Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Ticks in Every Department

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Ticks in Every Department

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Byline: DARREN BURNETT

FOR those unfamiliar with the name Skoda, let me assure you that it is not a character from Star Wars, but a very classy car produced within the Volkswagen Group.

While Skodas were last sold in Australia in 1983, the brand returned here in October 2007 with the Octavia and the (subtly named) Super.

Skoda became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group in 2000 and its products are of the same impeccable quality as any of the VWs.

The 2010 Octavis RS turbo is a class act, inside and out.

While its exterior is sleek and stylish, it's only when you get inside and head out the road that you can see why this machine is worth every penny of its asking price of $49,985.

Comfort

While I enjoyed the host of high-tech features and creature comforts, my favourite is probably the amazingly comfortable seating. The Skoda's front seats, in particular, are beyond brilliant. The leather front bucket seats mould to your back like they were made to order.

I've driven much more expensive cars than the Skoda but I've yet to find a more comfortable seat. Seriously, you almost want to pluck these bad boys out and park them in your lounge room.

I also loved the steering wheel controls which allow you to adjust your music with your left thumb (including skipping through CD tracks or radio stations and increasing and decreasing volume) and adjust your dash display with your right thumb (including trip computer, speed display and litres per 100km you're using at any time).

Cruise control is just a thumb click away too and is the most user-friendly I've encountered. The kids fell in love with the easily navigated (and fun) touch-screen centre dash display which is packed with features, including sat nav.

On the road

The Skoda ticks every box you for on-road performance.

The cabin noise is almost non-existent, it eats up curvy road like a formula one car (thanks to 18-inch wheels and sports suspension) and the 2. …

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