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now Out Here Is Sometimes Notice Things You Wouldn't Ordinarily See Take This For Example The Skoda Octavia Scout Now It's Often Overlooked And Might Surprise You That The Scout Has Been On Sale In Australia Since 2008 This Latest Generation Arriving In 2014 It's Essentially A Jacked-up 4x4 Version Of The Skoda Octavia Wagon. So, Let's Go And Take A Look At This Scout And See, If It Has The Necessary Skills To Earn Its Merit Badge For Being A Wagon Let's Start With The Boot The 1.2 TSI Scores A Power Tailgate And Although Still A Mid-sized Car It's No Cub Scout There's A 588 Litre Boot Which Expands To Over 1,700 Litres When You Fold The Seats Thanks For These Handy Releases There's Plenty Of Hooks And Looks To Store Your Waddle Plus You Get This Handy Mat Which When Rubber Side Up Can Help Protect Against Wet Stuff Put The Carpet Side There And You Can Use These Handy Velcro Barriers To Secure A Load Well Back Here It's Pretty Impressive Headroom And Reasonably Good Legroom What You Will Notice Though Is That My Shoulder Is Overlapping The Centre Seat Which Combined With The Raised Floor For The 4x4 Transmission Means That Sitting Three Across In The Back Of The Scout Is Going To Be Pretty Squeezy That's Okay Though Because, If There's Just Two Of You Here You Can Use The Centre Armrest And It's Integrated Cupholders Now The Bench Itself Is Pretty Flat, But It's Not Uncomfortable The CETA Are A Nice Quality Fabric Plus There Are A 2.

ISOFIX Anchor Points A Ski Port Air Vents Matt Pockets And Bins In The Doors Although Not Very Big Ones Now Up Here The Driving Position And Outward Visibility Are Both Pretty Good The Heated Leather And Alcantara Seats While Manually Adjustable Are Comfortable And Supportive, But Probably The Best Thing And Something Old Baden-powell Himself Would Have Been Proud Of This Scout Is Very Well Equipped There's Basically Everything You Need An Automatic Parking Function Along With Front And Rear Parking Sensors And A Reverse Camera You Get LED Lights Keyless Entry Keyless Start Dual Zone Climate Control Even A Chilled Glovebox There's Radar-guided Cruise Control And Lane Departure Assist In The Center Here Is An Eight-inch Color Touchscreen Which As Well As Handling The Phone And Audio You Get Satellite Navigation Which Comes With My Favorite Feature The Rocket Plus Being A Skoda There's Some Clever Little Features That Are Worth Calling Out The Phone Box Here Has The GPRS Antenna Built Around It. So, Leaving Your Phone In There Boosts Its Signal And Lowers Your Battery Drain, But, If You Don't Put It There Is A Handy Phone Holder Built Into The Cup Holders Let's Go For A Drive At Being The 132 TSI The Scat Has A 1.8 Liter Four-cylinder Turbocharged Petrol Engine With 132 Kilowatts And 280 Newton Meters Of Torque For The Most Part It's Okay It's Not As Talky As Its 135 TDI Diesel Sibling, But It's Got Pretty Good Response In The Mid Rev Range Which Is Where You Need It One Thing Though It Is A Bit Thirsty We've Seen Been Over Ten Point Two Liters Per 100 Consumption Well Up On Scoters Claim Of 7.1 For A Combined Cycle Now The Gearbox Is Pretty Good At Switching Gears Smoothly On The Move As Well It Should, But Of Lower Speeds Particularly In Traffic It Tends To Be Quite Slow To React And Elastic In Its Response This Is Made Particularly Evident When Moving From A Standstill And Only Amplified, If Using The SCOTUS Start/stop Function Don't Believe Me And That's Almost The Full Three-second Gap Not Great Generally Though The Right Of The Scout Is Actually Pretty Good It's Quiet In Here And Over Most Services Is Very Compliant And A Pretty Comfortable Place To Be Over Some Harsher Bumps Like Big Speed Humps Around Town You May Hear The Rear-end Crash A Bit, But Generally It's Not Too Bad The Steering's Light, But Gives You Adequate Feel And Generally The Car Is Very Easy To Live With And Easy To Drive And Being A 4x4 Means The Scat Can Leave The Tarmac And Handle Itself On Gravel Roads With Full Capability The Octavia Scout Might Not Be The First Crossover Wagon That Most Buyers Think Of That Title Goes To The Subaru Outback While A Subaru Might Be A Little Bit Bigger And Arguably A Bit More Polished Despite Its European Heritage The Skoda Is Actually Cheaper To Buy And Cheaper To Service. So, As A Complete Package Does It Hold True To The Motto Of Be Prepared In Our Opinion Yes Scouts Honor.