Octavia Estate Scout 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4
fresh-in-the-UK 4x4 Scout
with 2.0-litre turbodiesel power
costs a very reasonable £25K
a price that represents a generous
slice of versatile all-weather estate
for your cash...
LOOKS-WISE THE SCOUT skilfully blends rugged with handsome. Strip away the
badges and, particularly when finished in Skoda's fetching Denim Blue metallic,
many would guess it to be a premium German sports estate costing many thousands
There's some extra inches in this latest Octavia bodyshell that's already popular
as a family carryall but it's well harmonised with the styling, and down the
flanks it looks particularly sleek and upmarket.
Fronted by one of the Skoda family's vertically-slatted black-and-chrome radiator
grilles, a cleanly sculpted bonnet and honeycomb-pattern lower grille atop a
restyled bumper, the Scout is easily identified by its jacked-up ride and silver
front skid plate (there's another at the tail). Stand-out black wheelarch protectors
neatly underscore the Scout's off-road-capable look.
with all-wheel traction the Scout officially returns a plastic-friendly 55.4mpg.
Impressive on paper, but how did it score in real traffic on real British roads?
Actually, amazingly well.
weeks hard driving,
much of it in Sport mode,
saw an overall average
recorded of an
less ardent drivers than
MotorBars test team
should easily see the
smiley side of 55mpg...
Our week's hard driving, much of it in the Sport driving mode (there's also
Normal, Eco and Individual, which lets the driver configure his or her own dynamic
settings such as steering weighting, etc) saw an overall average recorded of
an impressive 52.1mpg only a handful of cars get as close as that
to their official 'lab' figures. Better still, less ardent drivers than MotorBar's
test team should easily beat that and see the smiley side of 55+ to the gallon.
Along with 4WD, Scout estate models give you the choice of two muscular 2.0-litre
diesel engines choose between 147bhp paired with a clean-changing
six-speed manual gearbox or 181bhp with a twin-clutch DSG autobox (as also found
in the go-faster vRS Octavia) but which bumps up the price from £25K to £28K.
To be honest, the 147bhp powerplant delivers all the performance you really
need and saving £3K is always nice.
'Our' Scout was running the less powerful 2.0-litre but that didn't stop it
getting to 62mph in 9.1 seconds and running on to a 129mph top speed. Acceleration
was always strong and eager and pick-up sharp thanks to the maximum torque of
250lb ft being on call from 1,750rpm so the 'grunt' is always there exactly
when needed, whatever gear you're in even 6th. Loping along motorways
at the legal limit around 2,000rpm, the 147bhp 'lump' is aurally remote which
helps keeps it all pleasantly hushed in the cabin.
Whichever powerplant you decide on, the chassis can take its best shot because
the Octavia Scout is underpinned by the Volkswagen Group's MQB chassis
also found in entertaining 'drives' such as Audi TTs and the Golf. This modular
platform serves up well-fettled and faithful handling alongside a compliant
ride. The reassuring brakes and steering are of the 'fit for purpose' variety,
working so slickly that you're never really aware of them and can simply get
on with the business of driving.
Also doing their bit to make life hassle-free for the Scout driver is an XDS
electronic diff-lock (to maximise roadholding and improve responses, especially
when cornering) as well as a traction and stability control system. Plus, of
course, you can flick between driving modes whenever you fancy using the button
close to the gear stick.
thing that shouldn't be taken for granted because it's noteworthy
in its class is the Scout's load space, especially for cargo.
Now measuring 4.7 metres nose-to-tail, there's a massive 610-litre boot, easily
accessed via the powered (opening and closing) high-opening tailgate. The luggage
cover blind slides easily in both directions, there are pop-out hooks for four
bags and there's a load-through hatch.
strong and eager
and pick-up sharp
thanks to the maximum
torque of 250lb ft being
on call from 1,750rpm
so the grunt is always
there, exactly when
needed, whatever gear
youre in, even 6th...
cargo duties there are convenient lever releases in the boot pull
them and the 60:40-split rear seatbacks spring-fold down on their own, expanding
the boot to a huge 1,740-litre loadbay. Other practical touches include a reversible
boot mat and a full-size spare wheel.
And when it's time to haul a load, the Scout's definitely good to go: with its
four-wheel traction it makes a fine tow vehicle whatever it is you want to pull
along behind, be it a trailer, caravan or boat. With the six-speed manual 'box
it will happily manage 2,000kg braked a worthwhile improvement
over the previous model.
Swing open a door and while there's plenty of black present it's no black hole,
even with the full-length two-section glass sunroof's powered sunblind closed,
thanks to large windows and lots of well-considered metallic-look trim; three-stage
heated black Alcantara and leather-upholstered seats add to the welcoming ambiance.
