2023 Skoda Octavia RS review

I love wagons, but I fast wagons even more.

I very nearly bought a previous-gen Skoda Octavia RS Wagon a few years ago, but finding my ideal specification (a fully optioned RS 245 in Rallye Green) meant spending a lot more than Golf GTI money, hence why I ended up with the VW.

While they may look completely different, there’s a lot in common between Volkswagen’s hot hatchback and this Czech performance wagon, particularly under the skin.

In their current iterations, both the Octavia RS and Golf GTI ride on the Volkswagen Group’s MLB evo front-wheel drive architecture, running the EA888 2.0 TSI turbocharged petrol engine tuned to deliver 180kW of power and 370Nm of torque.

Both have electro-mechanical limited-slip differentials on the front axle to help get the power down, and both come as standard with a quick-shifting seven-speed DSG automatic transmission – in Australia, at least…

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