More safety equipment and convenience features have been added to the bulk of Skoda’s lineup; here’s what has changed on every model and grade
Skoda Australia has bolstered the list of standard safety technology on its entire range amid improvements to parts supply.
The features in question are blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert, which have now been made standard across Skoda’s entire range, though individual models and grades have also been given some additional upgrades.
Although not always the case, Skoda’s decision to make these important features standard follows a trend seen in the wider Australian car industry to make all critical safety features available on the most affordable grades and models.
It comes after Skoda’s CEO told Chasing Cars that the brand had “homework” to do, in order to emphasise the value of its vehicles in Australia amid criticism of the brand following a series of vehicle price rises during the pandemic.
Skoda’s more sporty Kamiq Monte Carlo grade is priced at $43,490 driveaway, while the high-grade Signature starts at $44,990 drive-away.
Stepping up in size slightly, the Karoq midsize SUV also includes lane-keep assistance across the range at a cost of a $1500 increase. The entry-level Style is priced at $45,490 driveaway while the top-spec Sportline asks for or $52,490 driveaway.
A reduction of $200 has been applied to the cost of the Style’s Tech Pack and the Sportline’s Premium Pack, which both now start at $5700. A new leather pack is priced at $4700 for those who want to step up from the Karoq Style’s cloth trim.
Finally, Skoda’s largest SUV, the seven-seat Kodiaq, is priced from $56,490 driveaway in Style guise, while adding auto-dimming exterior mirrors and power child locks.
The mid-spec Sportline builds on this feature list and starts at $61,490 driveaway while the performance-focussed RS is $76,890 driveaway.
The latter also benefits from the inclusion of a new Canton premium audio system as standard, though this is still an option on the Style and Sportline, for an extra $3000 and $2900 respectively.
No changes have been made to the Fabia range, which soldiers on exclusively in the sporty Monte Carlo guise at a driveaway price of $38,990.
As a result of the new features plus a new power tailgate, Skoda has applied a $500 increase to the entry-level price of the Scala hatch, with the Signature grade now pitched at $42,490 driveaway.
The Octavia liftback now starts at or $42,490 driveaway in Style trim, while also benefiting from power child locks, a self-parking feature and auto-dimming side mirrors.
Skoda has also reduced the cost of the Tech and Luxury Packs on the Octavia Style, with a $2000 discount applied to the combined price of the pair that now comes in at $5200. However, the head-up display and adaptive dampers have been removed from the list of included pack features.
Those after the popular RS grade will have to front or $56,990 for the Octavia liftback body style and unlike the (more expensive) Kodiaq RS grade, the Canton premium stereo is not standard, but included within the $6600 premium pack.
Skoda buyers after a wagon will pay an extra $1500 on both the Style and RS grades.
Similar to the Fabia, the larger Superb continues on unchanged, with the liftback and wagon priced at $69,990 and $71,990 driveaway respectively, in the exclusive Sportline grade.
All figures listed below are the national driveaway prices.
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