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Skoda Octavia Scout boot space, practicality and safety

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Practicality rating: 4.6 out of 54.6

Written by Parkers Experts Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

  • Not specifically tested by Euro NCAP
  • Similar Octavia Estate gets five stars
  • Plenty of safety and assistance tech

Skoda Octavia Scout: how many Isofix points does it have?

Although this version of the Octavia hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, we expect Scout safety levels to be excellent as the estate and hatchback versions both achieved a full five-star rating.

In terms of safety systems the Scout hosts a wide variety of kit including nine airbags, an autonomous emergency braking, a driver fatigue sensor which will alert the driver if it thinks it’s time to have a break and a Crew Protect Assistant which will pre-tighten seat belts and close the rear windows and sunroof to stop objects entering the car in preparation for a collision.

Also available is city emergency braking which will stop the car automatically if the car is moving at speeds below 20mph and detects an object in front.

If travelling at a higher speed the Front Assist function will alert you if you are too close the car in front, while optional adaptive cruise control will keep a safe distance from the car in front, and Lane Keep assist will keep you within the lines of the lane you’re driving in.

  • Hugely practical interior
  • Big boot and lots of space
  • Lots of sensible storage solutions

Skoda Octavia Scout: will my family fit?

The Skoda Octavia Scout is pretty faultless when it comes to practicality thanks to its versatile estate body and extremely spacious interior.

Loaded with practical solutions and useful storage features, there is also generous interior space for all, whether you’re in the front or the back seats.

The boot is huge with 610 litres available when the rear seats are in place. They collapse down easily to extend available space up to 1,740 litres. The front passenger seat can also be folded down which means that items up to 2.92 meters can be transported, ideal if you are looking to transport some flat-pack furniture or take the surfboard to the beach.

The Skoda Octavia Scout is fractionally more practical than the estate

Not only is the boot spacious, but like the estate version it is based on, it is also loaded with practical features including a double-sided boot cover, retractable parcel shelf, numerous nets and hooks to secure your items, two lights and a 12-volt power socket.

Practical features are not limited to the boot either with plenty of items scattered around the car which will make everyday life that little bit easier including the ice scraper stowed away in the filler cap, a smartphone holder and waste bins in the front door pockets.

If you’re looking for a car with towing capabilities then the Octavia Scout should be able to fulfil most of your requirements. Towing capacity is up 25% from the previous generation, the new Scout can now pull up to 2,000kg, which should be enough for a medium-sized caravan or horsebox.


Skoda Octavia Scout: will it fit in my garage?


The Octavia Scout is quite a long car – that explains why it’s so spacious inside – but it’s not overwhelming to operate. Good visibility and that slightly raised ride height makes it easy to manoeuvre in tighter spaces, plus it doesn’t feel bulky. The good news is parking sensors come as standard to help in tight spots. 


Skoda Octavia Scout: will my luggage fit?


At 610 litres, the Scout’s boot capacity with the seats in place is one of the biggest of any estate car – even ones much larger in overall size – and it can be expanded easily to a whopping 1,740 litres by folding the rear seats.

Access is very easy thanks to a low, wide tailgate opening (an electric bootlid can be specified), while Skoda’s range of Simply Clever options include organisers to divide up the vast load area to make the most of the space on offer. 



Skoda Octavia Scout: is it a good tow car?

Skoda Octavia Scout: is it a good tow car?

If you’re planning on using the 2,000kg towing capacity, it might be wise to specify Trailer Assist, which is an automated system that takes the hassle out of reverse parking when towing.

Simply tell the car where you want to park using the electric door mirror adjustment and it’ll park the car for you, taking care of the counter-steering that has many drivers confused.

A towbar itself costs £550 fitted.

Euro NCAP rating

Overall NCAP safety rating 5 out of 5
Year tested: 2013
What is Euro NCAP?
Adult Occupant: 93%
Child Occupant: 86%
Vulnerable Road User: 66%
Safety Assist: 66%

Equipment and options

Each trim level will have different equipment offerings.
Basic equipment (26)
  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Lumbar support
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control
Standard Equipment
Optional Equipment
Scout Standard Equipment (3)
  • Front fog lights
  • Parking sensors
  • Partial leather seat trim
Scout Optional Equipment (3)
  • CD
  • Folding rear seats
  • Heated seats
vRS Standard Equipment (2)
  • CD
  • Cloth seat trim
vRS Optional Equipment
  • n/a


Length 4685mm - 4689mm
Width 2017mm
Height 1452mm - 1501mm
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