2018 Skoda Octavia RS 245 Review | motoring.com.au

2018 Skoda Octavia RS 245 Review | motoring.com.au


If you thought wagons were boring and Skoda
simply recycled old Volkswagens, put your views to one side for a moment, because I’ve
got something to show you. This is the Skoda Octavia RS 245. And in my books any car that shouts its horsepower
in the name is basically worthy of a closer inspection. I’ve got a private road at my disposal, let’s
find out. The RS245 is the newly-conceived kingpin of
the Octavia line-up. It costs $4500 more than the regular Octavia
RS, but gets a re-tuned version of the Volkswagen Group’s 2.0-litre turbo-four engine, bringing
245 horsepower, or 180kW in our money, and 370Nm. And it goes just like the badge suggests. That’s 11kW and 20Nm over the regular…. Available in liftback and wagon derivatives
with a choice of manual or automatic transmissions, there is plenty of choice here. The manual shift is fluid and nicely spaced,
and the seven-speed auto supports the occasional backroad blast, even if upshifts are occasionally
slurred. Yes, the front-drive tendencies of the RS
aren’t perfect, and it’s not as playful as what it could be. But this remains an impressive machine. The biggest redeeming feature is that it rides
and handles like a European wagon in daily conveyance. That on-road refinement is supported by a
smart and roomy interior complete with a 9.2-inch touschreen, Apple Carplay and Android auto,
lashings of alcantara and crisp digital displays. On the safety front, the RS shines with nine
airbags, automated emergency braking and the latest acronyms in driver aids – while from
an owners point of view there is peace of mind, thanks to a five year warranty, and
a set servicing rate of $1300 over three years. To many people, the RS245 will remain an enigma,
but when you combine that aftersales care with its driving characteristics, it really
does make a compelling argument. And alternatively, it is something different
from your straightforward SUV.