AT A GLANCE

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - First Drive -

SKODA OC­TAVIA RS230 PRICE $41,990 plus on­roads (wagon $43,190) WAR­RANTY 3 years/un­lim­ited km SER­VIC­ING $1197for 3 years SER­VICE INTERVAL 12 months/15,000km SAFETY 9 airbags, 5 stars EN­GINE 2.0-litre 4-cyl turbo, 169kW/350Nm TRANS­MIS­SION 6-speed man; FWD THIRST 6.3L/100km DI­MEN­SIONS 4685mm (L), 1814mm (W), 1449mm (H), 2680mm (WB) WEIGHT From 1391kg SPARE Tem­po­rary easy to live with, even though a man­ual might not be ev­ery citys­licker’s cup of tea.

VW’s GTI is a fairly com­mon sight. Here’s some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent for per­for­mance fans to park in the drive­way.

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