Skoda Kodiaq Scout: it's a Skodiaq in hiking boots!

Published: 27 January 2017

► Skoda Kodiaq Scout: first pics
► It’s a beefier, more off-roady Skodiaq
► Due at the 2017 Geneva show

Is there no end to the public’s appetite for toughened SUV looks? Seemingly not, as Skoda has seen fit to dress its new Kodiaq crossover in Scout uniform.

That’s Czech shorthand for off-roader spec, as applied on Yeti, Octavia and Superb ranges. Why make a soft-roader more off-roadery? Heaven knows, but Skoda is confident it’s what crossover-obsessed punters want…

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So what’s new on the Skoda Kodiaq Scout?

This is a modest upgrade, lending the seven-seater Skodiaq a gently more rugged appearance:

  • New silver-coloured underbody protection
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Silvery radiator grille trim
  • Silver roof rails, door mirrors
  • Unique 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Alcantara seats, multifunction steering wheel

Skoda Kodiaq Scout

Four engines – a pair of 2.0 diesels and a 1.4 or 2.0 TSI petrols – will be available on Scout models, and all-wheel drive is standard.

Will it actually go off-road?

Presumably not much beyond the kerbs in Waitrose, in the real world. But Skoda is adamant the Kodiaq Scout has robust mud-plugging ability, with 194mm of ground clearance, a 22deg approach angle and 23deg departure angle – while a slew of electro-nannies maintain traction. 

See the newcomer at the 2017 Geneva motor show.

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet