Skoda Oc­tavia Scout

£28,675

Top Gear (UK) - - DRIVES -

En­gine 1968cc 4cyl tur­bod­iesel, AWD, 181bhp, 280lb ft Per­for­mance 0-62mph in 7.8secs, 136mph, 55.4mpg, 133g/km CO , Weight 1484kg

You’re look­ing at an off-roady ver­sion of the Skoda Oc­tavia Es­tate. Think Audi A4 All­road or VW Pas­sat All­track, only cheaper and more Skoda-y. A handy 30mm of ex­tra ride height, un­der­body pro­tec­tion, a ded­i­cated off-road mode with hill-de­scent con­trol, stan­dard all-wheel drive and some black plas­tic body mould­ings are the big things that sep­a­rate it from a nor­mal Oc­tavia wagon. Off road it’s no Dis­cov­ery, but it is more ca­pa­ble than most own­ers will ever re­quire. On road the softer sus­pen­sion ac­tu­ally makes the Scout really comfy. Pricey and not fun, but fit for pur­pose. If only it was more ob­vi­ous what that pur­pose ac­tu­ally is.

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