Pros

  • RS models are theoretically the perfect car.
  • Superb driving dynamics.
  • Excellent value for money on the used market.
  • Performance, and practicality all wrapped in something a little different.

Cons

  • Many used examples have been driven hard.
  • Require fastidious maintenance to be at their best.
  • Reliability and longevity concerns.
  • Parts and labour costs can be expensive.

Verdict

Deciding whether to take the plunge really hinges on your circumstances.

If you’re proficient with a spanner and maybe blessed with a mechanic best friend, and you’re willing to contend with potential lingering issues because the car’s charisma and uniqueness overshadow the hassle, and if you’ve reached a life stage...

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For those not in the know, picture a Volkswagen Golf GTI but in wagon form – that pretty much sums up the third-generation SKODA Octavia RS. Now, before we dig into the nitty-gritty, here’s the scoop: SKODA, is under the wing of Volkswagen. This means the Golf and Octavia share more than just a family tie; they have common underpinnings, engines, and various other components. While the Golf GTI already has its fanbase, the Octavia RS tries to stand out with a body style twist.

Let’s set the context. This cheat sheet/review takes a peek at the third-gen Octavia, kicking around from 2014 to roughly 2020, available in both the standard lift-back hatch and the more “funky” wagon.

A pivotal moment for this Octavia generation came in 2017 when a sizeable update gave it a fresh look. The unique split-headlight design replaced the previous single piece unit, but beyond the visual overhaul, this update claims to bring advancements in technology, features, safety systems, and mechanical components. We’ll unravel these supposed upgrades below.

Depending on where you’re reading this from, the Octavia lineup throws at you a baffling range of options, all with different engines. Wrap your head around this: acro9ss the Octavia range, there were more than 30 different models, sporting both petrol and diesel powerplants. Even here in Australia, you can chew on the variety of 20 different Octavia models.

Now, here’s the twist. The story’s star players are, in many cases, the Octavia RS models. A total of

For those not in the know, picture a Volkswagen Golf GTI but in wagon form – that pretty much sums up the third-generation SKODA Octavia RS. Now, before we dig into the nitty-gritty, here’s the scoop: SKODA, is under the wing of Volkswagen. This means the Golf and Octavia share more than just a family tie; they have common underpinnings, engines, and various other components. While the Golf GTI already has its fanbase, the Octavia RS tries to stand out with a body style twist.

Let’s set the context. This cheat sheet/review takes a peek at the third-gen Octavia, kicking around from 2014 to roughly 2020, available in both the standard lift-back hatch and the more “funky” wagon.

A pivotal moment for this Octavia generation came in 2017 when a sizeable update gave it a fresh look. The unique split-headlight design replaced the previous single piece unit, but beyond the visual overhaul, this update claims to bring advancements in technology, features, safety systems, and mechanical components. We’ll unravel these supposed upgrades below.

Depending on where you’re reading this from, the Octavia lineup throws at you a baffling range of options, all with different engines. Wrap your head around this: acro9ss the Octavia range, there were more than 30 different models, sporting both petrol and diesel powerplants. Even here in Australia, you can chew on the variety of 20 different Octavia models.

Now, here’s the twist. The story’s star players are, in many cases, the Octavia RS models. A total of six RS versions cater to those with a craving for something sportier. While this cheat sheet covers aspects that apply to the entire Octavia family, we’ll give a bit more attention to these RS models.

Time to tackle the naming maze – it’s a bit of a head-scratcher. The digits supposedly represent the power output, but the unit of measurement isn’t consistent. The RS162, for instance, equates to a power output of 162 kilowatts of power. Yet, when it comes to the 230 and later 245 versions, that number stands for horsepower, not kilowatts. Maybe it’s time for SKODA to keep it simple; those fancy number games might not be fooling anyone these days.

To sum it up, the third-generation SKODA Octavia RS might catch your eye if you’re into a fusion of the practicality of a wagon and a dash of performance. Whether you’re sizing up the whole Octavia range or just eyeballing those RS versions, one thing’s evident – SKODA wants to offer a package that promises power, style, and innovation.

However, as this generation ages, many concerns can arise interns of reliability and an appetite for fastidious maintenance. Neither assisted by generally expensive parts and labour costs.

For those not in the know, picture a Volkswagen Golf GTI but in wagon form – that pretty much sums up the third-generation SKODA Octavia RS. Now, before we dig into the nitty-gritty, here’s the scoop: SKODA, is under the wing of Volkswagen. This means the Golf and Octavia share more than just a family tie; they have common underpinnings, engines, and various other components. While the Golf GTI already has its fanbase, the Octavia RS tries to stand out with a body style twist.

