Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with?
The Octavia RS 230 is a slightly tickled-up version of the RS, and just 70 examples will come to Australia. The company is trying to get more, but it looks like once this lot is gone, it’s gone.
It gets seven extra kilowatts (bumping it to 169kW), an electronic limited slip diff and revised exhaust along with a smattering of black trim pieces and larger 19-inch rims, and will be available in both sedan ($41,490 plus on-road costs) and wagon ($43,190) body styles.
This is almost exactly the same price as the six-speed manual RS, which already makes up between 10 and 20 per cent of Octavia RS sales.
The RS 230 comes with AEB and adaptive cruise control as standard, as well as Android Auto and Apple Car Play connectivity, auto lights and wipers, specially trimmed leather/fabric sports seats, a reversing camera, RS mode button and a flat-bottomed leather steering wheel.
There’s also a lap timer built into the instrument binnacle display.
The balance of the car is right on target for its RS badge.
Small door pocket garage bins and a luggage cover for the wagon are included, as well.
The content package of the RS 230 absorbs a handful of the optional packs offered by Skoda on the RS, including the $1700 Comfort Pack, the $500 Black Pack and the $500 19-inch rim option.
An optional $1700 Tech Pack nets keyless entry, lane departure assist, an auto parking assistant with front and rear sensors and a 10-speaker premium stereo.
There’s also the option of a glass sunroof at $1700, along with a $490 automatic tailgate for the wagon.