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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.
Used Octavia with guarantee
The Scout only gains three centimeters of ground clearance
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
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.
|engine||Four-cylinder / front across|
|Valves / camshafts||4/2|
|power||135 kW (184 hp) at 3500 rpm|
|Torque||380 Nm at 1750 rpm|
|Speed limit||219 km / h|
|0-100 km / h||7.4 s|
|Tank / fuel||55 l / diesel|
|Gearbox / drive||Six-speed double / all-wheel|
|L / W / H||4687/1814/1531 mm|
|Trunk volume||610-1740 l|
|Empty weight / payload||1574/554 kg|
The start button is not very reliable
|Test consumption||7.1 l D / 100 km|
|CO2||188 g / km|
|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 pump||473 euros|
|Timing belt||536 euros|
|Rear silencer||1140 euros|
|Left front fender, painted||726 euros|
|Brake discs and blocks||464 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|