Let’s set the context. This cheat sheet/review takes a peek at the third-gen Octavia, kicking around from 2014 to roughly 2020, available in both the standard lift-back hatch and the more “funky” wagon.

A pivotal moment for this Octavia generation came in 2017 when a sizeable update gave it a fresh look. The unique split-headlight design replaced the previous single piece unit, but beyond the visual overhaul, this update claims to bring advancements in technology, features, safety systems, and mechanical components. We’ll unravel these supposed upgrades below.

Depending on where you’re reading this from, the Octavia lineup throws at you a baffling range of options, all with different engines. Wrap your head around this: acro9ss the Octavia range, there were more than 30 different models, sporting both petrol and diesel powerplants. Even here in Australia, you can chew on the variety of 20 different Octavia models.

Now, here’s the twist. The story’s star players are, in many cases, the Octavia RS models. A total of six RS versions cater to those with a craving for something sportier. While this cheat sheet covers aspects that apply to the entire Octavia family, we’ll give a bit more attention to these RS models.

Time to tackle the naming maze – it’s a bit of a head-scratcher. The digits supposedly represent the power output, but the unit of measurement isn’t consistent. The RS162, for instance, equates to a power output of 162 kilowatts of power. Yet, when it comes to the 230 and later 245 versions, that number stands for horsepower, not kilowatts. Maybe it’s time for SKODA to keep it simple; those fancy number games might not be fooling anyone these days.

To sum it up, the third-generation SKODA Octavia RS might catch your eye if you’re into a fusion of the practicality of a wagon and a dash of performance. Whether you’re sizing up the whole Octavia range or just eyeballing those RS versions, one thing’s evident – SKODA wants to offer a package that promises power, style, and innovation.

However, as this generation ages, many concerns can arise interns of reliability and an appetite for fastidious maintenance. Neither assisted by generally expensive parts and labour costs.

Exterior:

Numerous reports have emerged regarding the powered tailgate struts, often failing to close properly or intermittently malfunctioning. Unfortunately, these instances tend to occur precisely when one’s hands are full of groceries or you’re in a rush.

There are sporadic accounts of sunroofs being unresponsive to opening and closing, or solely the blind not operating.

For vehicles equipped with a sunroof, it’s imperative to regularly clean the drain plugs. Neglecting this can lead to water infiltrating the cabin, wreaking havoc on the electronics.

On the topic of electronics, an array of complaints pertains to various electrical components. Challenges encompass erratic behavior of tail lights, finicky power windows, and malfunctioning door lock actuators.

Early vehicles have exhibited issues with deteriorating door seals. Certain owners have encountered problems stemming from blocked door drain plugs.

The matter of tyres presents an intriguing aspect. Many owners suggest that the standard tire size may be inadequately suited for Australian road conditions. Apparently, opting for a higher profile tire can yield significant improvements.

 

Interior:

Turning our attention to the interior, the saga of electronic issues persists. Users have reported complaints about glitchy infotainment systems, with reports even noting that screens can become excessively hot.

A common complaint revolves around the scroll wheels on the steering wheel, which tends to malfunction or even disintegrate. While not a complex problem to fix, it’s undeniably aggravating.

Many owners choose to always disable the auto start-stop feature due to a notable improvement on battery life and overall battery performance.

In addition, grievances extend to the stitching on the seats, which has been observed to unravel prematurely, even at relatively low mileage.

The issue of rattles emerges prominently, with numerous accounts citing rattles originating from the dashboard, A, B, and C pillars, beneath the seats, and within the doors.

 

Mechanically:

When considering the unmodified versions of the third-generation SKODA Octavia RS, the most prevalent and somewhat costly issue revolves around the water pump and thermostat. These components tend to experience premature and frequent failures. Remarkably, some factory-installed water pumps can develop leaks after covering only 50 to 60k kilometres. It has become and almost routine part of the maintenance schedule. Interestingly, non-genuine replacement pumps often prove more durable than their genuine counterparts.

Some examples have coolant header tanks with a silica bag, the bag can burst and block the heater matrix leading to an expensive repair.

DSG transmissions can suffer from mechatronics failures, often resulting in very expensive repair costs, while there are less common reports of difficulty shifting gears, leaking fluid, clutch juddering, and failed clutch or, worst case scenario catastrophic transmission failures. In addition, other owners have reported delayed shifts, and clunking noise when shifting gears.

Frequently,

Exterior:

Numerous reports have emerged regarding the powered tailgate struts, often failing to close properly or intermittently malfunctioning. Unfortunately, these instances tend to occur precisely when one’s hands are full of groceries or you’re in a rush.

There are sporadic accounts of sunroofs being unresponsive to opening and closing, or solely the blind not operating.

