With the Skoda Kodiaq creating a lot of attention for the Czech brand, the company has decided that a more rugged version will appeal to buyers in the UK.
This week it launched Skoda Kodiaq Scout, priced from £32,330.
The Scout is designed for buyers who want to head a little bit further off road than just mounting a kerb, which is why it comes with a host of additions that allow for a bit more ability.
The Skoda Kodiaq Scout receives silver highlights at the front and rear, but they are actually part of the underbody’s scuff protection, while the silver theme is carried onto the roof rails, window surrounds and mirrors.
Privacy glass, new wheels and Scout badges round out the visual package on the outside. Inside, there is even more attention to detail.
The doors get Alcantara inserts and a wood-finish dashboard, in a nod to the outdoors. There are stainless steel pedals and unique sill plates, and the seats are embroidered with the “Scout” name as well.
Under the bonnet are the usual engine choices – 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol and 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel – coupled to a DSG transmission and all-wheel-drive, but there’s an added feature, called Off-Road Assist. This setting changes throttle response, the suspension damper settings and locks the centre differential for increased grip offroad.
With Dynamic Chassis Control and Driving Mode Select, you can customise the Scout’s handling to the terrain. In fact, there are six different drive modes: Eco, Comfort, Normal, Sport, Individual and Snow.
The infotainment has an off-road mode, which shows you the altitude, your heading in degrees and the car’s angle, as well as showing the weather in the area where you’re driving. Handy for planning ahead.
The Scout also comes with Hill-Hold and Hill-Descent as standard.
The Soda Kodiaq Scout is also lifted slightly, with 194mm of ground clearance, up from the standard Kodiaq’s 187mm, making it even more capable than the standard car.