Skoda Octavia Scout Review | Autocar

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Skoda Octavia Scout

A rough-and-tumble wagon sums it up Subaru pioneered the jacked-up, all-wheel-drive estate in 1996. A6 Allroad appeared in 1999, the same time as Volvo’s

Today, a diesel-powered Allroad cost £36,000 and an XC70 When Subaru’s diesel arrives later this a Legacy Outback is likely to nearly £23,000 equipped it.

Which is where the new Skoda Scout steps in. Based on the 4×4 estate, it gets the chunky bodykit and aluminium an extra 17mm of ground over the slightly less standard 4×4 Estate is 40mm higher than the front-drive car), and a spattering of spec including rain-sensing and parking radar.

Fitted with the obvious of a 140bhp 2.0-litre TDI PD motor, the Scout will sting wallet to the tune of £19,670, xenon lights and sat-nav on the options list.

What’s it

I’m a big fan of the ‘Outback’ aesthetic and the Scout it well, especially with its skid plates and 17in Although raised suspension take the edge off a chassis, the was a satisfying place to be on fast and the winding roads of the Italian

It rides well – as you might with high-profile tyres and wheel travel. It also a touch and has a shade more than the standard car, but still easy to place on roads and it runs very at high speed.

This 140bhp diesel is certainly gruffer than units, but then that’s a inherent to VW’s PD injection The best refinement is found at speed, loping along in

Skoda’s truncated off-road of slush, snow and mud just allowed us to establish that the does have quite off-road ability. It seems as if it handle rather more the average farm track or to the beach.

Should I buy one?

one major problem with the of an Octavia ‘Allroad'; you can’t but feel that it stretches the smart, utilitarian flavour a too far. At this price the Nissan X-Trail to consider, as as the upcoming Subaru Forester and Honda CR-V. You’re within £1300 of a new Freelander.

For real country folk, a entry-level 105bhp Octavia estate, and a set of proper winter would be more justifiable.

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