Tim Robson road tests and reviews the 2016 Skoda Octavia RS 162TSI Wagon with specs, fuel consumption and verdict.

The market for warmed-over wagons isn't a big one in Australia – and it's a bit hard to understand why. Adding a bit more sheetmetal and a larger tailgate doesn't automatically render a car unattractive or slower, after all.

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There are a few big-ticket load-lugging weapons on sale today – Audi's ferocious RS6, for example, and Mercedes-AMG's C63 – but besides the new Subaru Levorg and the Holden Commodore SS, we can think of only one other at the more realistic end of the price spectrum – the Skoda Octavia RS.

Sitting in the mid-size segment, the blood relative of the Octavia RS sedan - and cousin to the VW Golf GTI - offers a lot of car for the money, not just on specs, but in real world terms.