For vehicles equipped with a sunroof, it’s imperative to regularly clean the drain plugs. Neglecting this can lead to water infiltrating the cabin, wreaking havoc on the electronics.

On the topic of electronics, an array of complaints pertains to various electrical components. Challenges encompass erratic behavior of tail lights, finicky power windows, and malfunctioning door lock actuators.

Early vehicles have exhibited issues with deteriorating door seals. Certain owners have encountered problems stemming from blocked door drain plugs.

The matter of tyres presents an intriguing aspect. Many owners suggest that the standard tire size may be inadequately suited for Australian road conditions. Apparently, opting for a higher profile tire can yield significant improvements.

 

Interior:

Turning our attention to the interior, the saga of electronic issues persists. Users have reported complaints about glitchy infotainment systems, with reports even noting that screens can become excessively hot.

A common complaint revolves around the scroll wheels on the steering wheel, which tends to malfunction or even disintegrate. While not a complex problem to fix, it’s undeniably aggravating.

Many owners choose to always disable the auto start-stop feature due to a notable improvement on battery life and overall battery performance.

In addition, grievances extend to the stitching on the seats, which has been observed to unravel prematurely, even at relatively low mileage.

The issue of rattles emerges prominently, with numerous accounts citing rattles originating from the dashboard, A, B, and C pillars, beneath the seats, and within the doors.

 

Mechanically:

When considering the unmodified versions of the third-generation SKODA Octavia RS, the most prevalent and somewhat costly issue revolves around the water pump and thermostat. These components tend to experience premature and frequent failures. Remarkably, some factory-installed water pumps can develop leaks after covering only 50 to 60k kilometres. It has become and almost routine part of the maintenance schedule. Interestingly, non-genuine replacement pumps often prove more durable than their genuine counterparts.

Some examples have coolant header tanks with a silica bag, the bag can burst and block the heater matrix leading to an expensive repair.

DSG transmissions can suffer from mechatronics failures, often resulting in very expensive repair costs, while there are less common reports of difficulty shifting gears, leaking fluid, clutch juddering, and failed clutch or, worst case scenario catastrophic transmission failures. In addition, other owners have reported delayed shifts, and clunking noise when shifting gears.

Frequently, ignition coils require replacement. Complications involving Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) systems and engine oil leaks are common culprits. These coils are also highly susceptible to oil consumption. Occasionally, timing chain issues come to the forefront. Newer iterations of this engine tend to experience fewer issues with inlet tract blockages due to the incorporation of both direct and port injection.

In regards to the 2.0 diesel variant, it utilises a timing belt instead of a chain, necessitating replacement every 105k kilometres or 7 years. 

However, the timing belt replacement might need to occur sooner if there are any oil leaks in the area – a frequent occurrence in these models. Additionally, the timing belt tensioners and idler bearings have been known to fail prematurely.

The inlet systems, encompassing throttle bodies and EGR valves, are notably prone to clogging. While the installation of a catch can could substantially benefit these systems, it’s a rarity in this vehicle type. The engine bay in these models is notably tight, leaving very little space for additional components.

Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) in these vehicles generally exhibit issues on par with other vehicles in the same category.

Historically, older European cars commonly grapple with problems tied to weak engine bay plastics, reminiscent of the water pump situation. As these vehicles age, it’s likely that similar issues will emerge in the third-generation SKODA Octavia RS as well.

Exterior:

Numerous reports have emerged regarding the powered tailgate struts, often failing to close properly or intermittently malfunctioning. Unfortunately, these instances tend to occur precisely when one’s hands are full of groceries or you’re in a rush.

There are sporadic accounts of sunroofs being unresponsive to opening and closing, or solely the blind not operating.

For vehicles equipped with a sunroof, it’s imperative to regularly clean the drain plugs. Neglecting this can lead to water infiltrating the cabin, wreaking havoc on the electronics.

On the topic of electronics, an array of complaints pertains to various electrical components. Challenges encompass erratic behavior of tail lights, finicky power windows, and malfunctioning door lock actuators.

Early vehicles have exhibited issues with deteriorating door seals. Certain owners have encountered problems stemming from blocked door drain plugs.

The matter of tyres presents an intriguing aspect. Many owners suggest that the standard tire size may be inadequately suited for Australian road conditions. Apparently, opting for a higher profile tire can yield significant improvements.

 

Interior:

Turning our attention to the interior, the saga of electronic issues persists. Users have reported complaints about glitchy infotainment systems, with reports even noting that screens can become excessively hot.

A common complaint revolves around the scroll wheels on the steering wheel, which tends to malfunction or even disintegrate. While not a complex problem to fix, it’s undeniably aggravating.

Many owners choose to always disable the auto start-stop feature due to a notable improvement on battery life and overall battery performance.

In addition, grievances extend to the stitching on the seats, which has been observed to unravel prematurely, even at relatively low mileage.

The issue of rattles emerges prominently, with numerous accounts citing rattles originating from the dashboard, A, B, and C pillars, beneath the seats, and within the doors.

 

Mechanically:

When considering the unmodified versions of the third-generation SKODA Octavia RS, the most prevalent and somewhat costly issue revolves around the water pump and thermostat. These components tend to experience premature and frequent failures. Remarkably, some factory-installed water pumps can develop leaks after covering only 50 to 60k kilometres. It has become and almost routine part of the maintenance schedule. Interestingly, non-genuine replacement pumps often prove more durable than their genuine counterparts.

Some examples have coolant header tanks with a silica bag, the bag can burst and block the heater matrix leading to an expensive repair.

DSG transmissions can suffer from mechatronics failures, often resulting in very expensive repair costs, while there are less common reports of difficulty shifting gears, leaking fluid, clutch juddering, and failed clutch or, worst case scenario catastrophic transmission failures. In addition, other owners have reported delayed shifts, and clunking noise when shifting gears.

Frequently, ignition coils require replacement. Complications involving Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) systems and engine oil leaks are common culprits. These coils are also highly susceptible to oil consumption. Occasionally, timing chain issues come to the forefront. Newer iterations of this engine tend to experience fewer issues with inlet tract blockages due to the incorporation of both direct and port injection.

In regards to the 2.0 diesel variant, it utilises a timing belt instead of a chain, necessitating replacement every 105k kilometres or 7 years. 

However, the timing belt replacement might need to occur sooner if there are any oil leaks in the area – a frequent occurrence in these models. Additionally, the timing belt tensioners and idler bearings have been known to fail prematurely.

The inlet systems, encompassing throttle bodies and EGR valves, are notably prone to clogging. While the installation of a catch can could substantially benefit these systems, it’s a rarity in this vehicle type. The engine bay in these models is notably tight, leaving very little space for additional components.

Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) in these vehicles generally exhibit issues on par with other vehicles in the same category.

Historically, older European cars commonly grapple with problems tied to weak engine bay plastics, reminiscent of the water pump situation. As these vehicles age, it’s likely that similar issues will emerge in the third-generation SKODA Octavia RS as well.

Body Style:

  • 5 door Liftback
  • 5 door Wagon

Engines:

  • 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition Plus 103TSI, Elegance 103TSI, Ambition 103TSI, Ambition 110TSI, Ambition Plus 110TSI, Style 110TSI, 110TSI, Sport 110TSI)
  • 1.8 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Elegance 132TSI, Scout Premium 132TSI)
  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Elegance 110TDI, Scout 110TDI, Scout Premium 135TDI, Style 110TDI, RS 135TDI)
  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 162TSI, RS 230, RS 169TSI, RS 245, RS 180TSI)
  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (RS 135TDI)

Power:

  • 103kW – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition Plus 103TSI, Elegance 103TSI, Ambition 103TSI)
  • 132kW – 1.8 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Elegance 132TSI, Scout Premium 132TSI)
  • 110kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Elegance 110TDI, Scout 110TDI, Style 110TDI)
  • 162kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 162TSI)
  • 135kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (RS 135TDI)
  • 135kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Scout Premium 135TDI, RS 135TDI)
  • 110kW – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition 110TSI, Ambition Plus 110TSI, Style 110TSI, 110TSI, Sport 110TSI)
  • 169kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 230, RS 169TSI)
  • 180kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 245, RS 180TSI)

Torque:

  • 250Nm – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition Plus 103TSI, Elegance 103TSI, Ambition 103TSI)
  • 250Nm – 1.8 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Elegance 132TSI, Scout Premium 132TSI)
  • 320Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Elegance 110TDI, Scout 110TDI, Style 110TDI)
  • 350Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 162TSI)
  • 380Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo

Body Style:

  • 5 door Liftback
  • 5 door Wagon

Engines:

  • 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition Plus 103TSI, Elegance 103TSI, Ambition 103TSI, Ambition 110TSI, Ambition Plus 110TSI, Style 110TSI, 110TSI, Sport 110TSI)
  • 1.8 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Elegance 132TSI, Scout Premium 132TSI)
  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Elegance 110TDI, Scout 110TDI, Scout Premium 135TDI, Style 110TDI, RS 135TDI)
  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 162TSI, RS 230, RS 169TSI, RS 245, RS 180TSI)
  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (RS 135TDI)

Power:

