Skoda Octavia Scout 2.0 TDI (2008) | CARkeys

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Skoda Octavia Scout

2.0 TDI

The market for this kind of is presumably quite small . but if an ordinary estate car with a amount of off-road ability is you need, the Skoda Octavia has to be considered an excellent choice.

To the Scout, Skoda has taken the Octavia 4×4 estate, the ride height (already than that of the front-wheel cars) by a further 17mm, and aluminium undertrays front and along with protective mouldings, just in case you get too to the scenery.

These things are not in enough to justify the £1000 over the 4×4 estate, but the is also noticeably better-equipped, 17 alloy wheels, aluminium spotlights under the door cruise control, automatic and wipers, rear parking rear privacy glass, a centre armrest, twin exhausts and – for those off-road moments – a handle above the glovebox.

The Scout comes in two forms, and I to suggest that the one being here is the more obvious The alternative is basically the same but it uses the Volkswagen Group’s two-litre FSI petrol engine. opting for the test car’s 138bhp 2.0 TDI turbo diesel nearly £2000 to the list I think I would still the diesel’s better low-speed to say nothing of the fact that the TDI has since demonstrated its fine on tarmac.

It would, of course, be the act of a silly to overestimate the Scout’s prowess on the stuff. If your lifestyle you to scramble over really terrain, this is not the machine for You need a proper SUV, and that.

However, the Scout is happy on ground which be a matter of grave concern in an car. I took this one some familiar forest – often smooth, treacherously potholed – and it admirably. Parking with two in deepish mud on a steep incline and off again, for example, presented no whereas in a normal-height two-wheel car it would have been and might have required a for help.

My only complaint, as far as off-roading is is that Skoda supplies a wheel as standard. I’m not a fan of these in any case, but in a car like the it seems like a particularly bad Imagine a situation, for instance, in you had to replace a punctured tyre at the of a muddy slope, and then to clamber out with proper on three wheels and a piece of on the fourth.

Not for me, thanks.

On a more positive note, the ride quality over rough sections is astonishing, and applies on normal roads It’s quite obvious on that you’re driving a car a high centre of gravity and a lot of movement, but at everyday speeds was not the slightest suggestion that I get into trouble. The extra also makes a small but difference to the view over and other obstructions.

If it weren’t for large price difference, would seem to be little to between the Scout and the regular estate. As it is, though, the estate is the one to go for, unless you really the extra off-road ability or enticed by the Scout’s higher of equipment.

In terms of running costs, the are minimal. With its extra and height, the Scout inevitably more fuel, but on the combined the margin is less than and the performance gap between the two cars is footling. CO2 emissions are close that they both into VED Band E (partly the 4×4 estate rather sits right on the threshold 1g/km less and it would be in D).

A regular front-wheel drive estate with the same is much more economical and in Band C for taxation purposes, but the price you pay for the weight and complexity of drive. And of course for its benefits; though this Octavia is in ways, I wouldn’t take it forests with anything the enthusiasm I did in the Scout.

Would I buy a Scout personally? No. Octavias would suit me – I just don’t the opportunities that it offers.

But it may be that, by the time the test car was from me at the end of the week, I was beginning to that I did.

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