Skoda launches Octavia Combi RS and Kodiaq RS in Singapore

Lionel Kong
2022 Skoda Octavia Combi RS and Kodiaq RS in Kuantan, Malaysia

High performance estate version of the Octavia arrives together with a high performance seven-seater SUV, both powered by the VW Group’s legendary EA888 turbo engine


Two reasonably niche but very welcome cars have just arrived in Singapore. Making good on the promise that was made during the launch of the Octavia RS earlier this year, Skoda Singapore has now officially begun sale of the Octavia Combi RS here. It is being launched alongside another interesting car, the facelifted Skoda Kodiaq seven-seat SUV, now available in Singapore in RS form as well. It is the first time in history that an RS performance version of the Kodiaq is officially available here.

Priced at S$226,900 with COE, the Octavia Combi RS is essentially the go-faster version of the Octavia Combi, and is mechanically identical to the liftback Octavia RS. 

2022 Skoda Octavis Combi RS Singapore

The Kodiaq RS meanwhile, kicks off with a price tag of S$285,900 with COE. On paper, it’s a remarkably capable piece of machinery with a 245 horsepower, 2.0-litre turbo four cylinder engine, seven seats, and genuine off-road 4X4 capability. 

2022 Skoda Kodiaq RS Singapore

Meanwhile the base model Kodiaq facelift, with a 1.5-litre, 147hp turbo petrol engine, is priced from S$199,900 with COE. The Kodiaq Sportline with uprated standard equipment goes for S$215,900 with COE, and the top-spec Laurin & Klement trim variant, with a 2.0-litre, 188hp turbo engine, has a S$245,900 with COE price tag.

Other seven-seat SUVs that you can presently buy in Singapore include the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento. Ascending the luxury car ladder you would find the Mercedes-Benz GLB 200, Volvo XC90 PHEV, and even the Audi SQ7. The Skoda Kodiaq RS however, is quite special for this class because of its combination of sporty handling, power, size, and price.

2022 Skoda Kodiaq
The 2022 updated base model Skoda Kodiaq

Skoda Kodiaq RS: First Impressions

2022 Skoda Kodiaq RS Singapore

First thing to get out of the way is that the Kodiaq RS is a quick and reasonably nimble large SUV, but it’s not an all-out sports SUV that something like a Porsche Cayenne Coupe is. 

2022 Skoda Kodiaq RS engine Singapore

The engine is identical to that in the Octavia RS and the extended family member, the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Basic numbers are 245hp, 370Nm, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and adaptive all-wheel drive with a dedicated off road setting. The 0 to 100km/h dash is accomplished in 6.6 seconds, and fuel economy is rated at 7.5l/100km.

2022 Skoda Kodiaq RS cabin Singapore

We were given an in-depth, pre-launch preview of the car with a two-day drive from Singapore to Kuantan on Malaysia’s east coast, and its performance credentials are very much on-point. It’s a very stable car at high speed. The boxy shape hides the fact that it is a very aerodynamically efficient car, with very little wind noise even while it is ripping down back roads at full chat. 

The adaptive suspension really gives the car a properly planted stance through all sorts of corners, though the sports exhaust resonator is probably best turned off. The raspy, bassy drone may be fun in short bursts but soon becomes a mild annoyance.

2022 Skoda Kodiaq RS Singapore

Like most other large SUVs, seven-seat capability comes with a foldable third row of seats that open up from the boot floor. Legroom is managed with a sliding second row. It’s a reasonably big car so getting seated comfortably isn’t as big of a deal as in a smaller car, but there are no aircon vents in the third row.

2022 Skoda Kodiaq RS Singapore

It’s undeniably quick in a straight line and carves lines through corners with good precision, and despite its size and having ‘only’ 245 horsepower, which isn’t much by 2022 performance SUV standards, it punches pretty hard. 

2022 Skoda Kodiaq RS wheel Singapore

The exterior gets plenty of now-trending black bits, noticeably around the window frames and front intake grille, which is also of a different design from the 2021 Kodiaq because this is actually a mid-life model facelift. The wheels feature unique covers between the spokes for better aerodynamic efficiency. While the car has all the drivetrain setup that makes it quite a capable offroader, the low profile road tyres and fancy wheels will put an end to that idea until you switch them out.

To Page 2: First impressions of the Skoda Octavia Combi RS

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Lionel Kong

An old hand from the bad old days of crazy COEs, the straight-shooting, ex-CarBuyer editor is back in the four-wheeled world. Rumours that he went to another country to start a Judas Priest tribute band are unfounded.

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