Skoda Octavia Scout 2014: new rugged estate revealed

4 Mar, 2014 3:01pm Luke Madden

New Skoda Octavia Scout makes its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show

The new Skoda Octavia Scout 2014 is a more rugged, raised version of the Golf-based Octavia, set to be introduced to the UK this summer.

Skoda Octavia Scout review

And the wraps have just come off it at the Geneva Motor Show. It follows the same formula as its predecessor, so it’s fitted with plastic cladding and a ride height increased by 33mm.

To go with its new off-road styling the Scout gets a four-wheel-drive system and improved approach and departure angles so it can tackle more challenging terrain compared with the old Scout.

Skoda Octavia estate review

Underneath the bonnet will be a choice of 2.0 TDI diesel engines or a 1.8-litre TSI turbo petrol. The maximum towing weight is now up by 25 per cent to two tonnes, while a 3-spoke multi-function steering wheel and 17-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard.

“Our new model is a scout in the best sense and offers customers a unique package, comprising a striking off-road look, impressive all-wheel characteristics, plenty of space and modern safety, comfort and engine technologies. The new Octavia Scout sets new standards in the crossover-vehicle segment,” said Dr. Frank Welsch, Skoda member of the board of management for technical development.

Skoda produces a range of Scout models, including the Roomster and Fabia Estate, though neither of those is available with four-wheel drive fitted.

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It'll be fine for when we get snow or minor off road use, unlike a proper 4x4, but then again you're dealing with what is in all essence a family estate car.

As usual, the Škoda product is better and more sensible choice than any equivalent produced by its adoptive parent company.

Terrible ugly!

It's a lot better looking than a Kia Sportage & most other attempts at a 4x4/AWD, and it will hold it's residuals better, drive better, have a greater cargo capacity and go further too.

I like Skoda Octavia Scout 2014: new rugged estate revealed

And that's its charm. No blingy show-off vehicle but all the 4x4 that the vast majority of people will ever need. And reasonable fuel consumption into the bargain.

Not actually ugly I think. Surprisingly it is a little less bland than has become the Skoda norm. We live in hope!

Interesting that the new Octavia Scout is much less "Scout-ish" than the previous one, and when compared with a standard 4x4 estate fitted with the rough road pack (£150) which includes full underbody protection and a raised ride height, all you gain are some plastic body panels and a little bit more ride height increase (33mm in place of 15mm). There seem to be no differences to the 4x4 capabilities (no Yeti-like off-road button). So personally I think I would not bother with the the Scout but stick with a standard 4x4 estate with the RRP. Not that this is a criticism of the Octavia which is a great car, but I think that Skoda have undercooked the changes for the Scout.

The vast majority of people in the UK would get by with 2 spare wheels from the scrap yard fitted with winter tyres. When it snows enough then switch them onto the front axle of a front wheel drive car. That would deal with any conditions seen in lowland UK since 1947.

You only fit winter tyres in 4's not 2's.

Have an accident with just 2 on they'll throw the book at you & you'll possibly find yourself uninsured.

Fit 4 or none.

@WinderUpper: Sorry but I disagree with your total dismissal of any benefit from 4WD in snowy conditions. Yes, it is possible to get around in snowy conditions with a 2WD car. But I have a lot of experience with both 4WD and 2WD in snow and believe me when I say that a 4WD vehicle is much more secure with vastly better traction. It doesn't have to be a big blingy SUV, but there is still a big difference between 2WD and 4WD.

There is no law stating that all tyres must match. You can have a different tyre on each wheel as long as they are the right size and correct rating for the vehicle.

nic: Yes of course 4WD cars have grip advantage over 2WD, but in the conditions that we see in lowland UK 2WD is more than sufficient with the correct tyres. Also, during braking (arguably more important than grip in slippy conditions) then the 4WD advantage is wiped out because all cars are 4 wheel braking and have 4 surface contact points.

BTW, I drive 4WD, but only because I tow a horsebox frequently in mud. But for normal on road driving, there is no significant advantage over 2WD for a competent driver.

Entirely agree that braking is a very significant factor, but it is only part of the story. Traction is also useful, particularly going up hills and round corners! Finally I know which I prefer driving even when it is not snowy - 4WD is much more satisfying and as I say I drive both types of cars very regularly. One example of the benefit is when pulling out of side junctions when it is wet, and of course cornering is also much more secure in the wet. I am not suggesting that it is not possible to drive 2WD cars safely in these conditions, but I am saying that it is much more pleasant with 4WD.

I've never had any problem in any conditions driving in the UK, and I drive a 2WD car with only summer tyres. We just don't get the bad weather conditions you see in other countries. The real problem is driver training, and people think that a 4WD is the answer when it isn't. We don't need mechanical traction we just need skills and ability. I think this ridiculous faith in 4WD is the reason that last snow the only cars I saw stuck or in ditches were Rav4s and Freelanders. Misplaced confidence in vehicles that cost more to buy, run and service and deliver questionable benefit. It's the UK, not the arctic or northern Canada.

I wouldn't want to test that in a court of law, you just know what a lawyer will do to you & that's rip you to shreds citing negligence.

Never give insurers or money grabbing lawyers a darn chance!

I'm not saying that anyone NEEDS 4WD, but I do stick to my basic assertion that 4WD is more secure on the road and more pleasant to drive, with more consistent grip whatever the weather or road conditions. Given the choice between a 4WD and a 2WD version of the same car I would choose the 4WD version every time.

Trolling portuguese ford fanboy strikes again! Jealous because Ford cannot compete with Octavia.

Agree Skoda do have some plain looking cars, but their functionality cannot be faulted. Prefer an anonymous looking car that delivers in every area, than a so-called retro /overstyled box that doesn't do anything particularly well or excel in any area.