Oc­tavia a stylish off road op­tion

Hamilton News - - PROP­ERTY GUIDE - Road Test: Colin Smith Pic­tures: John Bor­ren

The Skoda op­tions for head­ing off-the­beaten-track ex­tend be­yond its new Ko­diaq and Karoq SUV dou­ble act.

The Oc­tavia Wagon line in­cludes a troop of Scout vari­ants boast­ing all-wheel-drive, raised ground clear­ance and a tough­ened up ex­te­rior treat­ment with roof rails, dark gray wheel arch sur­rounds and sil­ver fin­ish front and rear un­der guards.

Oc­tavia Scout is re­ally the Czech al­ter­na­tive to a Subaru Out­back — not only with its wagon de­riv­a­tive de­sign of­fer­ing fam­ily-size in­te­rior space but also a band of pric­ing be­tween $46,890 and $51,890.

Whether it’s a Scout, an Out­back or fur­ther up­mar­ket a Holden Com­modore Tourer, Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat All­track or Volvo V70 Cross Coun­try, the idea of a stylish sta­tion wagon de­sign with the abil­ity to han­dle rougher roads, high-crown gravel tracks and slip­pery sur­faces holds more ap­peal to me than most of the high-rid­ing SUVS that now dom­i­nate the mar­ket.

The Scout puts one of th­ese wagon-based choices into more ac­ces­si­ble reaches of new car pric­ing and de­liv­ers the no­tably space ef­fi­cient pack­ag­ing, clever de­sign touches and ap­peal­ing spec­i­fi­ca­tion that are Skoda brand qual­i­ties.

I drove the Oc­tavia Scout in 1.8-litre TSI petrol spec­i­fi­ca­tion which is $46,890. The al­ter­na­tives are 110kw and 135kw 2.0-litre TDI diesel choices which are $48,890 and $51,890 re­spec­tively. The only sig­nif­i­cant spec­i­fi­ca­tion dif­fer­ence is a seven-speed DSG trans­mis­sion for the lower out­put TDI while the TSI and 135kw TDI mod­els both have a six-speed DSG.

The 1798cc tur­bocharged petrol proves an ef­fec­tive choice for a ve­hi­cle that is clearly de­signed for get­ting out of the city on longer jour­neys. It pro­vides 132kw out­put from 5100-6200rpm and has 280Nm of torque across a 1350-4500rpm range.

With re­spon­sive shifts from the six-speed dual-clutch trans­mis­sion and ra­tios that match the steep rise and flat peak the torque curve it’s a pleas­ingly punchy style of per­for­mance for the twists, turns and long grades of Kiwi high­ways.

The Scout 1.8 TSI cruises at 100km/h us­ing a re­laxed 2000rpm in sixth gear and shifts to 2500rpm in fifth and 3200rpm in fourth to make the most of its ex­tended torque peak. Driv­ers can also se­lect from Nor­mal, Sport, Eco, In­di­vid­ual and Off Road drive modes.

Over my road test the Scout av­er­aged 8.4 litres per 100km while Skoda claims com­bined cy­cle con­sump­tion of 6.6L/100km.

I was im­pressed by the Scout’s se­cure stance on the high­way. It 1798cc, 16-valve four-cylin­der in-line, di­rect in­jec­tion and tur­bocharged petrol 132kw at 5100-6200pm 280Nm at 1350-4500rpm 4687mm 1814mm 1531m 2680mm 1522kg 55 litres Al­loy, 7.5 x 18-inch (op­tion) Bridge­stone Tu­ranza S001 225/40 R 18 ra­dial (op­tion) pro­vides a well-con­trolled ride over lumpy sur­faces and car­ries some pace in the cor­ners with pro­gres­sive body con­trol, con­fi­dent grip and con­sis­tent steer­ing feel which can en­hanced with a Sport set­ting.

The test car had been up­graded from the stan­dard 17-inch wheels to op­tional 18-inch “Braga” al­loys with Bridge­stone Tu­ranza S001 tyres in 225/40 R18 siz­ing which are an $1100 op­tion.

The all-wheel-drive sys­tem and the ground clear­ance — the Scout lifts the stan­dard 139mm of ground clear­ance of an Oc­tavia wagon to 171mm — gives it

con­fi­dence when the high­way changes to some­thing away from the main routes.

While it’s a rea­son­ably com­pact wagon with an over­all length of 4687mm — it spans the bor­der be­tween small-medium and medium wagon di­men­sions — the Scout makes ex­cel­lent use of its space. In par­tic­u­lar there’s gen­er­ous rear seat head­room, plenty of rear footwell space and de­cent legroom. The 60/40 split rear seat folds to con­vert 610 litres of cargo space into 1050 litres.

The Scout can have a vari­able load floor op­tion priced at $450 but that in­volves swap­ping the full­size spare wheel — very use­ful in more re­mote ar­eas — for a space saver. Skoda’s re­mov­able rear cour­tesy light that dou­bles as a recharge­able torch is a clever fea­ture.

There’s plenty of ap­peal in the Scout’s stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion with dual-zone air con­di­tion­ing, eight­way power ad­justable front seats with a four-way power lum­bar ad­juster and three-po­si­tion mem­ory for the driver, a pow­ered tail­gate, al­can­tara seat trim, key­less en­try and push but­ton start, rain sen­sor wipers, rear pri­vacy glass and in­te­rior am­bi­ent light­ing. There’s also the “win­ter” driv­ing treats of heated front seats, heated door mir­rors and a heated steer­ing wheel.

Skoda’s Amund­sen nav­i­ga­tion in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem has a no­tably clear 8.0-inch glass cov­ered screen with crisp dis­play graph­ics and eight-speaker au­dio is stan­dard.

The Scout tack­les night driv­ing with bright LED head­lights and also has rear LED lights.

The Scout also of­fers Lane As­sist and Blind Spot De­tect as­sis­tance while Adap­tive Cruise Con­trol is a $950 op­tion and Park As­sist adds $1000.




Max­i­mum out­put Max­i­mum torque Length .. .. Width .. .. Height .. .. Wheel­base .. Kerb weight .. Fuel tank ca­pac­ity Wheels .. .. Tyres .. .. ..

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

.. .. .. .. .. ..

.. .. .. .. .. ..

.. .. .. .. .. ..



Engine .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.