Street Check Assessment: Skoda Octavia RS IV and Very good Sportline IV


  • Skoda Octavia RS IV and Very good Sportline IV
  • Base Value: $72,990 and $79,990 (Octavia RS iV and Very good Sportline iV respectively) (RightCar Estimated Clear Automobile Reductions: $5750 every)
  • Powertrain and Financial system: 1.4-litre turbo-petrol inline-four, 180kW/400Nm, 6-speed automated, FWD, mixed economic system 1.6L/100km, CO2 37g/km (supply: Rightcar). (Octavia RS IV)
  • 1.4-litre turbo-petrol inline-four, 160kW/400Nm, 6-speed automated, FWD, mixed economic system 1.6L/100km, CO2 36g/km (supply: Rightcar). (Improbable Sportline IV)
  • Essential Stats: 4689 mm lengthy, 1994 mm vast, 1473 mm excessive, 2680 mm wheelbase, baggage capability 490 litres, 18-inch alloy wheels. (Octavia RS IV)
  • 4862 mm lengthy, 2031 mm vast, 1477 mm excessive, 2841 mm wheelbase, baggage capability 510 litres, 19-inch alloy wheels.
  • Safety: 5 Stars (Octavia, Supply: ANCAP. Sensible Not Examined)
  • We like: The brand new inside, the Octavia’s smaller dimension, makes use of police superbs so folks really drive proper round you, plug-in wagons are simply cool
  • We do not like: The luxurious inside feels outdated by comparability, but the Octavia is paying a hefty premium for the PHEV expertise

The ability couple of Skoda’s plug-in hybrid is right here within the type of Octavia RS IV and Very good Sportline IV. Each use the identical powertrain however are geared toward completely different segments of the market, and each are fairly costly even considering the $5.5k low cost.


The Octavia no longer has split headlights, but has an additional plug.

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The Octavia not has cut up headlights, however has a further plug.

The Octavia RS iV, beginning with the smaller of the 2, appears just like its petrol-fed twin, which was up to date final yr. Which means angular matrix LED headlights, 18-inch alloys and a sculpted bonnet, and a further cost flap simply above the front-right wheel.

Learn extra:
* Plugs into Skoda Octavia RS
* First Drive Assessment: Skoda Very good IV
* Street Check Assessment: Volkswagen Golf GTI vs Skoda Octavia RS

The Very good Sportline IV does not look all that completely different from the Octavia aside from being usually bigger.

Superb looks a little older than Octavia as it is about four years old.

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Very good appears just a little older than Octavia as it’s about 4 years outdated.

The entrance finish is extra refined, the decrease fascia uninterrupted by Octavia-like streaks, and the back lights are extra of a ‘C’ form than these of the smaller wagon.

That is primarily as a result of the Octavia entered its fourth era in 2019, whereas the Very good was solely facelifted in the identical yr, which suggests it nonetheless carries the majority of the styling cues launched in 2015 .


The Octavia's interior has been greatly improved.

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The Octavia’s inside has been significantly improved.

Skoda ticks a number of containers for the Octavia RS by default, so it has issues like entrance and rear parking sensors, a heated sports activities steering wheel, RS-spec sports activities seats and 18-inch alloys as customary.

In reality, the one non-compulsory additional listed is the ‘RS Plus Pack’, which swaps out the seats for “Break up Leather-based Ergonomic Consolation Seats”, a heads-up show, heated rear seats, triple-zone air-conditioning and black -Provides polished exhaust tip, adaptive suspension, and completely different wheels.

The Very good Sportline is essentially comparable, receiving a sports activities steering wheel with shifter pedals, rear heated seats, a bigger touchscreen and a Canton ten-speaker sound system as customary in comparison with the decrease styling.

Extra noticeable between the 2 is the Octavia will get Skoda’s minimalist new inside, which incorporates a stubby gear selector, redesigned touchscreen, touch-sensitive controls for quantity and a redesigned dashboard.

Not that the Superb's cabin is bad.  It's just different.

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Not that the Very good’s cabin is dangerous. It is simply completely different.

In the meantime, the Very good retains the lengthy shifter, bodily AC controls and the outdated infotainment display screen with its touch-based controls on the left, together with quantity controls, that are annoying. I hate touch-button quantity controls, it is inconceivable to get used to them quick sufficient in case you’re a traveler. Simply put a knob in there or use a slider like Octavia.

The Very good can also be massive, with an acre of area within the rear for each passengers and cargo. However the smaller Octavia does not actually really feel missing in storage both.

beneath the bonnet

Both cars use the same plug-in hybrid powertrain, but the RS badge means the Octavia is more powerful.

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Each automobiles use the identical plug-in hybrid powertrain, however the RS badge means the Octavia is extra highly effective.

Each these automobiles use the identical powerplant, a 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbo 4 mated to an 85kW/330 electrical motor and a 13kWh battery. This implies they provide very comparable efficiency, though the Octavia’s RS badge means it pushes 20kW greater than the Very good, up from 180kW for 160kW mixed. Torque stays the identical at 400Nm, protecting each the wagons off the road.

Skoda says the Very good can drive barely longer between prices, as much as 62km in comparison with 60km, however I did not discover a lot distinction on each day drives. Each can deal with each day commutes and a few solely on electrical energy, and can cost absolutely in a single day.

And if you want to go into ICE mode for lengthy distance driving, even exhibiting the electrical motor with no vary helps hold gas consumption down. Relying in your commute, the figures within the excessive fives should not be troublesome to recreate for any automobile.

On th eway

You can add adaptive suspension to the Octavia, but it goes well without it.

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You may add adaptive suspension to the Octavia, nevertheless it goes effectively with out it.

Whereas this RS did not have the non-compulsory adaptive suspension, the usual springs took to our roads simply in addition to the petrol model. It isn’t overly agency, nor does it budge within the slightest. Variable ratio steering can also be nice, as is torque vectoring by the brakes on the entrance finish, useful in case you’re notably excited on the best way to the Bach.

It is also snug, and quiet, aided by the truth that the RS badge does not actually imply rally sport, it is extra indicative of a minor efficiency bump than something actually athletic. Although nonetheless robust, the torque from the motor properly compensates for the shortcomings of the smaller petrol engine.

In the meantime, the Very good does not fairly go as much as the RS’s degree, leaning extra towards plush than energy. The suspension is a bit mushy in comparison with the Octavia, and the consolation seats are actually snug. You do not even actually discover the 20kW discount.

NZ Police are at the moment evaluating the Very good iV for suburban duties, and already use the Petrol Very good for many different issues, so that you get the additional benefit of going 110 km/h for a second on the motorway. The sport even will get once they see you of their mirror. Had the identical impact because the outdated Commodore.

Superb swaps power for comfort.

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Very good swaps energy for consolation.


The largest level of distinction between the Very good and the Octavia, the RS and the Sportline, is dimension. In case you want a extra spacious wagon, you will need the Very good, however in case you’re okay with one thing smaller and newer, the Octavia is the higher match for you. Personally, I would go for Octavia.

However extra importantly, they’re the one two PHEV station wagons in New Zealand for the time being, and one among only some wagons left available on the market. The true hurdle could be convincing folks to purchase an SUV.

If that purchase worth is a priority, contemplate the truth that the Octavia asks a couple of $9k premium over the Petrol RS (together with reductions), however the Very good Sportline IV is definitely the Sportline TSI (together with the $1265 charge for) cheaper than. ice). Nevertheless, the petrol Sportline will get a 206kW 2.0-litre engine and four-wheel drive. If Skoda used that engine with PHEV bits, nice…


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