This represents Škoda’s first entry into the compact SUV segment, combining the refinement of the Octavia with the rugged capability of a 4x4.
The Scout 4x4 is no urban jungle pretender, just as capable in mud, sand or snow thanks to its state-of-the-art four-wheel-drive system and ground clearance of 180mm.
This is largely thanks to its second-generation Haldex clutch mechanism, which allows power to be transferred between the front and rear wheels as and when it is required.
This new version is able to react faster than the first-generation Haldex system, providing increased traction on loose surfaces.
Under the bonnet lies a Volkswagen-sourced 2.0-litre TDI engine with diesel particulate filter which produces 103kW and 320Nm, linked to a six-speed manual transmission.
With direct injection, turbocharging and electronic injection control, fuel consumption is impressive with a combined figure of just 6.6-litres per 100km.
The Octavia Scout 4x4 features a generous list of standard equipment including 17-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, dual zone air con, ESP, 6 airbags, rear acoustic parking sensors, cruise control, twin chrome exhausts and unique ‘Scout’ touches throughout the cabin.
Standard safety equipment is equally impressive with ESP including ABS, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, ASR and six airbags as standard.
The ESP system monitors wiper activation and calculates the time between brake applications – such as on a motorway – and pulses the ABS system to clear any water build-up on the discs to maximise braking potential should it be needed.
With 580-litres of storage capacity– which jumps to 1,620 with the rear seats folded down – and a payload capacity of 660kg, the new Octavia Scout 4x4 is the true all-rounder – with prices starting from $39,990.
CarAdvice will have a full first steer of the new Octavia Scout 4x4 in the coming week.