As seen in bmag Issue 278, Chris Nixon discusses the sold-out Isuzu MU-X and Octavia RS.

Isuzu MU-X – real world adventure

You’ll have to be quick if you want to get your hands on the Isuzu MU-X.

Sold out on first release last year, this family-sized SUV succeeds at blending serious off-road ability with family practicality.

Think a passenger car driving experience with a bulletproof 4WD drivetrain mated to a robust diesel engine!

The interior is durable and will cope with anything the family, travelling nomads or workmates can throw at it. There’s plenty of room for a big family or a big load with seats that fold.

Safety, fuel economy (8.2L/100km-4X2, 8.4L/100km-4X4) and a good looking exterior are part of the package plus five year/130,000km warranty as standard.

From $40,500 (4X2), $45,600 (4X4) plus on-roads.

Skoda RS in a market niche of its own

Skoda, the Volkswagen you have when you’re not having a Volkswagen, has introduced a new RS performance model that Volkswagen doesn’t have!

The Octavia RS fits the 162 kW Golf GTi hatchback engine into a full-size sedan or wagon.

It offers a 135kW diesel that is more powerful than any in a Volkswagen sedan or hatchback.

The result is a quality-built, highperformance family vehicle in a market niche of its own.

The Octavia RS drives superbly with grip to match its considerable grunt.

The interior and exterior styling might be quiet for those who expect a sports machine to stand out, but options including black-chrome wheels should fix that.

Standard equipment is generous and includes sports suspension, bigger brakes and wheels, sports seats and topshelf safety features.

Prices start from $36,490 plus on-roads.