Octavia Estate Scout 2.0 TDI 184PS 4x4 DSG
are Q-cars, and then there
are Dark Horses
Octavia Estate Scout is definitely
of the latter because at a glance
it would be easy to see it as just
another sensible estate car...
AN EASY MISTAKE… Sure it's a sensible estate, but under the skin there's
a fully-fledged all-wheel drive set-up that, along with increased ground clearance,
takes the Scout places an ordinary wagon simply won't go.
In spite of the obsession for similarly accommodating crossovers and SUVs, all-wheel
drive estate cars are back in contention. Based on the competent and versatile
Octavia estate, the Scout gains protective black wheelarch covers, Scout-specific
bumpers, sills and side mouldings, and 'rough road' extras that include an engine-guard
and underbody stone-guard to allow owners to indulge its extra 30mm of ride
height and genuine off-road ability. Finessing the dual-purpose look is a set
of smart, five-blade, 17-inch alloy wheels.
just like all the other members of the Octavia family, the Scout offers a home-from-home
with plenty of space for passengers and cargo. The seats, smartly upholstered
in Alcantara faux suede and leather with variable-stage heating, have plenty
of slick adjustment including for height and lumbar support so setting the perfect
driving position is quick 'n' easy.
it comes to
staying in touch,
however far from the
main highway the
all-wheel lets you stray,
the Scout will keep
you connected. A large
display fronts the
navigation system that
dishes up all the
WiFi, online infotainment
The leather-wrapped, multifunction, three-spoke steering wheel is good to grip
(and being heated, cosily warm when you need it!) and visibility down the bonnet
is first-rate while plenty of head and leg room makes long journeys something
Thanks to an uncluttered and functional fascia and numerous 'Simply Clever'
touches, it's easy to store your personal stuff: a useful, moveable mobile phone
holder, handy oddments compartment in the right-hand fascia, chilled glovebox,
drop-down glasses case, another climate controlled bin between the front seats
capped by a padded and height-adjustable armrest, rubber-lined lidded tray ahead
of the gearlever, cupholders, and decent-sized door bins.
Other appreciated touches include an umbrella stored under the front passenger
seat, a trad-style pull-up handbrake, height-adjustable front belts, and knurled
rotary knobs for the dual-zone climate control system that are so easy to use
when driving along all features that make the Scout's cabin a homely
place in which to spend time.
When it comes to staying in touch, however far from the main highway the all-wheel
lets you stray, the Scout will keep you connected. A large eight-inch touchscreen
display fronts Skoda's Amundsen infotainment and satellite navigation system
that dishes up all the essential features integrated WiFi, SmartLink+
smartphone integration (via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), a wealth of online
infotainment, Bluetooth, DAB, voice control, plus 3D mapping and foolproof guidance.
You also get driver personalisation (including three keys programmable with
different drivers' customised settings such as choice of music, preferred driving
mode, etc), USB port, and an SD card reader. Whatever you use it for, the multimedia
touchscreen is intuitive and straightforward to use. For core driving data there's
an attractive instrument panel with stylish dials set either side of a colour
multi-mode trip computer.
models come well kitted-out with the Alcantara seats, the latest touchscreen
infotainment and navigation system and driver personalisation already mentioned,
along with dual-zone climate control, driving mode selection (Eco, Comfort,
Sport, and Individual), cruise control with speed limiter, powerfolding heated
door mirrors, automatic main/dip switching, rear parking sensors, auto-dimming
rearview mirror, front and rear electric windows, privacy glass, and Front Assist
(autonomous emergency city braking with pedestrian protection).
to travel in the
rear could, unlike in
some other cars, actually
be the preferred option
for many passengers
boarding the Scout
the suede upholstery
looks inviting and
the backrests are set at
theres generous space
for two, who can share a
wide and well padded
central armrest with triple
even three side-by-side
is no hardship...
also find a Driver Fatigue Sensor (that warns the driver when it's time for
a break), auto lights and rain-sensing wipers, tyre pressure monitoring, telescopic
front headlight washers, full LED headlights and daytime running lights, cornering
front foglights, LED rear lights, a full set of airbags (including one for the
driver's knee), Electronic Stability Control, Lane Assist, and an Off-Road mode.
Choosing to travel in the rear could, unlike in some other cars, actually be
the preferred option for many passengers boarding the Scout the suede
upholstery looks inviting and the backrests are set at relaxing angles; there's
generous space for two, who can share a wide and well padded central armrest
with triple built-in cupholders; even three side-by-side is no hardship. Central
air vents, pouches on the front seatbacks, and usable door bins all add to the
ease of travelling in the back.
