Even with a limited model range available, Skodaís large SUV, the Kodiaq, has made a significant impact on the new car sales market. Last year, it sold 6,664 examples, outselling the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento, as well as diesel versions of the Mitsubishi Outlander. And thatís before pricier editions arrive, including more dynamic looking SportLine versions, alongside an even sportier vRS and a luxurious Laurin & Klement iteration. This Scout model managed to sneak into the UK just before the end of the year, an edition that features what Skoda calls a rough road package, that incorporates extra underbody protection for when off-roading becomes tougher. Thereís more pronounced off-road bumpers, a rear diffuser and meatier 19-inch alloy wheels. On the inside, Alcantara seats are the main upgrade, along with a wood finish for the dashboard and door inserts, which unfortunately gives a dated feel to the cabin and seems at odds with the other fittings. At £195 more than the flagship Edition model, the Scout seems like cracking value for money.
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Spacious cabin. Great quality. Lots of interior storage. Refined engine. Scout trim is good value for money. Standard door protectors are fantastic.
Gearbox can be slow-witted at times. Wood trim looks old-fashioned.