  • 103kW – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition Plus 103TSI, Elegance 103TSI, Ambition 103TSI)
  • 132kW – 1.8 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Elegance 132TSI, Scout Premium 132TSI)
  • 110kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Elegance 110TDI, Scout 110TDI, Style 110TDI)
  • 162kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 162TSI)
  • 135kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (RS 135TDI)
  • 135kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Scout Premium 135TDI, RS 135TDI)
  • 110kW – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition 110TSI, Ambition Plus 110TSI, Style 110TSI, 110TSI, Sport 110TSI)
  • 169kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 230, RS 169TSI)
  • 180kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 245, RS 180TSI)

Torque:

  • 250Nm – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition Plus 103TSI, Elegance 103TSI, Ambition 103TSI)
  • 250Nm – 1.8 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Elegance 132TSI, Scout Premium 132TSI)
  • 320Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Elegance 110TDI, Scout 110TDI, Style 110TDI)
  • 350Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 162TSI)
  • 380Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (RS 135TDI)
  • 340Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Scout Premium 135TDI, RS 135TDI)
  • 280Nm – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition 110TSI, Ambition Plus 110TSI, Style 110TSI, 110TSI, Sport 110TSI)
  • 380Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 230, RS 169TSI)
  • 370Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 245, RS 180TSI

Transmission & drivetrains:

  • 6-speed Manual (Ambition Plus 103TSI, RS 162TSI, Ambition 103TSI, Scout 110TDI, Ambition 110TSI, Ambition Plus 110TSI, RS 230, 110TSI, RS 169TSI, RS 245)
  • 7-speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch (Ambition Plus 103TSI, Elegance 103TSI, Elegance 132TSI, Ambition 103TSI, Ambition 110TSI, Ambition Plus 110TSI, Style 110TSI, 110TSI, Sport 110TSI, RS 245, RS 180TSI)
  • 6-speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch (Elegance 110TDI, RS 162TSI, RS 135TDI, Scout Premium 132TSI, Scout Premium 135TDI, Style 110TDI, RS 169TSI)

Fuel Consumption:

  • 4.7 – 7.1L / 100km

Length:

  • 4659 – 4689mm (5 door Liftback)
  • 4659 – 4689mm (5 door Wagon)

Width:

  • 1814mm (5 door Liftback)
  • 1814mm (5 door Wagon)

Height:

  • 1448 – 1461mm (5 door Liftback)
  • 1452 – 1531mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight:

  • 1,150 – 1,450kg

Body Style:

  • 5 door Liftback
  • 5 door Wagon

Engines:

  • 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition Plus 103TSI, Elegance 103TSI, Ambition 103TSI, Ambition 110TSI, Ambition Plus 110TSI, Style 110TSI, 110TSI, Sport 110TSI)
  • 1.8 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Elegance 132TSI, Scout Premium 132TSI)
  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Elegance 110TDI, Scout 110TDI, Scout Premium 135TDI, Style 110TDI, RS 135TDI)
  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 162TSI, RS 230, RS 169TSI, RS 245, RS 180TSI)
  • 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (RS 135TDI)

Power:

  • 103kW – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition Plus 103TSI, Elegance 103TSI, Ambition 103TSI)
  • 132kW – 1.8 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Elegance 132TSI, Scout Premium 132TSI)
  • 110kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Elegance 110TDI, Scout 110TDI, Style 110TDI)
  • 162kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 162TSI)
  • 135kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (RS 135TDI)
  • 135kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Scout Premium 135TDI, RS 135TDI)
  • 110kW – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition 110TSI, Ambition Plus 110TSI, Style 110TSI, 110TSI, Sport 110TSI)
  • 169kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 230, RS 169TSI)
  • 180kW – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 245, RS 180TSI)

Torque:

  • 250Nm – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition Plus 103TSI, Elegance 103TSI, Ambition 103TSI)
  • 250Nm – 1.8 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Elegance 132TSI, Scout Premium 132TSI)
  • 320Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Elegance 110TDI, Scout 110TDI, Style 110TDI)
  • 350Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 162TSI)
  • 380Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (RS 135TDI)
  • 340Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo diesel (Scout Premium 135TDI, RS 135TDI)
  • 280Nm – 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (Ambition 110TSI, Ambition Plus 110TSI, Style 110TSI, 110TSI, Sport 110TSI)
  • 380Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 230, RS 169TSI)
  • 370Nm – 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbo petrol (RS 245, RS 180TSI

Transmission & drivetrains:

  • 6-speed Manual (Ambition Plus 103TSI, RS 162TSI, Ambition 103TSI, Scout 110TDI, Ambition 110TSI, Ambition Plus 110TSI, RS 230, 110TSI, RS 169TSI, RS 245)
  • 7-speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch (Ambition Plus 103TSI, Elegance 103TSI, Elegance 132TSI, Ambition 103TSI, Ambition 110TSI, Ambition Plus 110TSI, Style 110TSI, 110TSI, Sport 110TSI, RS 245, RS 180TSI)
  • 6-speed Sports Automatic Dual Clutch (Elegance 110TDI, RS 162TSI, RS 135TDI, Scout Premium 132TSI, Scout Premium 135TDI, Style 110TDI, RS 169TSI)

