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Updated Skoda Octavia Scout is revealed

New front-end look tops soft-roader changes.

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The Skoda Octavia Scout soft-roader has been updated to match the rest of the recently facelifted Octavia line-up.

Retaining its all-wheel-drive and ground clearance increased by 30mm over the estate, the new Skoda Octavia Scout gains a revised front-end styling treatment and equipment upgrades.

Visually the most obvious difference is to the headlamps, which are now dual, full-LED units with adaptive technology. LED technology also features in the fog and tail lights.

The approach and departure angles have been increased, to 16.6 and 14.5 degrees respectively, to further aid the car’s off-road abilities. The Octavia Scout also boasts an electronic differential lock on both axles.

Buyers can also specify an off-road function, which maintains a constant speed without needing the driver’s input, particularly downhill.

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New versions of the Skoda Octavia Scout also now feature several of the brand’s ‘Simply Clever’ items, including a heated steering wheel and seats with a ‘Thermo-Flux’ function which, from time to time, increases the air and moisture permeability to make the seats more comfortable in varying climate conditions.

The Skoda Octavia Scout is available with two versions of a 2.0 TDI diesel engine with either 150 or 184hp.

Infotainment systems now replicate those in other Octavias, with central touchscreens and the range-topping versions including a Columbus navigation system with a 9.2-inch monitor and a wi-fi hotspot.

Driver assistance systems are also upgraded, Trailer Assist, Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert all included. Also available is the Crew Protect Assist function, which closes windows and the sunroof in the event of an impending accident and tensions the seat belts on the front seats, and an improved Front Assist function, which includes City Emergency Brake and predictive Pedestrian Protection.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.