Skoda Octavia Scout DSG

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Skoda Octavia Scout


Bay, New South Wales

we liked

Well appointed, interior

Engine-gearbox pairing


Not so much


Monotone interior motif


Overall rating:

Price, Packaging and Practicality:

Safety: 3.0/5.0

Behind the 3.0/5.0

X-factor: 3.0/5.0

Better late than

The Skoda Scout is another of the Czech car maker’s modern day a high-riding European wagon of the Outback’s ilk, powered by one of efficient turbodiesel powerplants and up to a clever dual-clutch automatic

The Scout has been on sale in since early 2010, but now has not been offered with an option. It won’t be a high vehicle for Skoda, but it does the carmaker with another for what it sees as a direct Subaru.

Matthew Wiesner, the of Skoda Australia, revealed Skoda dealers have had a volume of enquiries from Subaru buyers.

We’re Subaru people coming in have had their third or Outback and they’re now going want to now do something else’, Wiesner. They love the of what they’ve got. but room for two players there.

are afoot to expand the Czech exponentially over the next few but the ‘steady and slowly’ approach been employed thus far has something of a necessity, in order to that the brand — was the … of many jokes in the — is capable of delivering not good cars, but a class-leading


Japanese European features

The entry-level model in the Skoda Scout 4×4 range is the manual model, which from $39,490. This is by the $41,790 six-speed automatic model. Both are packaged an impressive amount of standards starting with 17-inch wheels, body protection the wheel arches plus the and rear bumpers, under engine protection, front fog hill hold control, control, plus six airbags, ABS and

Comfort and convenience features for the Skoda Scouts comprise navigation, with an intuitive screen setup, a 30Gb drive, and eight-speaker CD/tuner. dual-zone automatic climate rain-sensing wipers, heated seats, and reverse parking too. Based on that of equipment alone, Skoda has the to see interest not just from marques, but also European

Priced at $43,490 for the manual and for the auto, the Scout Premium adds an electric glass alcantara leather seats, glass on the side and rear electric driver’s seat three memory presets and glossy accents on the 17-inch alloy wheels. All models with a 16-inch steel wheel.


Modern for Czech bush-basher

Power is by a lively 2.0-litre turbodiesel that has seen active in a number of other vehicles the Volkswagen fold, from compact SUVs to Audi The updated four-cylinder turbocharged extracts 103kW at 4200rpm and at 1750rpm, which is the same as the 2010 model Scout. For fuel economy has been to a claimed 6.1L/100km, thanks to an common-rail diesel injection

Carbon dioxide (CO2) are likewise low, at just The car has a 60 litre fuel tank.

from zero to 100km/h is at just over 10 seconds, and a top of 199km/h is not to be baulked at. Up to 75kg of can be loaded on the roof rails, and the can tow an unbraked trailer weighing up to or 1600kg for trailers with

Scout tips the scales and is sprung by independent suspension all MacPherson struts at the front and a IRS rig at the rear, consisting of one longitudinal and transverse links. The rack and steering is electro-hydraulically power

Disc brakes on all four delivered adequate deceleration, vented rotors at the front. gear consists of 17-inch shod with surprisingly 225/50 R17 rubber. The door and sound damping materials have been expertly because it’s a very car to ride around in.

Compared to the Octavia wagon, ground has been increased by 40mm to and the Scout also gains a of upgrade packs as standard. The Design Package adds new and rear bumpers, flared arch guards and mudguard while the Rough Road brings under body protection and the aforementioned raised system.

Skoda’s Octavia makes use of the fourth generation coupling, a small unit is located near the rear that allows all-wheel It works by splitting power the front axle and diverting it to the axle when needed, as when travelling on dirt or greatly improving traction on surfaces.

Ostensibly a front-wheel vehicle with a part-time drive augmentation, the Haldex has come a long way since the generation was launched in the late and this was evident during our It worked seamlessly and there was no ‘change’ that we could when pushing hard on dirt roads. We threw the car several tight corners (on the and it didn’t deviate from its course, a testament to the efficacy of the

The same system is used on the rapid Volkswagen Golf R .

systems would shunt to the rear wheels when the wheels slipped or lost but the Scout’s AWD system takes from several sources to when to engage AWD, results in pre-emptive action. sensors, wheel speed, speed and even information the stability control programmes are and processed by the car’s inbuilt systems to ensure optimum Up to 97 per cent of torque can be sent to the axle if needed.

