You may know the Skoda Octavia Scout as a rugged off-roadery version of the popular estate car. It features raised suspension and all-wheel drive, which made it a pleasing oddity to behold. UK-based fans of the Scout may be happy to hear that it’s returning for 2021, but unfortunately for civilians, purchases will only be for the UK’s emergency services.
Based on Skoda’s estate wagon, the Scout has been given a bit of ruggedness to make driving over diverse terrain slightly more bearable. Skoda claims that the new generation crossover/wagon fusion is said to be the most capable yet, and will come in a choice of 2.0L turbocharged diesel engines that will produce either 150PS or 200PS. They will be paired with an all-wheel-drive DSG transmission, which the Czech automaker is convinced will be a great addition to a fleet required to carry out special duties.
The standout aspect of the Scout compared to the rest of the Octavia series is its proclaimed off-road capabilities. Compared to the regular Octavia estate, the Scout comes with a total ground clearance of 161mm (15mm more than the standard Octavia). The “rough road package” offers a rear axle skid plate, revised springs, and Scout-specific chassis tuning. Couple that with an array of stability systems (ABS, ASR, ESC) that, in conjunction with the optional Off-Road function, are adjusted specifically for rough terrain, you apparently have a competent SUV challenger.
But even with its added height and fancy new bits and pieces, it still manages to remain very much an Octavia, with emphasis on comfort and drivability with aspects such as a 10″ touch screen infotainment system, USB C outlets, and Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink compatibility. Perhaps most important to ambulance, fire, and police teams, you get an exceptionally practical 640-liter boot.
Skoda’s ‘one-stop-shop,’ which will cater exclusively to emergency service fleets, is ready to make modifications to suit the customer’s intended purpose for the Scout, making its purchase a complete package.