Rugged Skoda Octavia Scout revised for 2017
04 January 2017
Author: James Richardson
Following on from the unveiling of the facelifted Skoda Octavia hatchback, estate and the vRS hot hatch, revisions for the 2017 Skoda Octavia Scout have been announced.
On the outside, it gets the styling revisions of the other models in the range, with the brand-new front end featuring the same all-LED double headlights either side of the wider front grille. For 2017, the rear lights are also now all-LED items, but are arranged in the same 'C' shape as on the previous model.
Differentiating the Scout from the estate versions is a 30mm raised ride height, black plastic cladding all around the bottom of the car and silver plastic skid plates at each end.
All versions also come with silver roof rails and new LED fog lights. The standard Rough Road Package features plastic protection for the underside of the car, including the brake and fuel lines to help avoid damage during off-road driving.
It comes with a choice of two 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engines, producing 150- and 184hp respectively. The less powerful variant manages 56.5mpg and 130g/km of CO2, while the more powerful model returns 55.4mpg on official test, which equates to CO2 emissions of 133g/km. If registered before the end of March this year, both models sit in the 26% BiK tax bracket, although this will rise to 28% from April onwards.
All models come with a six-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel drive as standard, as well as an electronic differential lock (EDL) and better front and rear ramp angles to give the car better off-road performance.
Like the rest of the updated Octavia range, the new Scout comes with a host of revised connectivity systems, with top-spec models coming with a 9.2-inch touchscreen system including a wifi hotspot and Skoda's comprehensive Connect system. This includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink mobile phone connectivity.
Also available on the new car will be a host of driver assistance systems, including Trailer Assist, which helps the driver reverse park accurately when towing, Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert. It will also come with a Crew Protect Assist system that closes the windows and sunroof if an impending accident is detected, while City Emergency Brake and Pedestrian Protection systems are also included.