Used car test: Skoda Octavia Scout –

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The third generation of the Skoda Octavia has expired. Good for bargain hunters! The Octavia as a scout with all-wheel drive in the used car test.

Du are all i want! A colleague was drawn to this emotional statement after a long business trip together. Unfortunately she didn’t mean me, but the Skoda Octavia, which was still in AUTO BILD’s endurance test fleet in 2016. Comprehensible, the Czech station wagon didn’t even look serious over 100,000 kilometers and always felt like the better Golf: comfortable, fast, the operation very well thought-out and – especially considering the dimensions – blessed with a lot of space. On the other hand, you have to like the modest appearance and the generally rather calm type of Octavia. “Like a good, reliable buddy, but you don’t want sex from” – that’s how the previous owner describes the character of the white Skoda Octavia Scout. The only two-year-old four-wheel drive (standard on the Scout) is a re-import from Sweden. Kindly on board: a parking heater that is rarely found in our latitudes. The previous owner almost completed our long-term test workload in just 25 months. After a little more than 96,000 kilometers, there was almost no abnormality on her “Octi”, let alone a failure.

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The Scout only gains three centimeters of ground clearance

Skoda Octavia Scout

The 184-horsepower is not necessary, because the 150-horsepower TDI pushes strong enough and surprisingly can even pull 200 kilos more.

The scout was not spared in hanging operation with horses and many trips on unpaved, bumpy routes. During our test drive, memories of the long-term Octavia came up: With its 150 hp, it hardly felt any weaker than the 184 hp version of the 2.0 TDI (EA 288) that is in our test car. There are two reasons for this. For one thing, the actual output of the 150 PS versions is often above the factory specification. On the other hand, the all-wheel drive Scout has around 150 kilograms more on its ribs. In conjunction with the raised body, this not only throttles the perceived power of the compression-ignition engine, but also noticeably increases consumption. The semi-off-roader consumes a good liter more diesel in test consumption over 100 kilometers. Speaking of off-road. Prospective buyers should consider that the Scout rises almost seven centimeters higher than an Octavia with standard chassis. The effective gain in ground clearance is a mere three centimeters. This is not the only reason why you should be careful off paved roads, because the Scout only simulates an underride guard with silver-colored plastic. But it is enough for many foresters who like to use the jacked-up Octavia as a company car.

There is a lot to be said for the facelift Octavia

Skoda Octavia Scout

From the facelift, the DCC adjustable chassis could be ordered for the Octavia, which makes the Czech roll more comfortably.

As in the endurance test Octavia, a six-speed dual clutch transmission sorts the speed steps in our Scout. And the facelift model actually looks a little more clever. The DSG engages more smoothly, especially when it comes to brisk traffic light starts and when maneuvering. In the meantime, they seem to have got the hang of it. Every 60,000 kilometers, Skoda carries out an oil change with filter in the DSG with couplings running in an oil bath. The service should not be missed even in old age, because the around 300 euros are a good investment in the durability of the transmission. And there are other points that speak for the facelifted Octavia III. We do not mean the modified front section, which in turn reminds us of the pre-facelift model of the E-Class, series 212, with its double rectangular headlights. No, it’s the suspension that does a better job after the facelift. Especially if the previous owner has invested in the recommended adaptive dampers. But even without DCC, the lifted Octavia rolls over potholes more relaxed. The fixed-working infotainment system is worth mentioning. Apart from that, most of it stayed the same.

Technical specifications
engineFour-cylinder / front across
Valves / camshafts4/2
Displacement1968 cm³
power135 kW (184 hp) at 3500 rpm
Torque380 Nm at 1750 rpm
Speed ​​limit219 km / h
0-100 km / h7.4 s
Tank / fuel55 l / diesel
Gearbox / driveSix-speed double / all-wheel
L / W / H4687/1814/1531 mm
Trunk volume610-1740 l
Empty weight / payload1574/554 kg

The start button is not very reliable

One of the few weak points is the starter button, which is often installed instead of a normal ignition lock. In the long-term test, a defect soon appeared, after more and more finger pressure had to be used to persuade the Octavia to ignite. We also experienced something similar in the endurance test of the Skoda Kodiaq, where the starter could only be persuaded to work after about every fifth push. A workshop employee explained that “things are falling out in rows”. The counter costs around 40 euros, can be exchanged in 20 minutes, but in extreme cases leaves the Skoda lying around. After all, the damage usually announces itself before there is a complete failure. Apart from this quirk, the Octavia is one thing above all – very mature. We therefore have only one question: what more do you want?

Conclusion by Stefan Novitski: You should be patient with the purchase until the successor presses on the prices of the third generation. Always check with the scout: How hard was the car taken by the previous owner? Judgment: 4.5 out of five points.

Test consumption7.1 l D / 100 km
CO2188 g / km
inspection280-450 euros
Liability (14) *445 euros
Part comprehensive (22) *125 euros
Fully comprehensive (19) *557 euros
Motor vehicle tax (Euro 6)266 euros
Spare parts prices **
Alternator (AT)651 euros
Starter (AT)483 euros
water pump473 euros
Timing belt536 euros
Rear silencer1140 euros
Left front fender, painted726 euros
Brake discs and blocks464 euros
* Online tariff of HUK24 insurance: approval in Hamburg, driver only policyholder and partner (25 years old), annual mileage 15,000 km, damage-free class 1; ** Prices including wages and 19 percent sales tax


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