The 2017 Skoda Octavia range pricing and specification has been announced ahead of the car’s local release in the coming month. In addition to its fresh face, the Octavia range boasts equipment additions for an extra $1,000 of total value, as claimed by Skoda Australia. The 2017 Octavia also includes options such as blind-spot monitoring, which were previously unavailable.
Skoda has also revised and simplified the local Octavia lineup, with the former Octavia Style being replaced with the Octavia Sport, and the phasing out of the Scout 4×4 for the time being.
The local 2017 Skoda Octavia lineup opens with the entry-level model, simply dubbed Octavia. Its pricing has moved up $500 to $23,490 plus on-road costs, but this is offset by an additional $1,000 increase in its value equation. Still equipped with active safety equipment such as radar cruise control and autonomous emergency braking, the entry Octavia is now equipped with dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, new 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear centre armrest for the liftback sedan, LED tailights, a multi-view rear camera and even an umbrella under the front passenger’s seat.
The Octavia’s massive 568-(liftback sedan) or 588-litre boot (wagon) continue largely unchanged, aside from remote tabs to fold the rear seats.
This is in addition to a wide range of equipment including radar cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, seven airbags, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, front and rear foglamps, front and rear parking sensors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel/gearknob/handbrake, heated mirrors and Global Open/Close remote window/sunroof (if equipped) functionality.
The Octavia Sport (from $29,990 plus on road costs) sits above the Octavia, and adds further equipment including 18-inch alloy wheels, leather sports seats, sports suspension, automatic adaptive LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, rain-sensing wipers and two additional rear side airbags – bringing the total to nine.
Both the Octavia and Octavia Sport are powered by the 110TSI 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque. Both models can be combined with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, with a six-speed manual available on the entry-level Octavia as well. Skoda claims a combined fuel economy figure of 5.4L/100km for the manual, and 5.2L/100km for the DSG. The 110TDI 2.0-litre turbo diesel in the previous Octavia Style has been left out for the facelifted range in Australia.
Above the Octavia Sport sits the traditionally most popular Skoda in Australia, the Octavia RS (from $38,890 plus on-road costs). In addition to its 2.0-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine (now with 169kW of power/350Nm of torque from the Octavia RS230), the Octavia RS now receives black 18-inch alloy wheels and body styling treatments, as well as a new 9.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay/Android Auto and satellite navigation.
The sole diesel variant in the 2017 Skoda Octavia range is the RS TDI, which sits atop the local range for now and uses the same 2.0-litre turbo diesel as before, producing 135kW of power and 380Nm of torque, mated solely to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.
As before, Skoda is offering the facelifted Octavia with different option packages to give customers levels of technology unseen previously on the local Octavia range.
The Tech Pack continues to be offered across the range, and gifts the Octavia a serious amount of extra equipment, regardless of the variant selected. Pricing ranges from $4,900 on the entry Octavia to $2,300 on the RS – many of the Tech Pack’s equipment arrives already included on the RS.
The Tech Pack itself features adaptive LED headlights with LED daytime running lights (base Octavia only, standard elsewhere), a 9.2-inch infotainment system (already standard on the RS), automatic parking assist, adaptive dampers (Octavia RS only), advanced keyless entry with an alarm, a ten-speaker Canton sound system, driving mode selection (Octavia and Octavia Sport), automatic headlights and wipers (Octavia only) and personalisation of the car’s settings with different keys.
A new option package for the range is the Luxury Pack, which replaces the Comfort Pack for the RS and allows the entry level Octavia to be equipped with items that have been previously unavailable. Like the Tech Pack, it is available across the range. Pricing ranges from $4,200 for the entry Octavia, $1,600 for the Octavia Sport, and $2,800 for the RS.
The Luxury Pack includes full-leather upholstery (Octavia and red stitching on the RS), electric front seats with driver’s memory settings (Octavia and RS), auto-folding mirrors with puddle lamps (Octavia), auto-lane keep and blind-spot monitoring, as well as heated front and rear seating.
Other options, such as larger 18- or 19-inch alloys depending model ($500-$700), a glass sunroof ($1,500 – liftback) or panoramic glass sunroof ($1,700 – wagon), metallic paint ($500) and an electric tailgate ($500 – Octavia wagon) are also available.
The 2017 Skoda Octavia range will arrive in dealerships in May 2017, with the Octavia RS following two months afterwards. 2017 is a year of product offensive from the Czech brand, with a revitalised Octavia boosting the local Skoda range before the seven-seat Kodiaq SUV arrives in June, and the high-performance Octavia RS245 in the second half of the year.
2017 Skoda Octavia pricing (plus on-road costs):
Octavia 110TSI 6-speed manual sedan – $23,490
Octavia 110TSI 6-speed manual wagon – $24,990
Octavia 110TSI 7-speed DSG sedan – $25,990
Octavia 110TSI 7-speed DSG wagon – $27,490
Octavia Sport 110TSI 7-speed DSG sedan – $29,990
Octavia Sport 110TSI 7-speed DSG wagon – $31,490
Octavia RS 169TSI 6-speed manual sedan – $38,890
Octavia RS 169TSI 6-speed DSG sedan – $41,390
Octavia RS 169TSI 6-speed manual wagon – $40,390
Octavia RS 169TSI 6-speed DSG wagon – $42,890
Octavia RS 135TDI 6-speed DSG sedan – $42,490
Octavia RS 135TDI 6-speed DSG wagon – $43,990