2019 Skoda Karoq Scout verdict

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

2019 Skoda Karoq Scout front panning

2019 Skoda Karoq Scout verdict

On the face of it, the Karoq Scout looks like pretty good value. At just over £2000 more than the equivalent SE L trim, you certainly get a reasonable amount of extra kit. But in reality only the electrically operated tailgate and rough road package are worthwhile additions, unless you're really taken by the more rugged styling.

While you might expect us to say stick to SE L, we'd go one step further and ask whether you really need four-wheel drive? Yes, it's handy once in a blue moon, but the front-wheel drive diesel is cheaper to buy, less thirsty and will cost business users less in company car tax (BIK). Better still, opt for the 1.5-litre petrol engine (assuming you're not doing mega miles, where the diesel will prove more frugal) for improved refinement and even lower BIK payments.

What Car? rating: 4 out of 5

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Skoda Karoq Scout 2.0 TDI 150 4x4

Price £31,275 Engine 4cyl, 1968cc, diesel Power 148bhp at 3500-4000rpm Torque 251lb ft at 1750r-3000pm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-62mph 8.9sec Top speed 121mph Economy 44.1mpg (WLTP average) CO2, tax band 134g/km, 31%

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