Skoda Octavia Scout updated
31st March, 2011
The Skoda Octavia Scout is becoming even more
attractive. The Octavia Scout 4x4 is broadening its range and now includes the highly-efficient DSG
transmission and a top-of-the-range premium model.
Fuel efficiency, comfort, versatility and affordability have finally culminated in the form of the
Octavia Scout 4x4 with DSG transmission. Now available with an attractive drivetrain package which
combines the economical 103TDI engine with an automatic, twin-clutch, six-speed DSG transmission, a
clever all-wheel drive system, and an extensive list of standard features, the Octavia Scout appeals
to the buyer looking for the best all-round package.
The highly-innovative DSG gearbox is characterised by maximum economy and gear-shifting dynamics.
The DSG transmission can operate in two modes – fully automated and manual Tiptronic. In both modes,
shifts are executed extremely efficiently with none of the performance loss usually experienced with
traditional automatics. The driver can also select between economy or sports mode. In sports mode the
transmission changes gear at higher engine speeds, helping to maximise power output and therefore
acceleration. In economy mode the transmission changes at lower engine speeds, resulting in lower
Standard safety features on the Octavia Scout include six airbags and ESP (Electronic Stability
Programme) including ABS, EBD, ASR and Hill Hold Control. The all-wheel drive system, Skoda’s
fourth-generation Haldex clutch, represents the best in modern all-wheel drive technology. It works
with other onboard electronic systems and has an exceptionally fast response time.
Setting a new benchmark in refinement is the new Octavia Scout 4x4 Premium model. This model is
for those buyers looking for the best all-rounder, but with a little more luxury. On top of the
generous standard equipment range, which includes ‘Columbus’ satellite navigation on the standard
Octavia Scout 4x4, the distinguishing exterior features for the Octavia Scout 4x4 Premium are
electric glass sunroof, privacy glass from B-pillar, and ‘Proteus’ 17” polished alloy wheels. New
interior features include Alcantara leather appointed upholstery and electric driver’s seat with
“We are excited to offer what we believe is the best all-round package in this segment”,
said Matthew Wiesner, Head of Škoda Australia.
“With the new DSG transmission and Premium model additions, we are able to offer a unique
package which appeals to a wider audience.”
DESIGN AND DIMENSIONS
As with the standard Octavia, Scout drivers benefit from a large, comfortable and well-appointed
cabin. The four-spoke multifunction steering wheel, gearlever and handbrake are trimmed in leather.
Special seat fabric and a grab handle on the dashboard ahead of the passenger seat are other unique
In terms of appearance, the Octavia Scout 4x4 features a host of styling additions designed to
be both functional and eye-catching. Big bumpers at the front and rear, moulded side protective
strips and profiled door sills give the Scout a distinctive look and offer greater protection for
the bodywork. Black roof rails reinforce the practical nature of the design, and the fitted
foglights with corner function underline the vehicle’s off-road appearance.
The Octavia Scout 4x4’s solid looking 17” ‘Proteus’ alloy wheels (polished for the new Premium
model) look rugged and hardwearing, and together with the unique Scout badging and polished double
stainless steel exhaust tailpipes, complete the design package.
The Octavia Scout 4x4 is 4,584 mm long, 1,784 mm wide and is 1,583 mm high at 180 mm ground
clearance. Octavia Scout 4x4 models have modified springs which raise the ride height by 40 mm over
the standard Octavia Wagon.
The standard 580-litre luggage compartment can be increased to 1,620 litres by folding the split
60/40 rear seat backrests. There is also a load-through provision in the rear seat backs for
transporting long items in the car.
A useful feature for securing items in the boot is a set of luggage nets. These nets ensure that
the items do not move when driving.
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION
The Octavia Scout 4x4 comes with a diesel engine which delivers enough torque to compete with
some V6 petrol engines. With 103kW of power at 4,200 rpm and producing an enormous 320 Nm from as
low as 1,750 rpm, the 103TDI engine delivers an exhilarating and satisfying drive. As part of 2011
model year changes, the 103TDI Octavia Scout 4x4 comes with the new common rail diesel engine.
Available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG transmission, the diesel offers exceptional
fuel economy. For both transmission variants the Scout consumes just 6.1 litres of diesel and CO2
emissions of 160 g/km per hundred kilometres (combined consumption ADR 81/02).
SAFETY AND TECHNOLOGY
Standard safety features on the Octavia Scout 4x4 include six airbags and ESP (Electronic
Stabilisation Programme) including ABS, EBD, ASR and Hill Hold Control. The all-wheel drive system
for the Scout also offers a safer driving experience in all situations.
Featured on the Octavia Scout 4x4, Škoda’s fourth-generation Haldex clutch represents the best
in modern all-wheel drive technology. It works with other onboard electronic systems and has a fast
The Haldex clutch is a compact unit located near 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.
COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE
As you would expect from a Skoda, the Octavia Scout 4x4 comes with a generous range of standard
equipment including ‘Columbus’ satellite navigation, 17” ‘Proteus’ alloy wheels, heated front seats,
dual-zone air conditioning, six airbags, rear acoustic parking sensors, cruise control, twin chrome
exhausts and unique ‘Scout’ touches throughout the cabin.
The Premium model adds electric glass sunroof, privacy glass from B-pillar, and ‘Proteus’ 17”
polished alloy wheels, Alcantara leather appointed upholstery, and electric driver’s seat with
|Octavia Scout 4x4 6-speed manual
|Octavia Scout 4x4 6-speed DSG
|Octavia Scout 4x4 Premium 6-speed manual
|Octavia Scout 4x4 Premium 6-speed DSG
NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory
charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are
subject to change without notice.