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By James Foxall
27 February 2007 08:23
It’s Skoda’s way of describing mildly tweaked ‘off-road’ versions of its cars. With this model, it’s taken the Octavia 4x4 estate and made it longer, wider and higher by raising the ride height and adding extra body kit. The result actually looks quite sensible. Lifting a car by four centimetres might not sound much, but it gives the rather bland Octavia a darn sight more presence on the road. And those chunky plastic body mouldings that run from front to back help, too.
It’s got foglamps and silver-coloured skid plates to protect the underside from any errant kerbs around town. Inside, it’s like being in a top-of-the-range Octavia and then some. There’s a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather around the gearlever gaiter, too. There’s plenty of other kit such as automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers. And there’s a chunky grab handle in front of the passenger which, bearing in mind the car’s modest abilities off-road, may be taking the rugged 4x4 theme a bit too far.
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Skoda Octavia Scout 2.0 CAR review
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RE: Skoda Octavia Scout 2.0 CAR review
We have a 57 reg Scout diesel which replaced an Audi Allroad. The car has now completed 38,000 trouble free miles. It is perfect for all sorts of sporting adventures, as it has a good combination of motorway cruising ability with the advantage of being able to go along country tracks and into forests and to rivers. It averages 45mpg and is used and driven enthusiastically. We also have the use of a couple of newish Nissan Navaras. Whilst it does not have their off road capability, in reality this is rarely tested for our type of use. Compared to the 29mpg the Audi would achieve, the economy of the Scout is great. We haven't got it stuck yet. Maybe this is because it is quite light so doesn't push itself into the mud too much, or maybe we arn't hard enough. I would say that it goes about as well as the Allroad too. In all, it is a great car and we would recommend it. I don't see many others about too (saw a white one today). Good value for money to considering it would appear to be a stretched Audi A3 Quattro for considerably less dosh(18k-ish). When you open the bonnet all the castings are stamped with the 5 Audi rings. Lovely car.
19 February 2009 21:36
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