Tim Robson road tests and reviews the 2016 Skoda Octavia RS 230 sedan and wagon at its Australian launch.

While it’s not quite at the stage of secret handshakes and initiation rituals quite yet, the cult of Skoda is definitely a growing trend.

The brand is a tiny part of the larger Volkswagen Group that quietly goes about making some really interesting cars that – unfortunately – don’t always grab the attention of the car buying public.

That’s quite all right with the people who do buy them, though.

In an increasingly cookie-cutter business, finding a car that suits a discerning taste but comes in at an affordable price is getting tough, but the Octavia RS is one such car. It offers a compelling blend of performance and practicality, underneath a badge that’s not seen in every car park.

Now, it’s possible to take that relative exclusivity and ramp it up a few notches, with the release of a very limited version of the Octavia RS.