Fuel Consumption:

  • 4.7 – 7.1L / 100km

Length:

  • 4659 – 4689mm (5 door Liftback)
  • 4659 – 4689mm (5 door Wagon)

Width:

  • 1814mm (5 door Liftback)
  • 1814mm (5 door Wagon)

Height:

  • 1448 – 1461mm (5 door Liftback)
  • 1452 – 1531mm (5 door Wagon)

Kerb Weight:

  • 1,150 – 1,450kg

Warranty:

3 years/unlimited kms
5 years/unlimited kms (from January 2017)

Servicing:

15,000 km / 12 months

Model range, pricing and features

Skoda Octavia RS-1

Ambition 103TSI (2013-2015)

Price when new: $21,690 - $25,340

Price used: $4,600 - $12,900

Standard Features:

12V Socket(s) – Auxiliary
4 Speaker Stereo
ABS (Antilock Brakes)
Adjustable Steering Col. – Tilt & Reach
Air Conditioning
Air Conditioning – Pollen Filter
Airbag – Driver
Airbag – Knee Driver
Airbag – Passenger
Airbags – Head for 1st Row Seats (Front)
Airbags – Head for 2nd Row Seats
Airbags – Side for 1st Row Occupants (Front)
Audio – Aux Input Socket (MP3/CD/Cassette)
Audio – Aux Input USB Socket
Audio – MP3 Decoder
Bluetooth System
Bottle Holders – 1st Row
Bottle Holders – 2nd Row
Brake Emergency Display – Hazard/Stoplights
CD Player
Cargo Tie Down Hooks/Rings
Central Locking – Remote/Keyless
Chrome Door Handles – Interior
Control – Electronic Stability
Control – Traction
Courtesy Lamps – in Doors Front
Courtesy Lamps – in Doors Rear
Cup Holders – 1st Row
Daytime Running Lamps
Disc Brakes Front Ventilated
Disc Brakes Rear Solid
Door Pockets – 1st row (Front)
Door Pockets – 2nd row (rear)
EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution)
Electronic Differential Lock
Engine Immobiliser
Floor Mats
Fog Lamp/s – Rear
Fog Lamps – Front
Glovebox – Cooled
Headlamps – Electric Level Adjustment
Headrests – Adjustable 1st Row (Front)
Headrests – Adjustable 2nd Row x3
Hill Holder
Illuminated Vanity Mirror for Front Passenger
Leather Gear Knob
Leather Hand Brake Lever
Leather Steering Wheel
Map/Reading Lamps – for 1st Row
Map/Reading Lamps – for 2nd Row
Memory Card Reader
Multi-function Steering Wheel
Power Door Mirrors – Heated
Power Steering – Electric Assist
Power Windows – Front & Rear
Rear Wiper/Washer
Remote Boot/Hatch Release
Seat – Height Adjustable Driver
Seatback Pockets – 1st Row (Front) seats
Seatbelt – Adjustable Height 1st Row
Seatbelt – Load Limiters 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelt – Pretensioners 1st Row (Front)
Seatbelts – Lap/Sash for 5 seats
Seats – 2nd Row Split Fold
Spare Wheel – Full Size Steel
Storage Compartment – Centre Console 1st Row
Storage Compartment – In Cargo Area
Sunglass Holder
Sunvisor – Illuminated Vanity Mirror for Driver
Trim – Cloth
Trip Computer
Tyre Pressure Sensor

MY14 update:

Armrest – Rear Centre (Shared)
Cargo Blind – Rear
Roof Rails

MY15 update:

Multi-function Control Screen – Colour

 

Ambition 110TSI (2015-2017)

Price when new: $22,490 - $26,990

Price used: $7,600 - $17,300

In addition to Ambition 103TSI:

Brakes – Regenerative
Engine – Stop Start System (When at idle)

MY16 update:

17″ Alloy Wheels
8 Speaker Stereo
Armrest – Front Centre (Shared)
Brake Assist
Camera – Rear Vision
Cargo Mat
Collision Mitigation – Forward (High speed)
Collision Mitigation – Forward (Low speed)
Collision Warning – Forward
Control – Park Distance Rear
Cruise Control – Distance Control
Flip/Fold Out Key
Remote Fuel Lid Release
Smart Device App Display/Control
Smart Device Integration – Android Auto
Smart Device Integration – Apple CarPlay
Spare Wheel – Space Saver/Temporary
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Driver
Sunvisor – Vanity Mirror for Passenger

