Used test: Seat Leon X-Perience vs Skoda Octavia Scout

The Seat Leon X-Perience and Skoda Octavia Scout may be closely related but, in the battle of the rugged 4x4 estates, which one makes the best used buy?...

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What Car? team
03 January 2017

Our verdict

Perhaps not surprisingly, this is a very close contest. In the end, it’s a narrow win for the Octavia, just as it was when we first tested these two cars back in 2015.

Both of these rugged estates are comfortable on-road daily drivers with decently low running costs, and yet are surprisingly skilled in off-road use and capable of towing fairly big loads. The Octavia wins by the tiniest of margins, mainly thanks to its roomier interior, more comprehensive standard kit list and more comfortable ride. The Leon does the job nearly as well and is a thoroughly decent car, but you’ll have to accept that it’s not quite as refined as the Octavia and you’ll also need to forgo a few luxuries. That said, if you did track down a good Leon, we wouldn’t blame you if your money went there.

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Used test: Seat Leon X-Perience vs Skoda Octavia Scout

For More rear space; better equipped; more comfortable ride

Against No variable-height boot

Verdict Bigger and better equipped, so the Skoda sneaks a narrow victory here

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Seat Leon X-Perience

Used test: Seat Leon X-Perience vs Skoda Octavia Scout

For Tidy handling; more practical boot

Against Less standard kit; not as refined

Verdict Worth a look, despite falling just behind the Octavia

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Seat Leon X-Perience 2.0 TDI 150 SE

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price when new £24,385

Price today £14,995*

Power 148bhp

Torque 250lb ft

0-60mph 8.5sec

Top speed 129mph

Fuel economy 57.6mpg (official average)

CO2 emissions 129g/km


Specifications: Skoda Octavia Scout 2.0 TDI 150

Engine size 2.0-litre diesel

List price when new £25,530

Price today £14,995*

Power 148bhp

Torque 250lb ft

0-60mph 8.5sec

Top speed 129mph

Fuel economy 50.1mpg (official average)

CO2 emissions 129g/km


Price today is based on a 2015 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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