Skoda launches Octavia Combi RS and Kodiaq RS in Singapore

Lionel Kong

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Skoda Octavia Combi RS: First Impressions

2022 Skoda Octavis Combi RS Singapore

This car is exactly what you would expect it to be, essentially the sporty, more powerful version of the Octavia Combi. It’s not just a more powerful engine though, as like in the Octavia RS liftback, the entire suspension and drivetrain has been uprated for a sportier drive. 

The overall driving impression is very similar to the Octavia RS liftback, but the wagon actually has better aerodynamic efficiency which can actually be discerned, with slightly less wind noise at Malaysian highway speeds. On the slower Singaporean roads however it’s hard to hear it.

The long-serving Volkswagen Group’s 2.0-litre turbo engine turns up no surprises and is as punchy as ever, though with cars like the Renault Megane RS already putting out 280hp from a 1.8-litre turbo four cylinder, one wonders if Skoda and VW do need to turn it up a bit more.

2022 Skoda Octavis Combi RS Singapore

Interestingly, the Octavia Combi RS is a tiny bit slower to 100km/h compared to the Kodiaq RS, despite its size and weight advantage. Its official time is 6.7 seconds, just 0.1 seconds down from the larger SUV. It’s almost entirely down to the fact that the Octavia is front wheel driven while the Kodiaq RS has all-wheel drive that allows it to put the power down to the road more effectively. 

It’s a niche product and Skoda Singapore knows it. Yet as previous generations of Octavia RS cars have shown, there is a steady but small group of car owners that will put money down for a quick wagon that isn’t from a luxury continental brand, and the Skoda fills this niche nicely.

Perhaps the only big minus point is that none of the Skoda RS cars here have any kind of mild hybrid ability. We know from experience that current mild hybrid drivetrains really do next to nothing for real-world fuel economy, but it’s a step towards better efficiency as the systems evolve to feature more strongly alongside electric vehicles.

Before you go, watch this to see why we rate the Skoda Superb so highly

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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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