David Motton

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Practical Caravan reviews the Skoda Octavia 2.0 TDI Scout, a capable estate with four-wheel drive that should perform well in our rigorous tow car test

Overview

Skoda has taken a leaf from Subaru’s book to make the Octavia Scout. Just as the Outback is a Legacy on stilts, so the Scout is an Octavia Estate with a raised ride height and four-wheel drive.

Towing

This raised ride height and four-wheel drive work well if towing over rough ground, and it helped with the hill starts in wet weather. However, the handbrake needed a determined pull before it held the outfit on the 1-in-6 test hill.

With longer travel suspension, it’s difficult to strike the right balance between comfort and control, yet Skoda has done a good job. While there’s quite a lot of lean through bends, the car kept control over the caravan in our lane-change test, although the AL-KO ATC unit showed some very high G-forces.

Space

In terms of space, the Octavia Scout fared well. There was room for all but one item of luggage – and it was good to see a 12V socket in the boot.

Technical specs

Kerbweight1605 kg
85% KW1364 kg
Towball limit75 kg
Maximum towing limit1600 kg

Verdict

The Practical Caravan review team thought that this was a good value, capable tow car with the benefit of 4WD.

Conclusion

Pros

  • Four-wheel drive is a boon
  • There is a 12V socket in the boot
  • It has a good sized boot

Cons

  • Lean through curves when towing
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