2009 Skoda Octavia Scout – Car Review | CarShowroom.com.au

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2009 Skoda Octavia – Car Review

If you’re in the for a new vehicle and Volkswagen’s Czech brand ?koda is not on your potentially you are missing some products form one of Europe’s brands. They don’t us saying ‘Volkswagen products and at ?koda prices’ but that’s the

What you Get

The new Skoda Octavia a compact SUV wagon is a perfect

Priced from just this is a contemporary European with all-wheel traction to Volkswagen’s superb 4Motion a high-tech turbo-diesel powerplant, of kit and interior space, and a strong story.

Car Showroom just a week in an Octavia Scout and it back memories of trips to and long drives through The and the Riviera in vehicles just this. Those of us in this who buy full-size SUVs or station with petrol engines seriously think about the Scout it really does the job but is lighter on your pocket and the and is easier to manoeuvre and park in the streetscape.

Under the Hood

Open the Scout’s bonnet (or any ?koda and there is Volkswagen coming at you every direction.

In this it’s Volkswagen’s handy turbo-diesel that is good for at 4,000 rpm and 320Nm from Driving through a delightful manual transmission, it’s a combination that is easy and in the city crawl, cruises on the freeway and yet – with a slip down one cog – can through an overtaking move.

A diesel in stop-start city you may be pondering? Many of the taxis in the big of Germany, France, Italy and the Republic are diesel manuals just a few minutes you learn to use the of the Octavia Scout’s 2.0-litre and the excellent ratios of the six-speed and it all second nature, ridiculously and returns great fuel

?koda says the Octavia requires only 6.6 litres of per 100 kms on the combined Australian measurement very impressive and significantly than say a Toyota Kluger or RAV 4, Territory or Holden Sportwagon. even better than the X-Trail diesel.

The Interior

Again prepare to be

The seats, pedals, leather wheel, gear lever and are straight out of the previous generation and Passat models. That they’re excellent and very quality. Front seats are and the steering wheel is adjustable for and reach as all good cars

Switches and controls for cruise power windows and mirrors are straight from Volkswagen.

is a CD sound system with MP3 input and eight speakers, sensing wipers plus the coming/leaving home function gives the headlights and interior a few extra seconds illumination to you on your way.

On the safety there are six airbags plus ABS brakes, Electronic Stability and Anti-Slip Regulation plus the 4Motion all-wheel-drive system progressively transfers drive to the with the most traction.

Out back there is a massive 580 of trunk space (1620 with the rear seats koda says the official capacity is 660 kgs and two cargo nets are to keep the load secure.

brief regard to the Octavia off-road ability, a grab is mounted on the dashboard in front of the

Exterior and Styling

Immediately is the extra size and ride of the Scout compared to standard wagons. In fact the Scout has a ground clearance (40mm than the standard Octavia), it is at 4581mm, some 15mm and 17mm higher overall.

you will see bash plates both front and rear

On the outside, protective wheel-arch meaty bumpers and moulded protection strips equip the Scout for trips into the

Combine all of this with the ?koda front grille and you get an and distinctive European look and for this very competent SUV wagon.

On The Road

‘Typical all-round’ is the only way to describe the Scout’s driving dynamics. The TDI and six-speed gearbox deliver performance and the braking and ride/handling is class.

The front suspension is Strut and the clever multi-link design incorporates a high-mounted trailing arm that reduces under braking again all of would be very familiar to owners.

Rear seat is on par with other compact adequate for families with or for adults on short trips.

Certainly the Octavia Scout quite match the current Volkswagen Passat wagon for and material quality. But we would the current Passat actually the E-Class Mercedes-Benz and 5-Series BMW in department so the Octavia – its RRP from $39,990 – is not losing ground there. And is no doubt it can stand toe-to-toe segment rivals like RAV, Territory, Sportwagon, Forester, Outback and Koleos for quality, space, refinement, and dynamics.

Sure the Octavia Scout ultimately fall short of the SUVs Kluger, RAV, and Territory in the mud-digging, soft-sand tests.

Resale value is a challenge. While ?koda is than a century old, is now and run by Volkswagen and is one of the hottest brands in the nameplate has only recently to Australia and residual values/consumer do take time to build up. for Renault with its excellent

Verdict

We would buy an Octavia in a heartbeat. Our young family happily occupy the rear for hours, their bits and will fit in the luggage compartment, and spent considerable time in Italy, Germany and France familiar with manual passenger cars, we’re to driving them and actually them a lot.

Volkswagen hate us for saying this, but the line is: The ?koda Octavia delivers the known Volkswagen traits at sensational value-for-money

The Competition

The Nissan X-Trail is the most obvious competitor and is almost identical. Toyota’s RAV and are in the same ball park but offer a diesel. Similarly the Forester and Outback are players but not diesel power.

Of the European only the Renault Koleos can be compared (the Volvo is too expensive). You would need to both, consider the styling and the deals on offer. Our point of would be that both similar driving dynamics, we rate the Renault’s interior of the Octavia Scout, but in our eyes we the Skoda’s conservative exterior a little bit more than the

Thumbs-up:

Clever packaging; to drive; excellent build value-for-money

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