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Skoda Octavia Ambition Plus Sedan (2014)
The Ambition Plus sits mid range in Skoda’s new seven-strong Octavia line-up, an offering of sedan and wagon variants that share three of the Volkswagen group’s latest engines and MQB modular platform, as used in the latest generation Golf (VII) and Audi A3.
No surprise, then, that our 103TSI test car drove so capably, handling with poise and reassurance and responding enthusiastically when questions were asked of its 1.4-litre, turbo-petrol engine.
No surprise, either, that the interior is accommodating and boot spacious (568 litres), given that what was already a family-friendly, mid-sized vehicle is now even more so, thanks to a longer wheelbase and savvy design.
Fuel consumption around town is a claimed 6.3 litres/100km, though we averaged 9.0 driving conservatively.
This, a temporary use, 16” steel spare wheel and Skoda’s dealer network – which is not as extensive as many rivals – are about the only shortcomings.
With its all-round driving capability, practicality and comprehensive equipment inventory, the Ambition Plus puts up a convincing sales pitch.
That it costs less than $25,000 (with standard six-speed manual) is the sweetener. For a further $2300, there’s the option of a seven-speed DSG and/or, if you would like more cargo space (588 litres) and versatility, a wagon is available for an extra $1350.
Space, equipment, driveability, capped price servicing
No full-size spare, thirstier than claimed, comparatively limited dealer network
AW17, AC, CC, multi-function computer, bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB, auxiliary input, MP3 and CD connectivity, SD card slot, powered/heated exterior mirrors, remote central locking
DFSCA, DKA, ABS, ESC, TC, EBD, hill hold assist, rear PS, electronic differential lock, anti-slip regulation
||Octavia Ambition Plus Sedan
||Medium Under $50,000
|Price when new
||$26,790 (with DSG)
|Current price range
$ - $
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||1.4-litre, turbo-petrol, 4-cyl
||103kW @ 5000rpm
||250Nm @ 1500-3500rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||8.4 seconds (claimed)
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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.