Skoda Octavia Scout (2014 -) Safety & Reliability

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.

4 out of 5

Safety

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  • Not specifically tested by Euro NCAP
  • Similar Octavia Estate gets five stars
  • Plenty of safety and assistance tech

Although this version of the Octavia hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, we expect Scout safety levels to be excellent as the estate and hatchback versions both achieved a full five-star rating.

In terms of safety systems the Scout hosts a wide variety of kit including nine airbags, an autonomous emergency braking, a driver fatigue sensor which will alert the driver if it thinks it’s time to have a break and a Crew Protect Assistant which will pre-tighten seat belts and close the rear windows and sunroof to stop objects entering the car in preparation for a collision.

Also available is city emergency braking which will stop the car automatically if the car is moving at speeds below 20mph and detects an object in front.

If travelling at a higher speed the Front Assist function will alert you if you are too close the car in front, while optional adaptive cruise control will keep a safe distance from the car in front, and Lane Keep assist will keep you within the lines of the lane you’re driving in.

4 out of 5

Reliability

  • Just one recall for this model
  • Made from proven components
  • Skoda has a good reputation

Skoda has worked hard over the past few years to build up a solid reputation when it comes to reliability and the durability of its cars.

We rarely hear of Skoda cars being recalled and, as such, there has only been one for the current Octavia. It was in 2016 and involved child locks disengaging without warning.

The engines are also shared with other cars in the VW Group line-up, so they are well-proven.

Car check problem points

Body

None reported as yet

Engine/Gearbox

None reported as yet

Other

None reported as yet