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£29,775 when new
What’s a Scout? It’s an off-roady version of the Skoda Octavia Estate. Think Audi A4/A6 Allroad, Passat/Golf Alltrack or Mercedes E-Class AllTerrain. 30mm of extra ride height, underbody protection, a dedicated off-road mode with hill-descent control, standard all-wheel drive and some black plastic body mouldings are what separate it from the standard car. So, is it any good off-road? Actually, yes. That Skoda even quote a departure angle (14.5 degrees) shows it’s taking this seriously. We drove the Scout around an off-road course that would’ve unstuck the average crossover, and it had no trouble whatsoever with any of the obstacles. It didn’t scrabble for traction, even though the all-wheel drive system is a Haldex job with a multi-plate clutch ahead of the rear-axle, so It’s basically front-driven until it decides it needs the extra grip. For most, this is all the off-roader you’d ever need. …and on-road?