While the rest of the Skoda Octavia range comes with a choice of four petrol and three diesel engines, the Scout is offered with a choice of the 142PS, 2.0-litre TDI PD turbo-diesel or the 162PS, 1.8-litre TSI engine; both working through a very nice 6-speed 'box.
While the rest of the Skoda Octavia range comes with a choice of four petrol and three diesel engines, the Scout is offered with a choice of the 142PS, 2.0-litre TDI PD turbo-diesel or the 162PS, 1.8-litre TSI engine; both working through a very nice 6-speed 'box. The latter unit was in the test car where it provided a 0-62mph time of 8.4 seconds, en route to a top speed of 131mph.
It is not as fast as the whizzy vRS version but has other attractions; the power peaks between 4,500- and 6,200rpm and the 250Nm is available between a very low 1,500-and 4,500rpm, which is more akin to diesel figures. However, the fuel consumption, whilst good, is never going to be better than those of the diesel. Statistics for the test car show that on the urban cycle, the Scout can return 27.7mpg, on the extra-urban, 44.1mpg and the combined is 36.2, as opposed to 44.1mpg for the oil-burner. CO2 emissions are measured at 182- and 173g/km for the petrol and diesel, respectively, so they are both in VED Band E.
On the road, the Skoda Octavia Scout feels reassuringly solid, nicely weighted and surprisingly smooth for a 4x4. There is nothing harsh about the car and the way that the power is delivered, even at slow speeds, thanks to Volkswagen engineering providing the low-down pulling power. At the other end of the scale, overtaking at motorway speeds is equally as easy, with plenty left in the pots, so you don't have to change down, unless you want to, and with this gear-box I wouldn't be surprised.
Off-road, despite the increased height, the limiting factor to traversing the Rocky Mountains is ground clearance. Capable as it is, the Skoda Octavia Scout is not built for the extremes of 'rock-hopping' but will take on more than one would imagine.
On the other hand, it's smart appearance makes it more than acceptable for an evening out, especially in the unusual Flamenco Red metallic body-colour, which is a kind of rusty burgundy and one of twelve available colours and finishes.
Skoda Octavia Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Skoda Octavia Scout|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||8.4 Seconds|
|Top Speed||131 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||44.1 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 year / 60,000 Miles|
|Price (when tested on the 11/03/09)||£18,545|