2017 Skoda Kodiaq Scout – verdict
The most expensive Kodiaq in the range promises substance as well as style, but can it deliver?...
There’s no getting around it, so it’s best to face the Scout’s biggest problem head on: the price. As standard, with a 1.4-litre petrol engine and a manual gearbox, the Scout costs an eye-watering £32,330. In our favoured guise, with Skoda's 2.0-litre diesel and automatic gearbox, you’re not getting much change back from £36,000.
So is it worth it? Well, that depends on your circumstances. If you live in the countryside and find yourself traversing muddy roads and rutted lanes on a daily basis, then the Scout is going to take a pounding better than most other cars in the class, save the even pricier Land Rover Discovery Sport. It also comes fully loaded, so there is no need to add extra kit.
However, if you need a seven-seat SUV for the urban commute and only venture out into the wilderness a couple of times a year, then we'd stick with the standard Kodiaq in SE trim.
What Car? says...
Rated 4 out of 5
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2017 Skoda Kodiaq Scout 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 4x4
Price £35,170; Engine 4cyls, 1688cc, turbo, diesel; Power 148bhp at 3500rpm; Torque 251lb ft at 1750rpm; Gearbox 7-spd automatic; Kerbweight 1635kg; Top speed 119mph; 0-62mph 9.8sec; Fuel economy 49.6mpg; CO2 rating/BIK 149g/km, 31%
The best (and worst) large SUVs
If you're not convinced by the Kodiaq, there are plenty of alternatives. Below we count down our top 10 and name the models that are best avoided.
10. Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai’s largest SUV offers rugged, go-anywhere ability and a usefully lofty driving position. It also has seven seats, plenty of equipment and a powerful yet economical diesel engine. It’s not the last word in refinement, though.
Our pick 2.2 CRDi 200 Premium seven-seater
### 9. Ford Edge
The Edge had been on sale in the US for a while, but it only came to the UK in 2016. It’s good value for money and even the cheapest trim level comes with a decent amount of kit. It doesn’t have the most powerful engine, though, and there’s no seven-seat option.
Our pick 2.0 TDCi 210 AWD auto
### 8. Kia Sorento
The Kia Sorento comes with seven seats and, unlike many rivals, its third row is spacious enough for adults, not just children. It also has a punchy engine, heavy towing capacity and comfortable ride, but the very best competitors are cheaper and more refined.
Our pick 2.2 CRDi KX-2