- Practical features
- Excellent value
- Low running costs
- Lacks driving fun
- Conservative interior
This is the second-generation Skoda Octavia Scout, replacing the first one that was on sale between 2007 and 2012.
Just like the first version it is only available in estate guise and not in the hatchaback bodystyle. The Scout features several modifications that marks it out from the standard Skoda Octavia estate and transforms it into a car capable of driving off-road.
To begin with Skoda’s engineers decided to raise the ride height by 33mm to 171mm overall, meaning that all-important ground clearance is increased.
The firm’s all-wheel drive system is installed too, which ensures you are unlikely to lose traction when it matters most, especially on steep slopes and muddy country lanes.
There are plenty of off-roading systems available on the Scout including the latest four wheel drive system that also uses an electronic stability control to ensure the wheels with the most grip get the most power.
In addition to the ground clearance and ride height, the Scout can be picked out from the rest of the range thanks to its plastic mouldings on the front and rear bumpers and wheel arches, there is also a Scout-specific bumper, two reflectors integrated into the rear right and left of the bumper and exclusive Scout badging inside and outside the car.
'Simply Clever' features
Like the rest of the Octavia family, the Scout features a host of practical solutions designed to make ownership easier.
The familiar ice scraper in the filler cap makes an appearance alongside the practical double-sided boot cover, retractable parcel shelf, smartphone holder and waste bins in the door pockets.
Accompanying these practical features is a 2000kg towing capacity, an improvement of 25 percent over the previous generation, as well as improved interior space offering more leg and headroom than before.
Even with its new size and improved performance, the new model is up to 29kg lighter than its predecessor that has helped contribute to a big improvement in the Scout’s CO2 emissions and fuel economy figures.
One engine only
The new Octavia Scout will be available from launch with one 2.0-litre diesel engine which will be available with two power outputs; 181bhp and 147bhp. No petrol option is expected to come to the UK.
In terms of standard kit, the new Scout comes very well equipped with Bluetooth, sat-nav, part leather seats, 17-inch alloy wheels and climate control among the highlights. The new model also features plenty of advanced safety features either as standard or as an option.
To find out more, read on for our full Skoda Octavia Scout review.
What owners say about this car
Good ground clearance, decent boot, 4x4 works in the background to give grip when needed. Read owner review