Best Medium Car under $50,000

Skoda Octavia 103TSI Ambition Plus

So how do you achieve market success when your brand is not really well known? The answer is simple (or ‘Simply Clever’ in Skoda speak): build your vehicle to compete with the front-runners and make it thousands of dollars cheaper to buy.

The Octavia comes in both a wagon and a clever (there’s that word again) liftback/sedan, with both variants offering very favourable space and versatility for the class. The Ambition Plus (our winner) costs just over $30,000 and includes rear side airbags, cruise control, rear parking sensors, reversing camera, alloy wheels, and an eight-speaker infotainment system with Bluetooth and all the usual connectivity. Multi-collision braking (after-accident braking), tyre pressure monitoring are welcome standard features across the range, too.

On the road, the Volkswagen-sourced 103kW 1.4-litre petrol engine offers a lot of heart, especially when coupled to the seven-speed DSG, which really makes the most of the little engine’s abilities by selecting the right ratio every time.

Underpinned with Volkswagen design, the Octavia makes for a refreshing drive with a planted and confident feel under many different conditions. Even though premium unleaded fuel is required, fuel consumption of a claimed 5.2 litres/100km will have most owners smiling.

Indicative Drive Away Price: $30,021

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Criteria our of 10 – Skoda Octavia 103TSI Ambition Plus

Value for Money  Rating
Pricing  8H
Depreciation  9M
Running and Repair Costs  8M
Fuel Consumption  9H
Warranty and Dealer Access  3M
Insurance  6L
Standard Features  4H

Design and Function  Rating 
Safety   7C
Environment  9C
Seating Comfort  6M
Space  5M
Practicality  7M
Ergonomics  6H
Build and Finish  7H

On the Road  Rating
Performance  6M
Ride  6M
Handling  7H
Braking  7M
Smoothness and Quietness  6M

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.

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