We continue our coverage of the facelifted Skoda Superb with another new model added to the range for the first time — the crossover-flavored Scout.
Skoda describes the Superb Scout as a “multifunctional lifestyle estate with raised ground clearance and all-wheel drive” and we believe this definition pretty much sums it up.
The defining styling features of the jacked-up wagon include the 15-mm (0.59-in) higher ground clearance offered as part of the standard-fit Rough-Road package, as well as rugged body enhancements such as the black plastic cladding and aluminum-look skid plates.
The bumpers are unique to the Scout version, as are the aluminum-look mirror caps, chrome-plated roof rails and window frames, and 18-inch Braga alloy wheels. Special Scout badges on the fenders round off the exterior upgrades. Optional styling features include a two-tone, 19-inch Manaslu alloy wheel design and exclusive metallic Tangerine Orange body finish.
Inside, the new Superb Scout brings wood-effect decorative strips, seat covers made of a Scout-specific fabric with contrasting stitching, heated front seats, and additional off-road screens on the central display. Options include Alcantara/leather seats with brown contrasting stitching, heated outer rear seats, and a Sleep package (larger headrests and a blanket), among other things.
All Skoda Superb Scout models come with standard all-wheel-drive and the Rough-Road package which offers underbody protection for the engine as well as undercarriage, in addition to the higher ground clearance. The pack also brings an Off-Road mode for the Driving Mode Select system. Dynamic Chassis Control is available as an option.
There are only two engines available for the Superb Scout but chances are no one will complain because they are the most powerful of the range. There’s a 2.0-liter TDI with 190 PS (187 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque and a 2.0-liter TSI with 272 PS (262 hp) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. Both units are mated to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and feature Stop/Start technology and brake energy recovery.