110TSI (2017-2020)

Price when new: $23,490 - $29,490

Price used: $11,300 - $26,900

In addition to Ambition 110TSI:

Air Cond. – Climate Control 2 Zone
Air Conditioning – Sensor for Humidity
Cargo Net
Chrome Grille Surround
Cup Holders – 2nd Row
Daytime Running Lamps – LED
Driver Attention Detection
Headlamps – Halogen
Rear View Mirror – Electric Anti Glare
Seat – Drivers Lumbar Adjustment Manual
Seat – Height Adjustable Passenger
Seat – Passenger Lumbar Adjustment Manual
Seat – Rear Opening for Skis/boot access
Spare Wheel – Steel Rim Only
Tail Lamps – LED
Umbrella Holder
Voice Recognition
Warning – Driver Fatigue
MY19 update
Mobile Phone – Holder

MY20 update:

Collision Mitigation – Reversing
Digital Instrument Display – Full
Headlamps – See me home
Headlamps Automatic (light sensitive)
Illuminated (puddle lamps) Door Mirrors
Parking Assist – Graphical Display
Power Door Mirrors – Anti Glare
Power Door Mirrors – Folding
Rain Sensor (Auto wipers)
Power – Boot/Tailgate

Ambition Plus 103TSI (2013-2015)

Price when new: $24,490 - $28,440

Price used: $5,500 - $14,500

In addition to Ambition 103TSI:

Airbags – Side for 2nd Row Occupants (rear)
Cruise Control

Ambition Plus 110TSI (2015-2016)

Price when new: $25,590 - $29,390

Price used: $9,100 - $16,700

Same equipment as Ambition Plus 103TSI

Sport 110TSI (2017-2020)

Price when new: $29,990 - $34,390

Price used: $14,700 - $31,100

In addition to 110TSI:

18″ Alloy Wheels
Coloured Door Mirrors
Headlamp Washers
Headlamps – Active (Cornering/steering)
Headlamps – LED
Rear Windows – Extra Dark/Privacy
Spoiler – Rear
Sports Seats – 1st Row (Front)
Suspension – Lowered
Suspension – Sports

MY18 update:

Spoiler – Rear Roof Mounted

MY19 update:

Diffuser – Rear
Grille – Black
Headlining – Colour
Spoiler – Front

Elegance 103TSI (2013-2015)

Price when new: $32,190 - $33,990

Price used: $7,900 - $17,400

In addition to Ambition Plus 103TSI:

Ambient Lighting – Interior
Control – Park Distance Front
Fog Lamps – Active (Cornering/steering)
GPS (Satellite Navigation)
Inbuilt Flash Drive
Leather Seats – Partial
Storage Compartment – Under Passenger Seat

Scout 110TDI (2014-2017)

Price when new: $32,990 - $33,290

Price used: $10,200 - $21,100

In addition to Ambition Plus 103TSI:

Body Colour – Door Handles
Body Colour – Exterior Mirrors Partial
Body Side Mouldings
Flares
Headrests – Adjustable 3rd Row x3
Power Steering – Speed Sensitive
Tyre Pressure Monitoring – with logging/display

MY16 update:

Headlamps – Bi-Xenon (for low & high beam)
Independent Rear Suspension
Interior – Badging/ Logo

Style 110TSI (2015-2017)

Price when new: $33,590 - $35,490

Price used: $12,500 - $22,500

In addition Scout 110TDI:

Chrome Window Surrounds – Exterior

MY16 update:

Steering Wheel – Sports

Elegance 132TSI (2013-2015)

Price when new: $34,690 - $36,490

Price used: $8,800 - $18,600

Same as Style 110TSI

Elegance 110TDI (2013-2015)

Price when new: $35,490 - $37,290

Price used: $9,000 - $19,000

Same as Style 110TSI

RS 162TSI (2013-2017)

Price when new: $36,490 - $41,890

Price used: $9,300 - $26,900

In addition to Elegance:

Audio – Input for iPod
Calipers – Painted Front
Calipers – Painted Rear
Chrome Exhaust Tip(s)
Exhaust System – Dual
Headrests – Active 1st Row (Front)
Pedals – Sports

MY14 update:

Cargo Cover
Gear Shift Paddles behind Steering Wheel

MY15 update:

Driving Mode – Selectable

Style 110TDI (2015-2017)

Price when new: $36,690 - $38,590

Price used: $13,700 - $24,600

Same equipment as RS 162TSI

Scout Premium 132TSI (2014-2017)

Price when new: $38,590 - $38,990

Price used: $12,200 - $24,800

In addition to RS 162TSI:

