Jacked-up new Octavia variant offers all-wheel drive and rugged looks, and will cost from £25k when order books open later this month
10 February 2014

The new Skoda Octavia Scout will be priced from £25,315 when order books open later this month.

The new model, which made its debut at the Geneva motor show earlier this year, is designed to be a "robust all-rounder" and features more aggressive SUV-inspired styling than the regular Octavia estate on which it is based. 

Larger front and rear bumpers with silver-coloured guards give the Octavia Scout a muscular look, while the front also gets a wider air intake and new fog light designs. Protective side mouldings are marked out in black along the sides, as are the door sills and extended wheel arches.

The Octavia Scout's ride height is raised by 33mm over the standard model, and the car sits on 17-inch alloy wheels. Skoda has fitted the Scout with a fifth-generation Haldex all-wheel-drive system, which the Czech manufacturer says helps to improve the climbing power of the car.

Two engine options are available at launch, a 2.0-litre TDI with 148bhp coupled to a six-speed manual transmission, with fuel economy of 55.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 129g/km, and a 181bhp version of that engine coupled to a DSG transmission. In this latter guise, the Octavia Scout also returns 55.4mpg, but CO2 emissions rise to 134g/km.

Altogether, Skoda says the new Octavia Scout is 20 per cent more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

Inside, a new three-spoke steering wheel developed specifically for the Scout controls most functions. A central infotainment display has also been installed, along with a part-leather interior. Options on the car include parking assistance, as well as a rear-view camera. 

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4 March 2014
Over on the Ford stand they are showing us that ridiculous Vignale. Skoda, on the other hand, appears to be making cars that real, normal people might want to drive. A spacious, well made, practical estate car that can transport the whole family across almost any terrain in all but the very worst extremes of weather. Well done Skoda. This is a car I would definitely want.

14 July 2014
All it needs now is some style and resiteing of the sat nav screen, to low, to dangerous

 

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14 July 2014
The Sat Nav also displays on the multi-function display in-between the tacho and speedometer, and it verbally tells you which direction to go in. You don't need to use the main display en-route.

14 July 2014
I can't decide if this is a little expensive or not. £25k doesn't seem that excessive, for a spacious, practical and well equipped 4x4 estate but that price puts it against a lot of very capable competition especially as that's just a starting price.

14 July 2014
I would like to test the horizontal length of its load bay with the virginal looking demonstration girls.. but the urge as usual outways the probability by a comfortable margin.

14 July 2014
Yep I known it also displays a simple diagram of the route but that's also lower down than where you'd mount a over the counter sat-nav. With that low down map people would still look down to see distance to go, route, next petrol station, etc Proof is more modern cars have the map pop up on the top part of the map

 

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14 July 2014
I like it a lot. Shame it isn't a little less money though. I think Will86 is right in saying that it is up against some stiff competition at that price, but then I am sure it is a very capable car.

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15 July 2014
I think Skoda has done well here...haven't checked but I would profer that it is unlikely to have stiff competition at that price...not many 'proper' estate cars with a good load capacity and raised ground clearance along with 4WD. The highways agency should be running these rather than Disco's and Shoguns...I see in the Automotive news today that they have just placed another order for 40 Shoguns.....what for? I have never seen them do anything useful, they just shut off lanes for no good reason causing chaos and stand around with their hands in their pockets...never offering to help a motorist change a wheel for example or tow a car to safety. So why do they specify a Shoguns high towing capacity as a benefit to them? An average Estate car would do to get their cones in, and if the really need 4WD a Skoda Scout would fit the bill nicely at far less cost to the public purse!

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