The Škoda Octavia is one of our favourite small tow cars, and now we’re testing the new Octavia Scout. It’s based on the Octavia Estate but with a raised ride height and four-wheel drive.

It’s heavier than the standard version, which makes it a suitable match for a wider range of tourers, and its ability to send power to all four wheels should make for stable towing in slippery conditions. We’re testing the 150PS (148bhp) model, priced at £25,530.

We’re keen to find out what tow car ability the Škoda Octavia Scout has. Can it justify its price premium over the standard estate, especially because this can be ordered with four-wheel drive? During our test we’ll also scrutinise its credentials as a practical family car.