Riding higher than an everyday Octavia estate doesn't mean compromises with
ride quality the Scout surfs the blacktop surprisingly well, delivering
a comfortable and supple ride that will keep your passengers smiling; bumps
and potholes are nicely glossed over (the compliant suspension set-up and additional
ground clearance that boost its off-road behaviour also benefit the on-tarmac
ride). On fact it takes quite a lot to unsettle the Scout. The refinement and
easygoing ride ensure long motorway trips really are as relaxing as your passengers
would wish for.
Engine choices offered for the Scout are a pair of 2.0-litre TDI diesel units:
150hp (147bhp) or 184hp (181bhp). Both come in harness with a seven-speed DSG
autobox and all-wheel drive. The 181bhp unit is a cultured performer and you
hardly hear it as it gets on with the job; rev it hard for a burst of full-bore
acceleration and of course you'll be aware it's there; but generally you won't.
motorways it cruises pretty serenely and on all roads there's always plenty
of power for safe and quick overtaking. With a muscular 280lb ft of torque backing
its 181bhp the Scout will zip past the 62mph post in a satisfyingly brisk 7.7
seconds and, road permitting, run-on to an autobahn-friendly 135mph. However
you drive it, the TDI-DSG partnership is a well-judged marriage that delivers
smooth responsive shifts however hard you're pressing the accelerator pedal.
drive is of the intelligent
infinitely more worldly-
wise than the average MP
roader that will keep
you faithfully on track
slippery slopes or
reaching that weekend
in the country destination
along leaf-slick, flooded
or muddy country
Officially this 2.0-litre rates a Combined Cycle figure of 44.1mpg a
week's hard driving saw it register an impressive 44mpg and that without regularly
using the Eco mode. So regular drivers, as my headmaster frequently scrawled
and double-underlined on my school report, should do better!
Scout's all-wheel drive is of the 'intelligent' variety which makes it infinitely
more worldly-wise than the average MP effectively it's a soft-roader
that will keep you faithfully on track descending steep slippery slopes (in
Off Road mode) or reaching that weekend in the country destination along leaf-slick,
flooded or muddy country lanes. At all times the 4x4 control system assesses
exactly how much grip you need and deploys the perfect mix of driving torque
to whatever wheels is necessary to ensure max trax at all times.
With strong grip from the all-wheel drive system, on-road handling is decidedly
reassuring with accurate, nicely-weighted steering, well-managed body control
even when cutting through corners in spite of the higher ride height
and with good grip through the twisties. For tarmac you have four different
driving modes to choose between: Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Individual.
Sport mode frees up some more bite for swifter overtaking easily accessed
because when the selector lever is in its Drive position it only takes a nudge
back to toggle to Sport; doing it again puts you back into Drive. Flicking the
lever slightly left from Drive lets you into the autobox's manual mode, from
where north/south taps take you up/down the ratios. Also worth mentioning is
that while driving in the Eco setting does stretch miles per gallon, it does
so without putting a noticeable brake on the performance.
Scout spec takes the standard Octavia estate up to an über-versatile level
a heavy-duty, double-sided boot mat, numerous stretchy nets, luggage bay lamps
(one of which is also a removable LED flashlight that recharges whenever the
engine's running), a 12-volt power socket, and sturdy pop-out bag hooks all
highlight its usefulness when you need it to be in workhorse mode.
and big: 610 litres
with the rear seats
Dropping the rear
seatbacks when you
need to use the
loadbay is no trouble
just pull the levers in
the rear of the boot and
the 60:40-split backrests
The Scout's boot is advantageously deep, and big: 610 litres and that's
with the rear seats carrying passengers. Dropping the rear seatbacks when you
need to use the whopping 1,740-litre loadbay is no trouble just pull
the levers in the rear of the boot and the 60:40-split backrests self-fold automatically.
Two handy side bins come with lift-out sides.
and loading are easy thanks to a low boot sill and large tailgate opening (a
handsfree powered tailgate is on the options list) and there are long aluminium-finish
However, if you like to load 'outside the box' then the Scout's 2,000kg braked
towing capability will serve you well adequate for hauling a horsebox
or mid-sized caravan. If you're planning on regularly towing it's worth also
ticking the box for Trailer Assist an automated system that automatically
takes care of the counter-steering that defeats many drivers). A removable towbar
costs £560 and adds peace of mind that it won't go walkabout one dark night!
Skoda's Octavia estate is a pretty versatile wagon but add in the Scout version's
all-wheel drive, all-weather capability plus off-road ability and for not much
more money you get a spacious and impressive all-rounder with an even wider
range of abilities that's satisfying to drive and satisfying to own. ~ MotorBar
Skoda Octavia Estate Scout 2.0 TDI 184PS 4x4 DSG
Maximum speed: 135mph | 0-62mph: 7.7 seconds | Test Average: 44mpg
Power: 181bhp | Torque: 280lb ft | CO2: 141g/km