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Skoda Octavia Scout Premium (2011)

by John Ewing,reviewed October 2011

Only time will tell if a new higher specification model, the Scout Premium and the option of a self-shifting gearbox will, as the company hopes, be enough to reverse the under whelming sales performance of the Czech brand’s soft-roader.
Extra standard equipment on Premium includes a sunroof, leather/alcantra trim and power driver’s seat.

The 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine upgrades to common rail technology.

Performance isn’t startling, but with 320Nm of torque, mid-range response is solid. The DSG shifts promptly and is a welcome improvement over the manual box in city traffic. Tidy, secure handling and responsive steering remain Scout virtues.

Skoda’s all-wheel-drive wagon is better suited to all-road use than scouting into the rough stuff.
Skoda Octavia Scout Premium 2011

For

Solid mid range, DSG

Against

Firm ride

Key features

Dual front climate control, 17” alloys, rear park sensors, heated front seats, leather/alcantra trim, sunroof, power driver’s seat, touch-screen navigation system with 30GB hard drive, rear privacy glass, cruise control

Safety

Dual front/front side/curtain airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC, TCS, hill-hold control, rain-sensing wipers

Car Details

Vehicle make Skoda
Vehicle model Octavia Scout Premium
Vehicle type SUV Over $40,000
Year 2011
Price when new $45,790 (with DSG) MLP
Current price range $ - $
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Engine 2.0-litre 4 cyl, common-rail, direct injection turbo-diesel

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.