Skoda Octavia Scout (2014 -) Buying & Selling

Review by Debbie Wood on
Last Updated: 09 Dec 2014
4.4
The Skoda Octavia Scout is the Czech company’s rugged alternative to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack and Volvo V60 Cross Country. It uses the already-practical Octavia estate as a base, but has a slightly raised ride height, some black plastic body protection around the car and an all-wheel drive system under the skin for some genuine off-road ability.

3.8 out of 5

Buying new

  • Just one trim level to choose from
  • Choice will come down to gearbox preference
  • We’d go for lower-powered diesel

The Scout is more of a niche choice in the Octavia range, and it’s also one of the most expensive, but your local Skoda dealership should be your first port of call if you’re looking to buy one.

They’ll be able to offer the latest cash discounts and finance options, and Skoda is normally very competitive with low interest rates and tempting deposit contributions.

There are only two options to choose from – the manual 150hp and the DSG 184hp version, so picking shouldn’t be too difficult. We’d opt for the manual as it’s a great all-rounder and the cheaper of the two.

All Octavia Scouts come packed with standard equipment, but you can dip into an extensive options list if you want to add more kit.

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3.6 out of 5

Buying used

  • Unlikely to be lots of choice
  • All will still be fairly new
  • Decide which engine/gearbox combo you’d like

A lot of the stigma surrounding the Skoda brand has long been forgotten and as a used car they present a very attractive proposition. The build quality of the Octavia Scout inside and out is good and the engines are proven throughout the VW Group.

An Octavia Scout may be quite hard to find in comparison to the regular hatchback and estate models so you may need to be patient to find the right one. 

If buying from a previous retail owner, ensure that the service history is kept up to date. One of the advantages of buying ex-fleet cars is the peace of mind knowing that the car would have been taken care of and the paperwork should be all up to date.

Make sure you inspect the car thoroughly including the brakes and tyres and don’t forget to get a Parkers Car History Check carried out on the car to make sure there are no hidden surprises which will put you off buying.

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3.5 out of 5

Selling

  • Put effort into making your car look good
  • Make sure all paperwork is in order
  • Take a good set of pictures to really sell it

As the Scout sells in much smaller numbers than the regular Octavia Estate, you may find the model may not be in as much demand as other more popular cars in the Skoda range.

While it may take some time to sell, low volume means it should hold its value pretty well though. You need to ensure that you keep an up to date record of your Skoda Octavia Scout’s service and maintenance history so when it comes to selling on, you have everything in order.

Having the car serviced at your local Skoda dealership will also help to sell the car and if you’ve added any aftermarket modifications then consider removing them before selling to boost its appeal to a broader spectrum of the market.

There are a number of ways to sell your Octavia Scout either on forums, in your local newspaper, or online.

As always, make sure the car is presented well having had a thorough valet inside and out, and take plenty of pictures showing off all of the car’s best features.