When I hear or read the word ‘Scout’ and see it associated with 4×4 my mind begins to think of ungainly looking 4WD utes of years gone by but there’s nothing old or ungainly looking about the Skoda Octavia Scout 4×4.
In fact it’s a rather smart looking station wagon that hides it’s 4×4 capabilities under a sleek exterior that wouldn’t be out of place in any major city around the world. But looks can be deceiving because the Skoda Scout DSG will take you off the beaten track and bring you back again.
With the new Octavia Scout 4×4 we see the introduction of a second model. Of course there’s the base model that comes with standard features such as six air bags, ESP, ABS, EBD, ASR and Hill Hold Control, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, multi-function trip computer, satellite navigation, heated front seats and cruise control.
And then there’s the Premium model that adds privacy windows, electric sunroof, leather upholstery and electric driver’s seat with memory.
Both models are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 103kW of power at 4,200rpm. Maximum torque of 320Nm cuts in between 1750 and 2500rpm.
Power to the road is transmitted through a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed DSG box. Acceleration isn’t fantastic but then this isn’t meant to be a sports car masquerading as a station wagon. Top speed is 199km/h and from a standing start it will reach 100km/h in 10.1 seconds.
Fuel consumption is 7.6L/100km around town and 5.3L/100km on the open road.
The electronic Haldex clutch in the Skoda Octavia Scout is actually located towards the rear of the vehicle, close to the rear axle. It is based on a multi-segment clutch with
discs in an oil bath. As the oil pressure in the box increases, the discs gradually close together, resulting in the transmission of torque to the rear wheels. The pressure in the box is generated by two axial piston pumps.
However, they work only if the revolutions of the input and output shafts differ. Only then is transmission of torque to the rear axle needed. The system is controlled by a system of regulating valves via signals from an electronic control unit.
The electronic control unit evaluates all the necessary information such as wheel speed, accelerator pedal position, engine speed, and data from the chassis stability programmes. This information is received via the car’s CAN Bus and is used to regulate the value and development of the hydraulic pressure on the clutch discs.
The clutch can vary the torque distribution ratio between the front and rear wheels from 98:2 up to 2:98.
When braking, the Haldex clutch automatically disconnects, to increase stability. If a sensor fails or the control unit receives questionable information, the clutch goes into a structured ‘emergency’ programme. If the signals from the wheel revolution sensors are interrupted, the clutch is deactivated for safety reasons and torque is transmitted to the front wheels only.
The DSG gearbox
This box can operate in either economy or sports mode. In sports mode the gear changes come at higher revs while the economy mode maximizes fuel economy. As with most automatic transmissions these days the DSG box gives the driver two choices … full automatic or Tiptronic where the driver makes the gear changes.
Most people who buy station wagons do so because they want the extra carrying capacity and the Skoda Octavia Scout 4×4 will give you some decent carrying capacity for its size. With the rear seats up there is 580 litres of luggage space and when you fold the rear seats down that increases to 1620 litres.
All prices listed here do not include dealer delivery or government charges.
Octavia Scout 4×4 6-speed manual $39,490
Octavia Scout 4×4 6-speed DSG $41,790
Octavia Scout 4×4 Premium 6-speed manual $43,490
Octavia Scout 4×4 Premium 6-speed DSG $45,790