it some hustle.
There are some things that could be improved in terms of the drive, though.
As with most MQB-based offerings from the VW Group, there is a lot of road noise intrusion into the cabin. Some extra sound deadening – especially for coarse-chip roads – would not go astray.
And further, while a reversing camera and all-around parking sensors is handy, family buyers would no doubt appreciate a surround-view camera system.
What do you get?
Octavia Style highlights:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Space-saver spare wheel
- Matrix LED headlights
- LED fog lights with cornering function
- LED tail lights
- LED puddle lights
- Rain-sensing window wipers
- Privacy glass
- Chrome window frame surrounds
- Silver roof rails (wagon only)
- Power tailgate with hands-free opening
- Electric, heated and power-folding side mirrors
- 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster
- 10.0-inch ‘Columbus’ infotainment system
- Satellite navigation
- Two USB-C ports
- Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
- 8-speaker sound system
- Wireless phone charger
- Keyless entry and push-button start
- Dual-zone climate control
- LED ambient interior lighting
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel
- Paddle shifters
- Rear door window sunshades
- Shift-by-wire gear selector
- Electric park brake
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Fabric upholstery
Octavia RS adds:
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Electronically locking limited-slip front differential
- Sports suspension
- Progressive steering
- Black window surrounds
- Dual exhaust tips
- Gloss black exterior highlights
- Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
- Blind-spot assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Adaptive cruise control with stop & go
- Lane Assist with Adaptive Lane Guidance
- DAB+ digital radio
- 5 x USB-C ports
- Drive mode selector
- Aluminium pedals
- Fabric upholstery with red contrast stitching
Is the RS worth $14,500 more to get that stuff? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
Is the Skoda Octavia RS safe?
The Octavia was awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating in 2019.
It scored 92 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, 73 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 79 per cent for safety assist.
Standard safety features include:
- Autonomous emergency braking (AEB)
- Pedestrian detection
- Cyclist detection
- Lane-keep assist
- Adaptive cruise control
- Driver fatigue monitoring
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Reversing camera
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- Rear-cross traffic alert with braking
- Can brake the car if obstacles are detected at low speeds)
- Emergency Assist
- Park assist
- Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
- Pre-collision pre-tensioning and crash preparation
- *Part of option pack on base grade
- Will stop car and put hazards on if driver unresponsive
If you choose the Octavia Style, the car is fitted with eight airbags – dual front, front-side, front centre, driver’s knee, and full length curtains.
But opting for the RS model means you get 10 airbags, with all of the above plus rear side thorax airbags, too.
How much does the Skoda Octavia RS cost to run?
Skoda has made a seven-year, unlimited kilometre warranty standard on its model range, matching the likes of MG, GWM, Ssangyong and Kia, among others.
The brand also has decent service options on paper. Maintenance is scheduled at 12 months/15,000km, and there are a couple of ways you can go about servicing your car if you want to do so with Skoda.
Firstly, you can pay as you go. There’s a capped-price servicing plan available for the model range.
But the smarter choice is to prepay your servicing, and you can do so by either choosing a five-year/75,000km service plan ( $2600 ) or a seven-year/105,000km plan ( $3400 ) – either of those represents a saving of hundreds of dollars over paying as you go.
And, get this – if you service with Skoda, you can get up to nine years of roadside assistance included.
CarExpert’s Take on the Skoda Octavia RS
If there’s one thing that the Skoda Octavia does well, it’s pretty much everything.
It’s still the go-to sporty wagon for those who want a family-sized car that’s fun and fast.
It’s lovely to drive, and with seven years of warranty cover it makes an even stronger case now than in years gone by.
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