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Skoda Octavia Scout price and specs announced

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Off-roaders are big business in the UK, with more and more buyers queuing to put a 4x4 on the drive. But what do you do if you need four-wheel-drive and lots of space, but don’t want an SUV? Well, Skoda may have the answer in the form of the Octavia Scout.

The Scout is much like a regular Octavia Estate but comes with added mud-plugging credentials; with four-wheel-drive and raised ground clearance compared to the regular estate, the Scout should be able to take mild off-roading in its stride. However, you won’t have to pay a huge premium at the pumps, as the Scout returns a combined fuel economy figure of 55.4mpg.  

Two 2.0-litre diesel engines are available from launch – a 148bhp unit with a six-speed manual gearbox and a 182bhp model with a six-speed DSG automatic. Both engines provide strong performance taking 9.1 seconds and 7.8 seconds respectively to accelerate to 62mph from a standstill.

The Scout has a rugged look with new bumper designs, plastic and silver body trim, chunky 17-inch alloy wheels and a 33mm increase in ride height – taking the total to 171mm – enough for most scenarios owners will find themselves in. All versions include underbody protection, which should prevent damage to the engine and other vital components if you head off-road.

On the inside the Octavia Scout has all the practicality of the standard Octavia Estate – including its vast boot. Passenger space is equally generous with class leading legroom for rear passengers. The Scout also has brown leather and alcantara seats for a more upmarket feel. You get useful details like a standard double-sided boot floor too, which you can flip depending on the load you’re carrying and an ice scraper under the fuel filler cap.

Skoda claims that the car is just as competent on tarmac as off-road – with a high level of on road refinement in addition to its off-road abilities. When driving gently, power is sent solely to the front wheels to maximise economy.  Overall economy is an average of 20 per cent better than the previous generation Octavia Scout. The car also has a hefty towing capacity of 2,000kg.

Several new bits of kit are offered including a rear view camera and automatic park assist where the car parks itself for you. All models are available with up to nine airbags and plenty of safety technology including Crew Protection Assistant, which prepares the seatbelts, closes the sunroof and opens windows in the event of a collision.

Prices start at £25,315 for the 148bhp model and £27,990 for the automatic 182bhp version. The Octavia Scout is available to buy now.

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