SKODA OCTAVIA RS 162TSI
The $43,290 drive-away deal for the six-speed dual-clutch auto makes the Skoda more than $4000 cheaper than the Levorg. It costs just $1197 for three years’ servicing — with annual or 15,000km visits. Adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking are standard; the $1700 Tech Pack bundles lane-keeping assist, auto parking and upgraded infotainment display. The remarkable electronic diff keeps the front-drive Octavia tracking true — it doesn’t take much to spin the front tyres when the turbo spools up, though it is rarely accompanied by wheeltugging torque-steer. Stability control intervenes subtly. It isn’t as affected by mid-corner bumps as the Subaru but can lack traction in scrappy conditions. Tows 1600kg to the Levorg’s 1200kg.
VERDICT There’s precious little in it. The Levorg deals better with regular slippery roads. Most people will be happy with the Skoda’s greater interior space, lower purchase price and cheaper running costs.