TOUCHES OF GE­NIUS IN THE CABIN

The Advertiser - Motoring - - IN THE GARAGE -

IT pays to be sus­pi­cious of slo­gans. Most are just pretty words dreamt up by ad­ver­tis­ing types.

But as we move into our sec­ond month with our Skoda Oc­tavia, we’re be­gin­ning to think the brand’s “Sim­ply Clever” tagline is, well, sim­ple and clever.

Some se­ri­ous thought has gone into the pack­ag­ing of the car and clever touches are dot­ted through­out the cabin.

There’s the ticket holder on the wind­screen, the um­brella un­der the pas­sen­ger’s seat, the waste pa­per bin in the door pocket and the chilled, il­lu­mi­nated glove­box.

We thought the um­brella was a bit gim­micky un­til we for­got to bring ours to the golf course one wet Satur­day morn­ing — it saved our ba­con.

The at­ten­tion to de­tail con­tin­ues as you head fur­ther back in the cabin. Sec­ond row pas­sen­gers can be for­got­ten in some cars.

It’s the boot, though, that re­ally im­presses. There’s net­ting to stop the gro­ceries mov­ing about, a re­mov­able LED torch for hunt­ing around for things in the dark and dou­ble-sided mats that can be flipped from car­pet to water­proof rub­ber de­pend­ing on what’s re­quired.

The pick of the bunch, though, are the vel­cro-bot­tomed place hold­ers that can se­cure a case of beer in an empty load area — ge­nius.

The only thing that isn’t par­tic­u­larly clever or sim­ple is a fairly hefty list of op­tions on our test car.

The cur­rent pric­ing for an Oc­tavia wagon starts at $27,490 for the auto but you can quite quickly be driv­ing a circa-$40,000 ma­chine if you tick a few op­tions boxes.

Skoda says cus­tomers love op­tions packs, which are up to 40 per cent cheaper than or­der­ing items in­di­vid­u­ally.

Per­son­ally we’d skip the sun­roof and even the pres­tige paint (our metal­lic blue is nice but the car looks pretty good in white). We’d keep the auto tail­gate, though, as it’s handy when you’ve got your hands full with shop­ping.

As with the other clever touches in the cabin, you’ll be sur­prised how many times you use it.

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