2020 Skoda Excellent Scout Evaluation: 200TSI Particular Version


Anti-SUV crowd rejoice – your messiah has arrived, for a restricted time solely.

  • Sensational trip high quality
  • Improbable cabin and cargo space
  • The proper steadiness of all rational necessities for an car
  • Styling efforts catered towards the anoraks of this world
  • Petrol particulate filter is new expertise, reliability but to be confirmed in our market
  • There are solely 300 of them

We see many feedback in our dialogue part concerning the rise in SUVs, not often in favour of the usually dubbed ‘high-riding hatchbacks’ which are seemingly dominating our gross sales charts.

These complaints usually centre round driving dynamics worsened by their increased centre of gravity, poorer area when in comparison with different hatchback, wagon and sedan alternate options, in addition to being much less economical when additionally in comparison with that very same competitor set.

Nicely, let me say simply quietly to all of these naysayers – nicely, 300 of them to be actual – that they haven’t any extra excuses.

Now could be the proper time for them to place their cash the place their mouth is – the 2020 Skoda Excellent 200TSI Scout is, what I consider to be, the proper different for that crowd.

Enable me to digress. After residing with our Discovery Sport long-termer, I’ve begun to alter my tune ever so barely in the direction of SUVs. I used to be by no means a hater, and I’d all the time advocate one to these whom I do know have already subconsciously made their thoughts up about one, however I’d by no means as soon as woken up and mentioned, “It’s time”.

Nonetheless, after having fun with the corporate of our orange Land Rover, I’ve come to understand what SUVs are good for, and provides some credit score the place it’s due. That hasn’t stopped me from lusting for and preferring a wagon, thoughts you. 

It’s a little bit of a disgrace that the Excellent Scout 200TSI will stay as a special-edition product given its great and joyous traits.

However by the identical token, I do – like Skoda Australia additionally I assume – suspect that the take-up price of this lifted Skoda wagon might be quick and swift by these few genuinely different folks, with demand absolutely ceasing to a halt thereafter.

It appears sensible to not create an aged-stock drawback and restrict its amount, then. As I mentioned, a disgrace, however comprehensible. 

The only best factor concerning the Skoda Excellent Scout is the best way it rides. In comparison with the common wagon, the Scout’s trip top has been lifted by 15mm to carry its whole floor clearance to 151mm.

There isn’t a pseudo-sports suspension tune, enormous wheels, or something of the like interfering with the zen-like expertise that the Excellent Scout presents. It has been purely calibrated for leisure, with its trip emitting soothing, meditative qualities.

There may be adaptive chassis management on board, which naturally companies up the suspension, however take into account it an interruption to 90 per cent of the work you’ll be doing behind the wheel. 

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The Scout stays not an apex hunter, nor does it encourage such hoonery. That doesn’t imply, nevertheless, that one should not try to string a Scout by a pleasant part of again highway, both. 

Little bugged the Scout. I did take it down unsealed roads, and different actually uneven items of tarmac, in an try and knock it off its throne, however these feeble efforts have been met by a continuous relaxed manner. 

The place it did fall down, nevertheless, was within the subject of physique management. It isn’t crash sizzling, and there’s actually loads of motion courtesy of that increased trip top and the bigger 235-section 45-profile tyres, however contemplating its suppleness it’s forgivable.

Right here is the place these adaptive dampers, when flicked to sport, do act to quash the magnification of mass-shifting that happens. The suspension’s duality is just not enlightening, nevertheless, so don’t anticipate a Jekyll-and-Hyde persona to come up from the mighty Scout. Possibly a personality that’s extra aligned to a Dalai Lama, as a substitute. Calm, composed and nicely managed.

The inclusion of a 200kW turbocharged four-cylinder, much like that discovered within the hotted-up Golf R, might initially strike some as being too juxtaposed to the suspension tune. Moderately, the wafty calibration of this engine within the Scout additional provides to its attraction. Energy is distributed to the Excellent Scout’s all-wheel drive system by a seven-speed ‘DSG’ moist dual-clutch computerized transmission. 

Combining that association with a heightened tare mass of 1638kg implies that any anticipated notions of ferocity develop into shortly blunted. It isn’t gradual by any means, although, nonetheless feeling highly effective beneath the foot, with its torque determine of 350Nm residing as much as expectations.

It simply isn’t fierce like the opposite Volkswagen and Audi vehicles that additionally function an engine similar to this one. But once more, extra torpid and picked up about the way it tangos.

On take a look at, with driving barely skewed extra towards metro commuting than freeway driving, the Scout returned an economic system determine of 8.8L/100km versus an official declare of seven.1L/100km.

Curiously, the Skoda Scout debuts one thing new for the model in Australia – the introduction of a petroleum particulate filter, or PPF. I’ve lined this in some element in a information article that you may learn right here. 

To sum it up for these pressed for time, this specific model of the Excellent options Volkswagen Group’s newest engine expertise that permits it to attain Euro 6d-TEMP certification – the best emissions commonplace in Europe, and light-years forward of any Australian rules or necessities.

