Freshly uplifted, the Skoda Octavia Scout offers extremely competent off-roading ability. And back on the tarmac, this is a wagon that sits up nice and tall with a nicely composed ride and excellent grip. It’s easy to drive, and pleasurable in the process.
Inside the smart interior, the Octavia Scout boasts high-end features. An alarm, air-conditioning, satellite navigation (optional), leather seats, a CD audio system, electrics, and quality materials and trim give the Scout a measure of clout in a rather bland field of competition. The Audi and Volvo alternatives are nice, but they are also a lot more expensive to buy new. The result is that the Skoda Octavia Scout is at the top of the class.
Wielding a weapon with plenty of power and torque, the Scout is blessed with one of the finest 2.0-litre turbo-diesels in the business. Perfect for the vehicle, the all-new, dual clutch six-speed transmission links with the 125 kW to create swift, progressive touring.
Tyres are amazing things. Most of the time they are so forgiving and can put up with so much abuse. We tend to take them for granted when we hit the road. Tyres are, if the truth be told, really tested off the beaten track, and only the best rubber will do when venturing off a side road and up a forest track. The very competent Skoda Octavia Scout TDI 4×4 wagon has the ability to tackle some sticky and testing tracks. Perhaps more than you might first assume. Fitted with nice wide rims and solid tyres, 225/50 R17 to be exact, the Octavia Scout TDI 4×4 is just as at home heading up a steep rutted track as it is slipping through slower traffic on the open road. You can bet your bottom dollar that there are not many rivals that can offer such sturdy build quality, supreme on road or off roading ability, and excellent drive trains than what the accomplished Octavia Scout TDI 4×4 wagon presents.
Skoda is producing high-tech cars with expertise and premium reliability. The proof in the pud is in the tasting, and that is why so many happy Skoda owners have paved the way for Skoda to win the prestigious 2007 Auto Express Driver Power customers’ satisfaction award. Add on exceptional build quality, value for money, practicality plus numerous safety features and Skoda are now turning out superb cars with all the right ingredients.
The Scout offers customers the best of both worlds. The formidable 4×4 system only activates as and when it is needed. This is, of course so much easier than probing for buttons and trying to recall which 4×4 mode will do the task ahead the best. The reality is the system is only ever rarely used. The Scout’s 4×4 transmission is highly intelligent and is always at the ready to flick into four wheel drive the moment a loss in traction is detected. A scout, by definition, is somebody who must always be prepared and be ready to go almost anywhere. Such a name is very fitting for the stylish Skoda Octavia.
All Terrain capability requires a few necessary features and adaptations to create a vehicle that can take on the rough stuff as it comes. Thus the Octavia Scout boasts a 17 mm increase in groun clearance over the standard models. Larger 17 inch ‘Proteus’ alloy wheels with a protective wheel arch strip, protective body strips, kick plates on the front door sills, sump guards below the new front and rear bumpers, black roof rails, fog lights, rain sensitive wipers, headlight washers to keep the mud away, and sunset privacy glass shows off the useful side of the Scout’s 4×4 prowess. The twin chrome exhaust pipes finish the exterior package off very nicely.
The interior is loaded with some awesome features to make the journey comfortable and very enjoyable. A six CD auto changer will play your favourite tunes, climatic dual-zone air conditioning matches the unpredictable Australian weather patterns and cruise control are just some of the goodies on the list. The arm rest between the rear seats has a socket for an MP3 player so your kiddies can be of in their own little world. Both the driver and front passenger seats are height adjustable with excellent lumber support. Heading off the beaten track requires a few extra odds and ends, so the Octavia Scout TDI 4×4 wagon has abundant storage compartments sprinkled around the cabin. There is even an air conditioned Jumbo box under the adjustable arm rest between the front seats to keep the fizzies cool. The glove box is also air-conditioned.
The engine has been sourced from Volkswagen, so she’s a goodie. The 2.0-litre turbo diesel pumps out a strong 103 kW and 320Nm. Plenty of grunt and minimal fuel usage is what this engine is all about, so the combined 6.6 litres/100 km average is a pleasant surprise. The six-speed manual transmission works beautifully with the smooth turbo diesel power, and progress can be very swift. The Octavia Scout is up to the task on the tarmac and, actually, the ride and handling really impressed.
The Skoda Octavia Scout TDI 4×4 wagon comes with an endless list of safety features. The ESP includes ABS, Mechanical Braking Assistant, MSR (Engine Drag control), ASR (Anti- Skid Regulation), EDL and HBA. The Hill Hold Control function is a gem. Just in case others lose the plot, the Scout has a driver and passenger airbags plus front and side airbags, height adjustable front seatbelts with pre-tensioners all contained in an remarkably tough body shell.
If you want something that stands out a tad more than your average estate car, and you require plenty of off-road ability, the Skoda Octavia Scout TDI 4×4 wagon needs your earnest attention.
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