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2020 ŠKODA Superb Scout review

October 29, 2020
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2020 ŠKODA Superb Scout review

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Once upon a time I was a Scout and let me tell you this. They were the best times I’ve ever had. Sure Simon Keeble pushed me off an 18-foot catamaran, leaving me bobbing around on Brisbane Waters at Gosford, NSW for about a hour. But hey, I was new. I just assumed trying to drown me was perfectly OK. Which brings me to the Skoda Superb Scout.

Performance

Under the hood sits a 200kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. A seven-speed DSG sends power to all four-wheels if need be.

Clearly the Scout is a halfway house between wagon and SUV. It sits 15mm higher than the standard Superb wagon. That equates to  151mm of ground clearance.

It’s a great combo, especially with the extra surety of 4×4. The ride is a little pillowy, irrespective of what drive mode you’re in. It’s certainly something you should take into account when approaching corners in a spirited manner.

The Drive

So with all that in mind, the Superb Scout does exactly what Skoda had in mind. The 4×4 encourages you to go a little further away from sealed roads while still giving you a highish riding wagon with good cargo space (660L). You might note that I ploughed through a lot of mud. The recent downfalls actually allowed me to explore what the Scout can and can’t do.

The simple response is this. It’s a wagon jacked up 15mm with 4×4 and road tyres. I was mildly surprised with its efforts in this area, but realistically, you won’t be going to Cape York –  aside from that, the drive is beautiful.

There is an array of drive modes, Eco, Comfort Normal, Sport and Off-road. I found it to be one of the few cars where I actually used Comfort mode constantly. You could drive this thing to Perth and never feel like you’ve been attacked by the seats.

Value for Money

In February this year the Scout was announced as a limited run model, with just 300 arriving here priced from $59,490.

Skoda missed the 2020 year for this car, basically because of stricter emission rules in Europe. That led to distribution issues and despite being a small world, Australia is still a long way down the pecking order.

The new price for the 2021 Superb Scout is $63,990 drive-away.

Skoda claims the Scout now has $2,900 of extra value. There are a few new goodie’s added on such as a new flat-bottom steering wheel, upgraded infotainment unit and a detachable tow-bar.

Fuel economy is rated at 7.1l/100km, good luck with that.

 

Comfort

Skoda do clever well. There’s a rear tablet holder, great fold down bottle holders in the rear centre arm rest.

There’s an umbrella in the side drivers door, plus a waste bin with plastic liner.

Other handy features include a rear net system to control bulky items moving around. The boot also has luggage hooks

 

Technology

There’s a plentiful supply of tech. The headline acts are wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto. Matrix headlights and a Virtual Cockpit as standard.

At the heart of every vehicle is technology and how it can save your life. At this price point I’d expect this:

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) lane keep assist, rear-view camera, rear traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring. The Scout has all those as standard. Finally, during a collision a system known as Passenger Protect Assist activates. It will shut the windows, sunroof, and tighten the seatbelts. This allows the nine airbags to be as effective as possible.

Here are the key features that come as standard.

  • Adaptive Cruise Control incl. Front Assist with City Emergency Brake
  • Side Assist with Blind Spot Detection
  • Lane Assist
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Traffic Jam Assist
  • Emergency Assist
  • Fatigue Detection
  • Adaptive Chassis Control
  • Virtual Pedal
  • Automatic Parking Assist
    Nine airbags – Dual Front, driver‘s knee, front and rear side and curtain airbags
    Rear View Camera with front and rear parking sensors
  • 9.2″ touch screen Columbus satellite navigation system including SmartLink+ smartphone connectivity with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, Bluetooth with voice control, audio and streaming, USB and 8 speakers
  • Heated rear seats
  • Full LED Matrix Headlights with Adaptive Frontlight System
    Green Tech– engine “Start Stop” and
  • Brake Energy Recuperation
  • 18” BRAGA anthracite polished alloy wheels.

What I Love

This is a rather small category with competitors such as the Audi A6 allroad 45TDI. The latter is priced from a hefty $109,500! Plus it’s slower than the Scout. The diesel Audi knocks over 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds while the Scout does it in 5.7 seconds.

Food for thought.

Bowen’s Report Card

I’m doing the best I can keeping up with the Skoda range. I’ve done the Kodiaq RS. I’ll be in the mid-sized Karoq this week and hopefully the smaller Kamiq.

What about those names BTW.

This is a great family car. It has stacks of space, clever touches every where you look, it can do some light off-road work plus has a big dose of turbo-petrol power, which is very compelling. It’s an 88 out of 100 from me.