SKODA OC­TAVIA RS 162TSI

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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.

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