Skoda’s Scout sub-brand isn’t precisely an authentic theme within the Volkswagen Group, with Audi, VW and SEAT all providing an identical off-road-ready variations of present fashions. Yet the speculation has all the time fitted best possible with the Czech corporate’s sensible and no-nonsense means. The Octavia and Superb had been the primary to take pleasure in the Scout remedy, and now the Kodiaq SUV has been given the rugged makeover.
While the type’s two property stablemates wanted vital revisions to verify they’re able to tackling greater than a muddy automotive park, the Kodiaq’s SUV standing offers it a head get started. Externally, the tweaks are extra delicate than on different Scouts, and are restricted to distinctive wheels, some additional badging and silver-painted skidplates entrance and rear. You’d be arduous driven to identify the Kodiaq Scout with out having a look on the badge, however a minimum of it doesn’t destroy the auto’s stylish design.
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Even so, off-road fans might be upset via the tiny building up in flooring clearance (a trifling 6mm has been added), and despite the fact that there’s additional underbody coverage, it’s now not in particular in depth.
The Scout has extra substance hidden away, although. Skoda is treating it extra like a spread flagship, throwing in package comparable to the most important Columbus sat-nav and infotainment, WiFi, adaptive LED headlights and Alcantara seat trim.
Off-road mode, which units up the powertrain for low-speed mud-plugging, is usual, too. Hill descent keep watch over and an digital diff lock also are integrated. That’s helpful package, however it's all non-compulsory on a normal Kodiaq 4x4, which begins from just about £6,000 much less.
On the street, you’ll be happy to listen to the Kodiaq’s dealing with is in large part unaffected. There’s no disguising the auto’s bulk thru corners, however it’s extra managed than with different in a similar way sized SUVs. The large wheels can permit sharp bumps to have an effect on the cabin, even if the journey is usually relaxed.
The flagship 187bhp diesel we drove has an identical efficiency figures to the common Kodiaq, and offers respectable tempo. Efficiency additionally impresses; once more, it’s the similar as that of the standard type.
Scout badges at the seats apart, there are few adjustments inside of – however that’s now not a subject, as a result of even at this value the cabin is impressively forged and nicely designed. In reality, it feels remarkably sumptuous. However, maximum consumers might be at an advantage saving a large chew of money (or decreasing their per month fee) with an already well-specced SE-L.
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