Oc­tavia Scout vs Leon X-pe­ri­ence

Skoda and SEAT 4WD es­tates lock horns on and off road to de­cide which is bet­ter

Auto Express - - Road tests -

BRI­TAIN’S weather is no­to­ri­ous for not play­ing ball. Even in the sum­mer it’s not un­usual to get a sud­den down­pour, while con­di­tions in the win­ter can be truly treach­er­ous. That’s why cars such as the Skoda Oc­tavia Scout and SEAT Leon X-pe­ri­ence have gained trac­tion – both lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively.

Th­ese jacked-up, four-wheel-drive es­tates of­fer all the prac­ti­cal­ity you want from a fam­ily wagon, along with good grip and all-weather abil­ity, but at a more af­ford­able price than an SUV.

Th­ese two lat­est con­tenders to hit the mar­ket are both from VW Group man­u­fac­tur­ers and, there­fore, use sim­i­lar un­der­pin­nings, so the dif­fer­ence will come down to how they’ve been set up, the kit they of­fer and the ef­fi­ciency they can de­liver, as well as the all-im­por­tant fac­tor of price. We test them on and off road to see which is bet­ter.

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