2010 Skoda Octavia Scout 2.0 TDI Review

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2010 Octavia Scout 2.0 TDI Road Review

IF YOU#39;D TRIED to me that a #39;garden variety#39; would be one of the most attention-grabbing on the street, I’d have you you’d flipped your But so it was.

In a week of testing, the Octavia Scout turned heads and received more from passers-by than cars we#39;ve tested twice as much. That makes for an impressive start.

so when you consider that the Czech contender hardly new ground visually or mechanically. But more to the story; running the through the test cycle a beauty that was more skin deep.

Sure, the argument is subjective; the more factors: performance, specification, enjoyment. they’re the things TMR for.


While you quite call the Octavia cutting-edge, the styling of the Scout it off visually.

To answer the call of the the Scout adds beefier bumpers, wheel-arch flares and mouldings to the bodywork of the Octavia

At the pointy end there’s a chrome-framed with blackened-out vertical Beneath that, matte-finish takes over for the bumper, a slender air intake, fog lights and skid plate contained

The matte grey treatment over the wheel arches and the sills, running into the bumper. Like the front, composed of chunky unpainted mated to an aluminium bash-plate finisher.

Above the bumper the standard Octavia look over with head and shared with the rest of the

The Octavia’s body coloured B and C also make an appearance and the is capped off with a set of silver roof rails.


Škoda has chosen a less approach.

Standard finishes bolstered cloth-trimmed seats, frosted treatment for the door and highlights setting off the otherwise black throughout.

The dashboard is a typical Volkswagen Group That’s not a bad thing, with placed, clearly marked and buttons.

Oddments storage is care of with lidded at the top and bottom of the centre stack, a centre console with a lid doubles as a sliding armrest, a recess in the side of each seat, well-sized pockets in door and bottle-holders up front. The is also cooled to keep and snacks chilled.

Leather covers the steering wheel, shifter and handbrake. Pedals are in rubber-studded aluminium and door are chrome coated and rubber to add to the tactile experience.

In standard front seats come in cloth and with manual Optional leather trim and seats with memory are also available.

Space-wise little to groan about. The of adjustment up front makes it to settle in.

Rear passengers enjoy room to move, adjustable head rests and seatbelts in all three positions. feeling of space is also by a clear view out the large windows.

Moving further back the Scout will swallow 580 of luggage with the seats up and with the 60:40 rear folded flat (although is a slightly generous term the folded bench leaves an floor). Folding is also a bit requiring a two-stage, two-hands to tuck things away.

things in place is a cinch with a variety of tie-down in the boot floor, as well as hooks on each side of the bay. A removable cargo keeps prying eyes at

Equipment and Features

Škoda’s specification Scout comes with a generous dollop of equipment. At its $39,490 entry the Scout is well-featured. There is (natch) a reasonable options for those looking to up-spec

Standard equipment includes front seats, dual-zone control, a cooled glovebox and storage bin, retractable cover, rain-sensing front and an auto-dimming rear view

Tinted windows are included, as are alloy wheels (with a steel spare) and polished exhausts. There’s leather for the steering wheel, handbrake and shifter and a dash-mounted grab for the front seat passenger.

park-sensors, front fog-lights and central locking also standard, as does an underbody package.

Options include a driver#39;s seat, leather trim, front park an electric tilt/slide sunroof, headlamps, satellite navigation a 30 GB hard-drive and an alarm system.


Just one engine and combo is available for the Scout.

single specification is a 2.0 litre diesel engine mated to a six manual transmission and the Scout#39;s all-wheel-drive system.

While it’s a pleasant to use (a nice shift through the six-speed gate), the lack of an or DSG option may hamper the Scout’s success in this market autos are favoured).

The engine 103kW @ 4000 rpm from its 2.0 capacity, utilising high-pressure injection and a single turbo. is a useful 320Nm from to 2500 rpm.

Steering is driven by an electro-mechanical power system. Braking comes of ventilated front discs single piston floating while at the rear solid are used.

MacPherson strut suspension and a multi-link rear front and rear stabiliser and rasised springs provide on off) road control.


There’s a lightness at the wheel of the that is synonymous with the range. It is best described as an of control#39; that combines a drive with effortless

At TMR, we hold the Octavia in high regard for its on-road Given the Octavia Scout’s drive and tall suspension, we had our whether it would offer same composed and agile at the wheel as its more-conventional front-drive Fortunately, yes, it does.

with the extra weight of a and rear diff, the Scout pert and perky. And there is a well-planted feel on the road to well-weighted controls.

While output alone may not thrill all the meaty torque available just a step above makes for strong, surge-free

A manual can be a bit of a chore in city but the Scout#39;s clutch provides feedback and is well-weighted for easy

We found the gate on the six-speed a little short of expectations; not as well-defined as we#39;d like and a little rubbery on some That said, it’s to miscue and provides a good with the interaction of the clutch.

the city behind, the Scout into its own. On the open it picks up its stride, and is quite swift and comfortable at the wheel both wind and road well insulated.

Engine is barely detectable and only working hard does it apparent. Even then the isn’t off-putting and sounds like a large capacity engine instead of a smallish

Put the Scout where it yearns to be, on or mud, and the composure remains. On surfaces the Scout stays planted on its intended path.

some moisture into the mix and the tyres are the weakest link in the otherwise the Scout is more willing to head into demanding terrain.

Ground underbody protection and the quick-to-respond system mean the all-paw can head further off road first appearances would

Its capability off-road is not its only ace in the On winding tarmac, the Scout, rolling a fraction more its front-drive siblings, stays flat and with quite tenacious grip to keep secure.

While the initial feeling the steering wheel is a little at parking speeds, it feels comfortable once rolling. is dulled slightly by the (relatively) profile tyres, but any shuddering we might have expected mid-corner ripples is kept at bay.

For cruising or negotiating the crush at the supermarket carpark, from the wheel in all directions is thanks to large windows and pillars. The #39;over the shoulder#39; is perhaps the only weak (with the B-pillar at the shoulder), but no than most.

Claimed economy sits at 6.6 l/100km the Octavia’s ability to pull gears with low revs can help out here. We didn’t match that figure, but 6.8 over a variety of terrain was a decent enough return within expected variables).

One the petrol-powered faithful might trouble adjusting to, is the narrow band. It can take a while to get to the diesel. In the diesel-powered Scout, the most of the torque means the engine beyond 3000 rpm is

The engine stays smooth up to the peak power point at rpm, but to really keep it on the the revs are best kept 1500 and 2500 rpm. of course can equate to some shifting around town

With a full load into the rear though, the mill offered no complaint. weight or not, the 2.0 litre diesel pulled as faithfully as barely noticing the extra placed on it.

The Verdict

Should you require capable off the beaten track but want to be seen in the typical SUV, then the Octavia makes a strong case. Its mix of a diesel engine, positive behaviour, and a versatile and comfortable will win it many friends.

It is – at $39,490 (plus on – sensibly priced and within reach of the family

Of course, the lack of an automatic and the unfamiliarity of the Škoda brand (to buyers) might hamper the Scout’s efforts. If it does, would be a damn shame.

The in our view, is ready to step in Subaru#39;s Outback stepped While the Outback has moved up in and lost some of its former rugged appeal, Škoda#39;s Scout is more than of filling its shoes.

Our time that there’s little in this strong, thoughtfully-conceived

If the SUV market is on your radar, consider what the Octavia can do for you.

Torque laden

Clear and concise interior

drive both on and off the tarmac

Narrow powerband

Lack of option

Rear seats don’t fold flat.

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