Looking for a medium to large size family hauler with a bit of punch but you want to stand out from the crowd? If it's got to be a wagon and your budget is tight, Ford & Holden are pretty much your only choices.
You could, however, go left of centre and opt for the Czech brand Skoda, the marque is the sister company of VW and Audi. You end up with a car with an excellent pedigree using VW/Audi running gear without having to pay a premium. The Skoda Octavia RS Sport Wagon will more than fit the bill of a family hauler and provide an entertaining drive to boot.
The 2009-2013 Octavia RS Sport Wagon comes in two variants; a two-litre in-line turbocharged four-cylinder petrol, making a 147kW @ 6000rpm and 280Nm peak torque available from 1800-5000rpm, or; a two-litre in-line turbocharged four-cylinder diesel, making a 125kW @ 4200rpm and 350Nm peak torque available from 1750-2500rpm.
Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed dual clutch unit with paddle shift or a six-speed manual transmission. The RS badge denotes Skoda's sports range, so you're in for some real fun as they come fitted with sports tuned suspension, upgraded brakes and the stonk of the turbocharged engines. Your Octavia RS Sport wagon will point and shoot, handle and stop and go with real authority.
Being that the Octavia RS Sport Wagon is still relatively recent, you're going be kitted out with all the mod cons you'd expect, like SAT NAV, leather interior, power everything and a raft of safety tech. Bargain!
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