Heated Seats – 1st Row
Power Boot Closing Aid
Suede Look – Seats Partial

MY16 update:

Colour Display Screen – Front

RS 169TSI (2017-2018)

Price when new: $38,890 - $42,890

Price used: $19,200 - $30,500

In addition RS 162TSI:

Fog Lamps – Front LED
Power Steering – Variable Ratio (more lock faster)
Scuff Plates – Embossed or personalised

MY18.5 update

Wireless Charging – Compatible Devices

RS 135TDI (2013-2018)

Price when new: $39,790 - $43,990

Price used: $10,300 - $31,200

Same equipment as RS 162TSI

RS 180TSI (2018-2019)

Price when new: $39,990 - $41,490

Price used: $24,000 - $34,200

Same equipment as RS 162TSI

Scout Premium 135TDI (2014-2016)

Price when new: $41,390

Price used: $13,100 - $23,300

Scout Premium 132TSI

RS 230 (2016-2017)

Price when new: $41,490 - $43,190

Price used: $19,400 - $28,800

In addition RS 135TDI:

19″ Alloy Wheels
Electric Seat – Drivers with Memory
Electric Seat – Passenger
Power Door Mirrors – with Memory

RS 230 (2017-2020)

Price when new: $43,390 - $49,090

Price used: $23,400 - $43,600

In addition RS 230:

Diff lock(s)
Sports Exhaust

MY19 update:

10 Speaker Stereo
Alarm
Central Locking – Key Proximity
Control – Electronic Damper
DVD Player
Keyless Start:- Key/FOB Proximity related
Parking Assistance – Automated Steering
Premium Sound System
Starter Button

Deciding whether to take the plunge really hinges on your circumstances.

If you’re proficient with a spanner and maybe blessed with a mechanic best friend, and you’re willing to contend with potential lingering issues because the car’s charisma and uniqueness overshadow the hassle, and if you’ve reached a life stage where practicality and safety matter, yet your inner driving enthusiast remains alive and kicking, then, without a doubt, yes, go ahead and buy one.

But, even then, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research. Choose the right Octavia model, and set aside around $10,000. In the best-case scenario, allocate this sum for modifications enhancing the car’s performance however, in a less fortunate scenario, be prepared to use those funds for repairs.

However, if you lack the luxury of easily accessing an extra $10,000, and the prospect of tinkering and constantly maintaining a vehicle appears nightmarish, regrettably, the answer is no.

The allure of a used Octavia RS is undeniable, making it a strong contender for a solo parking spot. Yet, it’s a vehicle suited for genuine and authentic motoring aficionados – individuals who derive as much pleasure from maintaining their cherished ride as they do from driving it.

Deciding whether to take the plunge really hinges on your circumstances.

If you’re proficient with a spanner and maybe blessed with a mechanic best friend, and you’re willing to contend with potential lingering issues because the car’s charisma and uniqueness overshadow the hassle, and if you’ve reached a life stage where practicality and safety matter, yet your inner driving enthusiast remains alive and kicking, then, without a doubt, yes, go ahead and buy one.

But, even then, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research. Choose the right Octavia model, and set aside around $10,000. In the best-case scenario, allocate this sum for modifications enhancing the car’s performance however, in a less fortunate scenario, be prepared to use those funds for repairs.

However, if you lack the luxury of easily accessing an extra $10,000, and the prospect of tinkering and constantly maintaining a vehicle appears nightmarish, regrettably, the answer is no.

The allure of a used Octavia RS is undeniable, making it a strong contender for a solo parking spot. Yet, it’s a vehicle suited for genuine and authentic motoring aficionados – individuals who derive as much pleasure from maintaining their cherished ride as they do from driving it.

Deciding whether to take the plunge really hinges on your circumstances.

If you’re proficient with a spanner and maybe blessed with a mechanic best friend, and you’re willing to contend with potential lingering issues because the car’s charisma and uniqueness overshadow the hassle, and if you’ve reached a life stage where practicality and safety matter, yet your inner driving enthusiast remains alive and kicking, then, without a doubt, yes, go ahead and buy one.

But, even then, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research. Choose the right Octavia model, and set aside around $10,000. In the best-case scenario, allocate this sum for modifications enhancing the car’s performance however, in a less fortunate scenario, be prepared to use those funds for repairs.

However, if you lack the luxury of easily accessing an extra $10,000, and the prospect of tinkering and constantly maintaining a vehicle appears nightmarish, regrettably, the answer is no.

The allure of a used Octavia RS is undeniable, making it a strong contender for a solo parking spot. Yet, it’s a vehicle suited for genuine and authentic motoring aficionados – individuals who derive as much pleasure from maintaining their cherished ride as they do from driving it.

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Information correct as of August 24, 2023

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