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First drive: DSG to take Scout to the masses

Self-shifter: Octavia Scout finally an automatic transmission, in the form of the group’s DSG unit.

Revised Scout range headlined by an version designed for wider

31 March 2011

By JOHN

SKODA Australia hopes the introduction of an automatic transmission will increase sales of its non-existent Octavia Scout ten-fold.

Now on sale as part of an and subtly updated Scout that also includes a upmarket #8216;Premium#8217; variant for the time, the twin-clutch automated version adds $2300 to the of the entry-level 2011 Octavia which remains unchanged at

The Premium DSG tops the Scout which continues to be a diesel-only at $45,790 but appears to be the best and best fit for the demanding local

Its packaging of Alcantara/leather trim, an sunroof, polished alloy privacy glass (from the back) and driver#8217;s seat should appeal to customers in of luxury and style as well as the virtues of compact SUVs.

These features are in addition to the Scout#8217;s standard equipment which is quite extensive six airbags, 17-inch alloys, and heated front seats (as as a hill-hold function to encourage drivers of manual cars).

Skoda Octavia Scout Bottom: Standard Skoda Scout.

Satellite-navigation has been to the standard specification sheet, but the pricetag for the base manual looks steepish in a highly compact SUV market where players struggle for almost sale alongside a growing of established models from brands, many of which recently introduced sub-$30,000 drive options.

Choosing a Scout Premium adds $4000 to the invoice for those relatively few customers who prefer a (six-speed) manual the Premium may look like value at $43,490, which is $1700 more than a DSG.

The 2011 Scout also brings a number of updates that aim to give the crossover, which continues to 40mm higher than the wagon upon which it is a more muscular, off-road-type

Also as before, the Scout#8217;s common-rail turbo-diesel engine a modest 103kW of power and a 320Nm of torque, on stream through from 1750 to

Both figures fall short of those delivered by diesel boxer unit of capacity in the Forester. Few 1550kg have to make do with so engine and the Scout#8217;s claimed acceleration figure of 10.1 looks distinctly 20th

Fortunately for Skoda Australia, buyers will care more about fuel than acceleration and the official of 6.1 litres per 100 km (combined), 7.6 (urban) and 5.3 urban) are very good. related to these numbers is the dioxide emissions figure of

The Octavia-based Scout has hardly a great sales success in where the all-wheel drive has been merely a niche in a crowded compact SUV market it was launched here in September

In the two years or so since then, the has attracted just 262 buyers less than many achieve on a monthly basis.

Skoda Australia expects the of an automatic option to increase by 80 or 90 percent and the upgraded model win more interest by not eliminating all buyers unfamiliar with a pedal.

With its polished wheels #8211; of the same design and 17-inch diameter as the Scout #8211; the Premium also draw more to itself in the showroom.

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