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Skoda Octavia Scout Review

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"Rugged version of Skoda Octavia"
  • Launched: 2014
  • Estate
  • Petrol, Diesel

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Genuine off-road ability
  • Great value for money
  • Very practical

Cons

  • In fairly short supply
  • Limited ground clearance
  • Not as agile as the standard Octavia

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Overall verdict

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Driving

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Cost to run

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Prices and Specs

Overall verdict

"In our opinion, the Skoda Octavia Scout is more than just a 'lifestyle' statement, it's an ideal car for towing and with its raised ride height and 4x4 system, it gives you genuine off-road ability without the need for a proper off-roader."

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The Skoda Octavia Scout has carved out a very nice niche for itself. Based on the Skoda Octavia Estate, it gets four-wheel drive, chunky bumpers and a raised ride height, so it's no surprise it has proved popular, particularly among the towing fraternity. And the latest Octavia Scout looks to build on the strength of its predecessor with more space, better fuel economy and an improved towing capacity.


Some things remain the same though and that includes a competitive price tag. The Octavia Scout started at around £25,000 when it was new and had few direct competitors - in fact most came from within the Volkswagen Group collective. There's the Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, which cost more than £29,000, or the Audi A4 Allroad which started at more than £32k.


While the Skoda badge may not yet have the prestige of its counterparts, it certainly has all the qualities. Like the Octavia Estate, a car we've been mightily impressed by, the Scout is solidly built and has a high quality feel to it. Admittedly, it's not the most dynamic of designs, but the Scout extras such as the underbody guards, roof rails, wheel arch claddings and chunky bumpers certainly add to the outdoorsy and rugged appearance.


Of course you can get an Octavia Estate 4x4 and the Scout was considerably more expensive when new - around £2500 compared to an SE trim. But the changes are more than just cosmetic. Along with a raised ride height that's 33mm higher, the Scout gets a rough-road package that includes extra shielding for the brake lines and fuel pipes to protect them over rough ground. There are also unique 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with 225/50 R17 tyres.

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On the inside

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Driving

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Cost to run

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Prices and Specs

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