2019 Skoda Karoq Scout review - gallery, price, specs and release date

With unique bumpers, underbody protection and standard four-wheel drive, could the Skoda Karoq Scout be our new pick of the range?...

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Alan Taylor-Jones
04 January 2019

2019 Skoda Karoq Scout front cornering

It's not uncommon for younger siblings to aspire to be just like their big brother or sister, even in the automotive world. The Skoda Karoq Scout takes after the bigger Kodiaq and evergreen Octavia in offering a more off-road friendly version of this family SUV.

2019 Skoda Karoq Scout rear panning

Sitting above our recommended SE L trim in the range, there's a choice of just two engines. If you want a manual, you'll need to opt for the 2.0-litre diesel that comes with 148bhp, while those after an auto will need the 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol, also with 148bhp.

2019 Skoda Karoq Scout badge

Whichever version you pick, you'll get four-wheel drive as standard with no option of having just two driven wheels. While that's great for muddy tracks, it does make the Scout thirstier and more polluting than the equivalent two-wheel drive Karoq.

2019 Skoda Karoq Scout badge 2

But there are other Karoqs available with four-wheel drive, so what other distinguishing marks does the Scout receive? Well, for a start, you get these natty Scout badges on the front wings.

2019 Skoda Karoq Scout pan

You might also notice a set of snazzy 19in wheels with an anthracite finish that is unique to the Scout. What you can't see is the standard 'rough road package' that shields the engine and other oily bits from rock damage when you're off-road. We'd argue that the most noticeable changes are to the bumpers and side sills. Rather than boring old body-colour, they're now a sparkling silver and have been reshaped to look more off-roadery.

2019 Skoda Karoq Scout cornering

So, how does it drive? Well, if we're honest it's much the same as any other four-wheel drive Karoq because there haven't been any changes to the suspension. That means it corners keenly, has loads of traction, steers precisely and is, for the most part, comfortable. However, although the 19in wheels look great, they do make the ride a bit jittery over low speed imperfections. 

But what's different inside? Click below to find out.

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