Skoda has added the Scout trim level to the popular Kodiaq line-up, offering more rugged styling and four-wheel drive as standard.
Sitting in the middle of the range between the SE L and Edition specifications, the Scout moniker has been used with other Skoda models in the not-too-distant past and adds more off-roading capabilities and chunkier styling.
Customers can choose between three petrol and three diesel engine options that range from 148bhp to 188bhp and come with four-wheel drive as standard. You can only have a manual gearbox with the lowest-powered petrol and diesel units, with the top-end options using a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The main changes are on the outside, with the more rugged bumpers and rear diffuser the most obvious differences, with Skoda also adding Scout badges and Scout-specific 19-inch alloys. The car comes with the rough road package that includes an engine guard and underbody stone guard.
The interior also gets a minor makeover, with Alcantara being used on the seats and door panels, wood inserts on the dashboard and in the doors, and aluminium pedals. It also comes with seven seats as standard.
To make it more capable, the Kodiaq Scout comes with an off-road mode that adapts the chassis, engine and brake setup to cope with trickier surfaces. The system also engages hill descent assist, which helps keep the car stable when going downhill.
Prices for this version of the Kodiaq start from £32,330 for the 148bhp 1.4-litre petrol version, with the top-end 188bhp 2.0-litre diesel offering costing £36,330.