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Skoda Octavia TDi touring 2008 review

Skoda challenges Audi, BMW and Mercedes with the new Skoda range at a competitive price.

There might well be a great deal of laughter when I suggest Skoda has thrown down a challenge to the likes of BMW, Mercedes and Audi. They should fear a little the return of Skoda to Australian shores.

Certainly, Skoda earned a second-rate reputation when it was last here in the 1980s, but times have changed with this brand as it begins to make a new mark Down Under. Skoda offers what those prestige brands cannot - high standard at a competitive price.

Luxury at a reduced rate, that's a key to Skoda's success.

And the oil-burning Octavia wagon ought be smack bang at the top of the-cars-to-consider list for those with a budget in mind but a big appetite for features. First, the two-litre turbodiesel, four-cylinder engine - which produces 103kW of power and 320Nm of torque - uses just 6.4 litres of diesel every 100km.

It does sound a little agricultural, but there's plenty to like about the seat-slinging kick of this engine and its want to just keep on pulling. The automatic DSG gearbox - my favourite transmission, supplied from Volkswagen - is proof that the parent company has not brushed aside the Czech-based carmaker.

While I cringe at the cheap looking Pontiac-like grilles and front ends of the Skoda, this wagon, overall, does not look too bad.

The Octavia TDi touring, at $37,790, is a solid and honest wagon, with ample Euro flare and enough class that it is worthy of being a ‘budget' buy for those wanting to keep up with the Joneses.

While it is no BMW, Mercedes or Audi, and for some it won't compare with the French and Italian offerings in the segment, Skoda Octavia will have appeal based on price.

Would you consider buying a hybrid car to beat the oil price rises?

 

 

Pricing guides

$7,945
Based on third party pricing data
Lowest Price
$5,000
Highest Price
$10,890

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
Ambiente 1.9L, Diesel, 6 SP $5,200 – 8,030 2008 Skoda Octavia 2008 Ambiente Pricing and Specs
Elegance 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $5,600 – 8,690 2008 Skoda Octavia 2008 Elegance Pricing and Specs
RS 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP MAN $6,300 – 9,790 2008 Skoda Octavia 2008 RS Pricing and Specs
RS TDI 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP $6,700 – 10,450 2008 Skoda Octavia 2008 RS TDI Pricing and Specs
Pricing Guide

$6,700

Lowest price, based on third party pricing data

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