Skoda has announced pricing and specs for the updated Octavia RS, which gets more power, a dual-clutch automatic as standard and more equipment.
The base 169kW trim has been dropped, meaning that the sole powertrian available is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine making 180kW of power and 370Nm of torque. The manual transmission has also seen the cut, with the sole transmission being a seven-speed ‘DSG’ automatic – power is sent to the front wheels via an electronically-locking limited-slip differential (which now comes as standard).
The 2019 Octavia RS range opens with the RS 2.0 TSI, priced from $39,990 plus on-road costs for the sedan and $41,490 plus on-roads for the wagon. Standard equipment includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (no factory satellite navigation), 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue monitoring, tyre pressure monitoring, an eight-speaker sound system, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, RS sport seats, and automatic headlights and wipers.
Above the base RS 2.0 TSI is the RS 245, priced from $45,490 plus on-road costs for the sedan and $46,990 plus on-roads for the wagon. It gains keyless entry, push-button start, a 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, satellite navigation, 10-speaker sound system, front parking sensors, wireless phone charging, automatic park assist and adaptive dampers.
A number of options are available, namely the $2800 Luxury package available for the top-spec RS 245 – it adds leather/suede sport seats with red stitching, electric front seat adjustment, lane-keep assist, blind spot monitoring, seat heating and power-folding mirrors.
2019 Skoda Octavia RS pricing (plus on-road costs)
- RS 2.0 TSI sedan: $39,990
- RS 2.0 TSI wagon: $41,490
- RS 245 sedan: $45,490
- RS 245 wagon: $46,990
- Metallic paint: $500 (all variants)
- Luxury package: $2800 (RS 245)
- Skoda Virtual Cockpit: $700 (all variants)
- Sunroof: $1500 sedan, $1700 wagon (all variants)
- 19-inch alloy wheels: $700 (all variants)
- Electric tailgate: $500 (all wagon variants)
- Three-year servicing package: $860 (all variants)
- Five-year servicing package: $1700 (all variants)