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I know what you are thinking? ‘Scout’ that’s a funny model name for a car. Let’s not over think this. This is not a car for ‘The Scouts’ that was actually ‘The Scout Association’ which was formed around 1910 by a gentleman called Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell was the founder of the Scout Movement and first Chief Scout of The Boy Scouts Association.

So why call it an Octavia ‘Scout’ then? Well that’s simple. It’s designed to be a rough road ready sort of car. You know the sort of thing: sump guard, engine guard, underbody stone guard and many other features that give it an ability to do some of the things most normal cars with a 4X4 setup can’t do. For example it has a 33mm higher ride height and big manly black rubbing strips all down its flanks so you can take it into the mountains; (well some of them).

Serious for a minute though. The Skoda Octavia is a brilliant piece of engineering that is good in normal format, let alone as a beefed up 4X4 estate.

Engine: My test car was fitted with the lovely 2.0 TDi 184PS unit that is perfect in every way – It pulls like a train and revs like the clappers. Marry that up with a brilliant 4X4 system and a 6 speed DSG gearbox that actually works and you will suddenly find yourself set up perfectly for anything that’s not on tarmac. Here are some of the figures: Combined mpg of 56.5, max speed 136mph and 0-62 time of 7.8sec.

On the road:   The Octavia feels effortless into the corners and that’s down to its 4X4 abilities. Road holding is the Scout’s party piece along with its ability to not get stuck in anything more than a pothole. I don’t say this very often, but the Octavia has the correct balance of ride, handling, steering and braking, as well as additional driver assistance functions that I have not seen in a while. To be honest, the beefed up version of the Octavia has made the original now feel even better.

929469_78034-sko-bInside: Skoda has always taken a hit on bland interior, but I have to say with the ‘Scout’ it’s perfect. This is an interior that will wear well over time.

Some of the standard equipment in the Scout is as follows: 17” Polar Alloys, alcantara & Leather Scout upholstery, cruise control, colour maxi-DOT trip computer, lane assist, off-road mode, rain sensing wipers, rough road package and increased ground clearance of (+33mm). This is just a small amount of what you can expect, dig deeper and the list just keeps going.

 

 

 

 

Safety: Yep, 7 airbags and an array of intelligent systems to keep you safe if you ever find yourself in a difficult situation. One feature I must tell you about though is the Automatic post collision braking system (MKB) in the event of a crash, the MKB which is standard on all Octavia’s will be activated. This recognises when an impact has occurred and brakes the car to prevent it being uncontrollably propelled into oncoming traffic, reducing the risk of further crashes.

To sum up: A brilliant estate car for anyone who doesn’t just want a normal estate car. Brilliant Skoda, just brilliant.

 

Price: £28,200 OTR not including fitted options

 

 

 

About Lyn

LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!) Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef. A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it! In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet. She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef. Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day. Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped. She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen! Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it! After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc. She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength! Lyn’s online published books; Adverse Camber A collection of my published poems. The First Book of Short Stories The Second Book of Short Stories The Third Book of Short Stories. Many of these stories have been previously published. St Anthony of Padua. The Patron St of the Old. A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her. The Girl Who Watched. A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows! Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole. Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95! Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever! Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems. All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd www.andrewsuk.com No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish! They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers. LYN FUNNELL.