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The 2014 Skoda Octavia Scout from the results of this Top Gear test drive is a good, honest car.

This is the brand new, second-generation Skoda Octavia Scout. You’re talking new Golf, new Leon, new A3, new everything, practically. This new Octavia Scout will only be offered with two diesel engines in the UK, a 2.0-litre four-pot with 147bhp, and the range-topping 2.0-litre with 181bhp and 280lb ft of torque.

The Scout is based on the Octavia Estate, and so brings with it those dynamic nuances: light, slightly numb steering, and a decent chassis that doesn’t excite but doesn’t disappoint. Sure, it bobs around on its springs a bit, but this isn’t a car you buy to tackle the fearsome Maggots-Becketts series of corners at Silverstone. And because it’s just a bit softer, it means you can coast around from muddy path to front door with barely any stresses on your spine. It’s wonderfully relaxing. The [...]

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