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Skoda has increased pricing on its Octavia mid-sizer range by between $500 and $1500 as part of a model year update.
The price rise is accompanied by the addition of new features as standard on certain variants.
This is the second price increase for the fourth-generation Octavia that only went on sale in April this year.
The 110TSI Style remains at $36,990 for the sedan and $38,490 for the wagon. There’s also no price increase for the 140TSI Limited Edition which stays at $48,490 in sedan guise and $49,990 for the wagon.
The spicy Octavia RS has gone up by $500 and is now priced at $51,990 drive-away for the sedan and $53,490 for the wagon.
Skoda Australia has only provided drive-away pricing for the updated Octavia range, rather than recommended retail pricing. When the Octavia launched earlier this year, it was priced from $30,390 to $49,090 before on-road costs.
The extra equipment includes an upgrade from central locking to keyless entry with an anti-theft alarm for the Ambition, and mechanical roller sun blinds as standard on all sedan grades.
Ambition and RS grades also gain hands-free ‘kick-motion’ operation for the electric tailgate.
The new drive-away pricing is still competitive when compared to the Octavia’s dwindling number of rivals in the sub-$60,000 medium passenger car segment.
Sitting a segment under the Octavia is its mechanical twin, the Volkswagen Golf hatch and wagon, which starts at $29,550 before on-road costs for the manual Golf hatch and tops out at $53,300 for the GTI.
Pricing has also risen for the Skoda Scala hatchback by $1000 for all but one variant. The Scala 110TSI Ambition now starts at $28,990 drive-away and it tops out at $35,990 for the 110TSI Monte Carlo. It gains a full lane keeping aid system instead of lane assist.
Other Skoda models increased in price not long after going on sale, like the Karoq medium SUV started from $29,990 before on-road costs when it launched in 2018. That was for the base manual which has since been dropped. The base auto was $32,290.
Now the entry Karoq is no longer available in manual and it starts at $34,590 (BOC) or $38,990 drive-away.
Similarly, the Kamiq small SUV went on sale from $26,990 (BOC) for the manual 85TSI base variant, but all 85TSI grades have been dropped and the range now starts at $32,390 (BOC) for the 110TSI Style manual.
The Octavia was Skoda’s top seller in Australia for many years, but it’s now running fourth behind the Czech brand’s three recently introduced SUVs.
The Kamiq is now the most popular Skoda with 1783 sales so far this year, an impressive result given it only went on sale in February.
This is followed by the Kodiaq large seven-seat on 1568 units, then the Karoq medium SUV on 1323, while the Octavia has found 1042 homes so far this year.
|110TSI Ambition sedan||Automatic||$34,490 (+$1500)|
|110TSI Ambition wagon||Automatic||$35,990 (+$1500)|
|110TSI Style sedan||Automatic||$36,990|
|110TSI Style wagon||Automatic||$38,490|
|140TSI Limited Edition sedan||Automatic||$48,490|
|140TSI Limited Edition wagon||Automatic||$49,990|
|RS sedan||Automatic||$51,990 (+$500)|
|RS wagon||Automatic||$53,490 (+$500)|