With a view to do that, the driveline employs a passive exhaust filter that’s designed to catch nasties earlier than they exit out again. Because of this technique’s passive nature, it doesn’t require regeneration like a diesel particulate filter does. The petrol variations of this technique naturally burn off in a way more common style, versus requiring sure conditions so as to regenerate. 

This all comes with one slight catch, nevertheless – this technique will proceed to function as anticipated as long as the custodian of the automobile fills the automotive with premium unleaded gas solely, so 95RON and above. Common Australian gas is of poor high quality and incorporates excessive ranges of sulphur, which Australian premium unleaded doesn’t.

A small trade-off for some, though earlier variations of the Excellent have requested for a food regimen of 95RON even earlier than the introduction of a PPF. Given the $61,990 drive-away value, Skoda is of the assumption that homeowners will naturally do the precise factor and gas their vehicles accordingly. There may be plentiful point-of-sale and different paraphernalia in dealerships to make any potential consumers conscious of this reality, too.

It’s a very good factor for our market to entry the most recent and best out of Europe. Not solely does it imply individuals can entry vehicles which are much less damaging to the setting, but additionally hopefully open the doorways to different attention-grabbing merchandise for Australia.

As it’s the newest rendition of the Excellent mannequin vary, the Scout comes loaded with plentiful tech. Matrix LED headlights are commonplace, which supply wonderful evening visibility by way of their uncanny nature to take care of a excessive beam, whereas seemingly masking the projection round issues that needn’t be illuminated.

There’s additionally a full suite of lively security programs on board, too, be it blind-spot monitoring that additionally applies steering intervention must you start to veer into an object positioned on the automobile’s offside, full-speed autonomous emergency braking with predictive pedestrian safety, lane-keeping help, in addition to rear cross-traffic alert, too.

All of which makes for a protected bundle, and is topped off by a five-star ANCAP automobile score in response to 2015 testing methodology. 

The cabin stays intelligent and typical of the Skoda vary, with umbrella holders positioned in both entrance door, a rear detachable torch that additionally doubles as a cargo gentle, and boot-located rear seat folding levers.

Nonetheless, the Excellent 200TSI model specifically introduces a handful of good, premium lashings, as equally discovered within the Sportline model of the common Excellent wagon. The steering wheel is heated, the seats are shod with Alcantara, and there’s customisable ambient lighting for many who wish to set the temper.

Infotainment is catered for nicely by a 9.2-inch touchscreen system that options Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, alongside an eight-speaker audio system created by German audio model Canton.

I’ve discovered this stereo to be much more natural-sounding than the fairly low-end heavy Dynaudio programs present in Volkswagen vehicles. After a little bit of sampling with a management playlist that I feed by each automotive stereo that I take a look at, I discovered it to be pleasing, and nicely catered to breed albums throughout a wide range of genres.

Getting out and in of the Scout is considerably simpler than the common Excellent wagon, too, given it’s barely increased off the bottom. That is some extent that ought to doubtless appease these anti-SUV individuals who want to profit from one in every of an SUV’s higher traits, which is excessive hip factors, with out having to dabble in their very own self-proclaimed sacrilege. 

It additionally doubles to make loading children simpler, too. It isn’t fairly the identical as an SUV, however you do discover the Scout’s total top doing its bit to assist forestall again pressure.

There may be plentiful room within the second row, sufficient to simply home a bigger youngster seat or two throughout the rear bench, with out overly compromising on the primary row. These within the second row are additionally handled to devoted third-zone air-conditioning, alongside heated outboard seats and a 12V energy outlet.

Younger households, and their pets, will doubtless adore the cargo space extra, nevertheless. At 660L it’s enormous, however its dimensions favour depth fairly than width. This implies you possibly can throw in a folded pram longways, which leaves giant quantities of widthways area to play with.

Becoming in mentioned pram, a month’s value of groceries and nonetheless having room to spare offers you an concept of how mega this boot space is.

After you shut the foot-operated tailgate, you start to note what could be the solely different draw back to this automotive. Unusual is perhaps too harsh of a phrase to explain its aesthetic. Lovable but dorky might be extra of a enjoyable and pleasant approach. Its excessive trip top, massive black cladding, and regular-sized 18-inch wheels all culminate in an ergonomic tour de pressure styling effort that is catered particularly for essentially the most anorak of anoraks on the market.

You could get the odd eyebrow elevate from the common punter, however who mentioned that’s a nasty factor?

For these anti-SUV individuals, right here you’ve gotten dimension, area, a fantastic second row, heaps of tech, wonderful fuel-miser expertise in addition to guts as well, all wrapped up with a subjectively fairly bow on high.

I grew very keen on this automotive, and I dearly hope all 300 are homed fast sensible.

Rankings Breakdown

2020 SKODA Excellent 200TSI Scout Wagon

8.7/ 10

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After greater than a decade working within the product planning and advertising departments of manufacturers like Kia, Subaru and Peugeot, Justin Narayan returned to being a motoring author – the very first job he held within the trade.

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