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Skoda Kamiq, Karoq and Octavia supply improving for Australia


Improved supply situation in Australia for three important Skoda models as the shortages and delays from European production begin to wane

Skoda today announced the return to “normal supply” for its Octavia midsize sedan and wagon, a “vastly improved stock situation” for its Kamiq and Karoq small SUVs.

Bolstered numbers of three of Skoda’s mainstay models are arriving in Australian dealerships now, the brand says.

Skoda has announced improved stock for its Octavia, Kamiq and Karoq vehicles

The Skoda Octavia, winner of the 2022 Chasing Cars – Car of the Year award, appears to have fared best in the supply improvement, with a general return to good stock across the range – including the desirable RS performance models.

Benefits will also flow to buyers of the Kamiq and Karoq small SUVs. While Skoda has not yet declared ‘situation normal’ for stock levels of the crossovers, it is confident in renewed supply for the name plates.

Meanwhile, the popular Kodiaq seven-seater SUV continues to be in reasonable supply, though there can be patchy availability of some colours and option packs. However, build-to-order delivery times have now reduced to about three months, the brand says.

The seven-seat Kodiaq remains in good supply

The Superb large sedan and wagon is also in good stock across its two turbo-petrol engines.

Skoda spec levels are not yet entirely normal. Ongoing semiconductor shortages mean that some previously-standard features for the trio of models remain optional – though these options are indeed fitted to many of the units arriving in Australia now.

Tech and luxury packs are optional but are fitted to most newly-arriving units, while Skoda’s Side Assist tech – being blind spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert – remains more difficult to come by. A spokesperson for Skoda said the brand is working hard to restore this tech to standard equipment lists.

Skoda Karoq Style 110TSI 2022 rear 3/4
Stock of the Karoq has also improved

The Octavia is priced at $40,990 driveaway for the 110kW/250Nm, 1.4-litre turbocharged Style model and $55,990 driveaway for the 180kW/370Nm 2.0-litre turbo RS, with the more popular wagon body attracting a $1500 premium. All are front-wheel drive (FWD).

Skoda offers three grades of Kamiq small SUV, with the entry-level Style featuring a 85kW/200Nm 1.0-litre turbo three-cylinder petrol engine with FWD and a starting price of $37,990 driveaway.

The range then moves on to the $42,490 Monte Carlo and $43,490 Signature, which are powered by a 110kW/250Nm 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder engine.

Skoda Octavia RS and Style 2022
The Octavia previously took out our Car of the Year award

Meanwhile, the Karoq offers a more distinct choice of a front-drive 1.4-litre turbo 110kW/250Nm Style grade ($43,990 driveaway), or a 140kW/320Nm 2.0-litre turbo AWD Sportline model priced at $50,990.

Across a supply-constrained 2022, Skoda delivered 1633 examples of the Kamiq, 979 Karoqs and 963 Octavias. Meanwhile, the largest Skoda, the Kodiaq, moved 1555 units.