You'll feel at home the moment you slip behind the Scout's three-spoke wheel
the driving position is bang-to-rights, and the seat comfy and
supportive with adjustable lumbar support (both front seats have it, along with
height adjustment). Benefiting both is a sliding and height-adjustable centre
It doesn't take many seconds to register the extra room there's
noticeably more of it than ever before, best illustrated by the fact that even
with a brace of six-footers up front those relaxing in the rear seats will still
have plenty of air around their knees. Headroom a fist of it in
the front and legroom are both very good wherever you sit. Getting
in and out, front or back cabin, is physically effortless.
driver is well served by a multifunction wheel (voice, multimedia, phone, etc),
central touchscreen (with proximity sensors that recognise when your hand is
moving toward the display screen and bring up the intended function buttons
ready to be used; there's also intuitive smartphone-style swiping and pinching
movements for easy menu scrolling as well as map zooming), a foolproof and straightforward
SatNav, colour trip computer (with today's indispensable function
a digital speed readout), voice control for the phone and the navigation, Bluetooth,
DAB digital radio, and USB and Aux-in sockets.
feel at home
the moment you slip
behind the three-spoke
the driving position is
bang-to-rights, and the
heated seat comfy
and supportive with
standard kit is generous: in addition to what's already been mentioned there's
dual-zone climate control, four one-shot up/down electric windows, powered and
heated door mirrors, a cooled glovebox, auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver
fatigue sensor, tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control, Lane Assist, Hill
Hold, Light Assistant (manages the automatic and very useful
tunnel light mode plus coming home and leaving home guide-illumination), tinted
glass with darker Sunset glass (from the B-pillar back), rear parking sensors,
powered tailgate, a decent Hi-Fi, and a CD auto-changer in the glovebox with
a pair of SD card slots. Plus there's loads of in-cabin storage and cupholders
as well as a handy under-seat drawer!
The equipment list goes on with a sunglasses storage compartment, auto wipers,
seven airbags (including one for the driver's knee), a post-collision braking
system (if an impact occurs it automatically brakes the car to prevent it being
propelled into oncoming traffic and activates the brake and hazard lights),
LED daytime running lights, an ally pedal set and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Passengers travelling in the rear cabin are equally well catered for, starting
with heated seats combined with comfortable backrest recline angles; throw in
plenty of head, knee and foot room and lounging space is appreciably better
than business class, especially with just two sharing the large centre armrest
with its built-in cupholders not that there will be any complaints
even if three must travel side-by-side. Magazine pouches are provided, as too
are usable door bins. It's also bright and airy in the back, thanks to long
side windows and the massive sunroof that extends back past the rear headrests.
Not a sun-worshipper? No problem the one-shot powered sunblind
will quickly block its rays.
that four-wheel grip doesn't just come in handy for towing combined
with a 33mm increase in ground clearance (to 171mm), the Scout estate is configured
to cope away from the blacktop. Front approach and rear departure angles have
been improved and even if it never gets one of its tyres muddy, its all-terrain
capability is still an essential feature for staying mobile and keeping safe
on snow-covered and flooded roads.
that 4WD traction doesnt just come in handy for towing
combined with 171mm ground clearance and improved front approach and
rear departure angles, the Scout is configured to cope away from the
too, to find that that those stylish skid plates are more than cosmetic marketing
afterthoughts: out of sight there's underbody stone-guards to protect fuel and
brake lines as well as your engine. More good news: they work as well on speed-bumps
as they do on rutted and rock-strewn sections off-road.
If you're 'just browsing', know that the Scout stands scrutiny against the likes
of prestige-badged Audi and BMW 4x4 estates as well as the likes of Vauxhall's
Insignia Country Tourer, Subaru's Outback and VW's Passat Alltrack. Not only
is this Scout one of the most practical estates in its class but it saves you
thousands while giving you easily-usable, all-weather and all-terrain capability.
Really, though, you don't need to know a thing about all-wheel drive and diff-locks
to make full use of the Scout's 4x4 abilities it's all done for
you and works seamlessly, delivering power to the back wheels whenever the system
senses the front wheels' grip is waning; the rest of the time power is put down
via the front pair. For those who do like to know all about the 'oily bits',
the Scout uses a no-nonsense Haldex all-wheel drive system.
Trendy townie or all-weather country-dweller, you'll find the Scout is equally
spacious for both passenger-carrying and load-lugging. Throw in genuine 4x4
grip, a good tally of kit, a comfortable ride and a decent sticker price and
you don't need to waste your time scouting around for anything else. ~ MotorBar
Octavia Estate Scout 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4 | £25,315
Maximum speed: 129mph | 0-62mph: 9.1 seconds | Test Average: 52.1mpg
Power: 147bhp | Torque: 250lb ft | CO2: 129g/km