Final report: Skoda Octavia Scout

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Not me, but the Octavia Scout has made the journey to its rightful owners. right, my happy time the Scout is up and Skoda has repatriated the to its Milton Keynes lair my home in Scotland. It was a sad farewell as the has served me very well the past months and 10,000-miles or so.

going back, the Skoda its hectic schedule of long journeys, airport car parks and roads that many estates would baulk at.

stand out.

During my time with the the one overriding factor that to impress me was the car’s economy. so many ill-informed pundits are to spout nonsense about the and world-killing evils of 4x4s, the turned in a steady 45mpg no how or where I drove the car. On a to France in early summer for the Le 24-hours race, the Scout 45mpg at the peage maximum of

Trundling around rural it gave exactly the same so all I can say is anyone who has a grudge against has never spent time a Skoda Scout.

It did take a couple of thousand before the 138bhp 2.0-litre loosened up to give its fine but even then it always the goods in the performance stakes. no hot hatch, but plenty of mid-rev (236lb.ft at 1,750rpm) is more enough to safely overtake the holiday traffic that Scotland in the summer months. drive gave assured as the weather turned cold and while the heated seats rarely turned off once the moved past September.

The Skoda’s practicality also on many occasions. The boot is a size, well shaped and has hooks to tie down delicate which was more than when moving house at the of the summer. Another feature came in handy was the under-floor in the boot that transformed an impromptu wine cellar a buying spree on my return Le Mans.

Perhaps I should used the optional tow bar with a to bring back even vino?

. and for the wrong reasons?

Only two reared their heads my time with the Octavia The first was a crackly speaker in the door. It appeared during a motorway stint, annoyed me all day and disappeared as quickly as it had arrived.

I an ear out for any repeat performance, but it never so a trip to the dealer was unnecessary.

A visit was needed to rectify the windscreen. This happened a heavy summer storm and the said it was the first time experienced this fault. A new and headlining were promptly by my local Skoda dealer, customer service was first

My only other small is with the low-speed ride of the While it delivers far better and poise than most compact SUVs, the suspension up on too many minor ruts driving around town.


If I had the cash to hand, I be off to the nearest Skoda dealer to put in my for an Octavia Scout 2.0 TD PD 140 in the same and spec as this long one. The only thing I might change would be to buy a example to avoid some of the that has hit our example. The car cost the end of Ј20,000 new and trade guides now us it’s worth around as a trade-in.

That’s a hefty hit for an 18-month old car average mileage, but a bargain for buyers.

Alisdair Suttie 6 Feb 2009

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