The rugged, off-road friendly Octavia Scout has been revealed with increased off-road ability and new tech
Jimi Beckwith
21 December 2016

The Skoda Octavia Scout has been revealed with an updated raft of technology and improved off-road ability, claims the car maker.

It is the final facelifted variant in the Octavia range to be revealed this year.

As with the standard Octavia and sporting vRS variant, the Octavia Scout gets the same headlight treatment as the rest of the range, with the model’s rugged styling maintained from the pre-facelift car.

It’s available with two diesel engines; 145bhp and 178bhp 2.0-litre diesel units, with top speeds of 129mph and 136mph, respectively. The former takes 9.1sec to reach 62mph and returns a claimed 56.5mpg with emissions of 130g/km CO2, while the latter reaches 62mph in 7.8sec, returns 56.5mpg, Skoda claims, and emits 133g/km CO2.

The styling tweaks at the front-end are the most notable aesthetic change, but Skoda claims greater off-road abilities thanks to increased ramp angles of 16.6 degrees at the front and 14.5 degrees at the rear.

Skoda has also made the Rough-Road package part of the Octavia Scout’s standard equipment, which brings plastic protection for the bottom of the car. As with the rest of the range, a new infotainment system has been fitted, bringing a 9.2in screen to the top-of-the-range setup.

Technological upgrades are also a large part of the Octavia Scout’s facelift; like the vRS, the Scout now gets trailer and blind spot assists, rear traffic alert and the crew protect assist, which prepares the car for a detected imminent crash by tightening seat belts, closing all windows and sunroofs.

As with the Octavia vRS, the Scout’s reveal a few weeks after the standard Octavia range means orders open in January 2017, with first deliveries later in the first quarter. 

Our Verdict

Skoda Octavia

Skoda’s practical and spacious family hatchback takes a step up in size

Join the debate

Comments
15

21 December 2016
that it is only offered with diesel in the UK when a 1.8 TSI is available on the continent. At least it makes my shortlist for my next car that little bit shorter.

21 December 2016
Shrub wrote:

that it is only offered with diesel in the UK when a 1.8 TSI is available on the continent. At least it makes my shortlist for my next car that little bit shorter.

Not too many petrol 4x4's at all only Subaru & Suzuki offer petrol engines in their 4WD range but the is a petrol Kodiaq listed by Skoda but not yet seen a road test of it

21 December 2016
Shrub wrote:

that it is only offered with diesel in the UK when a 1.8 TSI is available on the continent. At least it makes my shortlist for my next car that little bit shorter.

Not too many petrol 4x4's at all only Subaru & Suzuki offer petrol engines in their 4WD range but the is a petrol Kodiaq listed by Skoda but not yet seen a road test of it

289

21 December 2016
...yes, great shame no petrol version. Why do manufacturers still do this knowing the game is up for diesel?
Not sure about the rough road package....low profiles and plastic underbody protection doesn't bode well for longevity along rough tracks.

21 December 2016
I have no problem with diesel and actually like the torque and currently drive a diesel. However I'm looking to move closer to work and will only be doing 6k a year of small local trips. The dpf would mean I wouldn't touch a diesel so this car is out. Seems odd they couldn't fit the 1.4 at least, as they have done with the a4 avant.

I might just have to ditch the dream of a 10 minute commute to work and stick with the 1 1/4 hours. At least then a nearly new xf estate again diesel only could be on the list.

21 December 2016
It needs a petrol engine, preferably both the 1.4 and 1.8 TSI units and it needs sensible wheels. Why on earth do Skoda create a car for use on rough roads etc and then fit hopelessly impractical wheels. But perhaps the biggest problem is the SEAT Ateca. Raised ground clearance, petrol engines and plenty of shared parts, all for less than the Skoda.

289

22 December 2016
Agreed Will, there is clearly no technical reason why the petrol engine cant be fitted. just down to some out of touch Product muppet in Prague who hasn't been reading the market trend.
I also agree that the SEAT Ateca will probably spoil the party for Skoda in this case.

21 December 2016
That front end which previously looked so good now looks plain awkward.

If it ain't broke….

21 December 2016
up to I saw the paycheck which had said $8845 , I have faith that my friends brother woz like actualy erning money part-time on their apple labtop. . there aunt had bean doing this 4 only 7 months and resently took care of the morgage on there mini mansion and bought themselves a Lancia . view it now....

========www.centerpay70.com

22 December 2016
Mr£4worth wrote:

That front end which previously looked so good now looks plain awkward.

If it ain't broke….

While a previously released photo of the vRS showed the front end to be borderline acceptable, this pic again confirms what a visual disaster the facelift is. The all-road kit below the front bumper only adds to the visual mess.

Generally speaking, I dont recall many facelifts to be better than the original. Like you say, if it ain't broke ...

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Lexus LC500
    Car review
    20 October 2017
    Futuristic Lexus LC coupé mixes the latest technology with an old-school atmospheric V8
  • Maserati Levante S GranSport
    First Drive
    20 October 2017
    Get ready to trade in your diesels: Maserati’s luxury SUV finally gets the engine it’s always needed
  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK