No point in sugar-coating this: if your shopping European wagons, compact SUVs or ‘Crossovers’ and the Skoda Octavia Scout isn’t on your list…well your research is just crook.
Skoda has just launched a revised Octavia Scout lineup – all offer standard all-wheel-drive and pricing starts at just $39,490.
This time around, Skoda has added a range-topping model called the ‘Prestige’ (priced from $43,490) which gains Alcantara leather seats, electric adjustment for the drivers’ seat, 17-inch alloy wheels and an electric glass sunroof. That’s on top of the standard Skoda Octavia Scout specifications which include satellite navigation, dual-zone climate control air, six airbags and rear parking sensors.
Under the bonnet is Volkswagen’s 103kW/320Nm common-rail turbo-diesel, driving through either a six-speed manual or six-speed, twin-clutch DSG (the latter an addition for 2011). Fuel consumption is an impressive 6.1l/100kms and exhaust C02 emissions are rated at 160g/km.
Luggage space is also amongst the best – 580-litres with the 60/40 split-fold rear seat in place or 1,620-litres with the seat folded.
A reminder – Skoda is the Czech Republic brand of the Volkswagen Group so that means indisputable Volkswagen technology and build quality…but not a Volkswagen price sticker.
Really the Octavia Scout – like the rest of the Skoda lineup – is a steal.
The full range is:
Octavia Scout 6-speed manual $39,490
Octavia Scout 6-speed DSG $41,790
Octavia Scout Premium 6-speed manual $43,490
Octavia Scout Premium 6-speed manual $45,790