During the Haldex coupling is disengaged and is sent solely to the front to ensure stability.


high tech, but plain

to its nearest Japanese rival, the Octavia Scout delivers a quality tactile experience. dash plastics, a high touch-screen sat nav and infotainment system, with high quality throughout create an upmarket and feel. And being from the stable, the Skoda Scout’s decor is very similar to of the VW Golf and Passat.

While won’t win it points for originality, it lend the car an ambitious (if conservative)

The interior is very nicely but is not overly flashy. Indeed the could even be labelled a dull by some — no colours, just good old — but it is functional, feels and is very presentable. All the controls are out in logical manner, though control operation is a little (a tiny switch on the end of the indicator

The multi-function steering wheel for remote audio and Multi-Function control, while the instrument is easy to read, if a little

Rear seat room is rather than spacious and the all feature relatively firm which suited this to a tee. Boot space is with 580 litres expandable to litres when the 60:40 rear seats are collapsed.

Sure-footed in all conditions

Like of its European contemporaries, the Skoda doesn’t skimp when it to safe motoring, offering a of passive and active features with six airbags – front and front side, full length curtain Three-point seatbelts for all five plus whiplash optimised head restraints are included, as are electronic driving aids, as an electronic stabilisation program ABS, EBD and ASR, not to mention a hold control system. The AWD coupling system also traction on low friction surfaces, Scout above standard FWD in terms of safety.

The latest of the Skoda Octavia Scout has not tested by ANCAP or Euro but the car it is based on, the Octavia, was awarded a rating by both authorities. like an engine immobiliser, central locking and rear sensors are also part of the package.



You could line up a number of mostly of Asian origin, as competitors for its Scout 4×4 but there’s one that stands out as a rival – the Subaru

During the national media Skoda talked about the as a vehicle that it is actively and that dealer feedback both current and previous were very interested in an European alternative. Vehicles as the Mazda6 wagon could be considered a rival, but in terms of capability only the Subaru measures up.


Balanced, stable and

Belted up, and with the electric mirrors aligned for my line of Scout’s engine fires a minimum of fuss — and surprisingly quiet for a diesel. It is evident from the outset the Skoda Octavia Scout is a nicer vehicle to drive the automatic gearbox. Even the shifter feels a little bit

And though the car is a touch heavier the standard Octavia — during full-throttle acceleration the diesel engine and DSG combination is a pairing.

The engine is willing and and its hefty low end torque makes the car drivable. Whether in everyday or navigating a steep incline, the is unlikely to be overly taxed, the gearbox able to change in less than a second, the situation require it.

Driving Gold Coast traffic was in the automatic equipped Scout, its quality equally pleasant, to absorb the more pronounced pot and ructions in the road. When you that smooth ride a quiet cabin, the result is a driving experience that surprise many, especially people who may still have opinions of the Skoda brand.

We had the chance to drive the car through very twisty roads in the of southern Queensland and northern New Wales, and despite its boosted height the Skoda Scout remarkably balanced when direction and attacking corners. many vehicles in the VW group, it has body control; the suspension is well calibrated for a variety of road conditions.

Then the dirt roads near Bay where Scout really its worth. Gunning the diesel-powered along seldom-used tracks a dense canopy of sub-tropical was a real hoot, the AWD system the car with a sure-footedness that true confidence.

Having seen the effect of rainfall during the past few the track was peppered with pot holes filled with water, and every time I myself for impact, the dreaded never came.

The Skoda rode over them as if they weren’t there.

the electro-hydraulically power assisted masking much of the feedback the front wheels, Scout was predictable on the dirt (the AWD is very effective) which the driver to push the car deeper corners without trepidation. The ride height was most on the uneven surfaces too.

At both on and off the beaten track, the Octavia Scout is an improved when equipped with the DSG gearbox, the torque characteristics of the syncing very nicely to the transmission. Though the manual was a good performer by and large, the DSG model feels like a complete package, and one that mind getting dirty.

a difficult car to fault — the price is hard to vilify and will no doubt convert a of Subaru Outback buyers its refined driving characteristics, quality interior and premium list.

Some buyers may be put off by the but if Skoda can get bums on seats for drives, it could be on to a sleeper hit the Scout, which turns out to be a capable car.

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Published. 6 April 2011

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