The Scout’s all-black cabin feels luxurious, upmarket and sporty

Interiors – Skoda has bid adieu to the light beige interior and offered the Scout with a new all-black Alcantara upholstery which is honestly a welcome change. It makes the car look more premium and outdoorsy, at least in the first look. It reminded me of the new Skoda Octavia RS. Faux-wood inserts are present on the dashboard and on the door pads along with the ‘Scout’ badge.

The Scout gets most of the necessary equipment and features

The Scout slots in between the base Style and top-end L&K, combining features and equipment from both

The Scout is slotted between Style and L&K making it Rs. 1 lakh more expensive than the former and almost Rs. 3 lakhs cheaper than the latter. Therefore, it misses out on some equipment offered by the fully-loaded model. It gets the same kit excluding the Virtual Cockpit instrument and the 360-degree camera. The 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android connectivity, reverse camera with front and rear sensors and 3-zone climate control is all part of the package. What is exclusive to the Scout is its tyre pressure monitoring sensor. The Canton sound system, ambient lighting, and Scout’s huge panoramic sunroof coupled with its dark interior is an extremely feel-good place to be in.

While the second row is very spacious, the third row is only suitable for children

In terms of comfort, the Kodiaq shines through, just like the standard car. The leather seats feel a little on the stiffer side but the side cushioning on the front seats will hug and keep you in place. The driving position is brilliant. You sit quite high with a clear view. I could drive this car without breaking a sweat for long and that’s saying something. The second-row seats get ample legroom, headroom, shoulder room and under-thigh support. The middle passenger might not be as comfortable as others due to the protruding transmission tunnel and positioning of the rear AC vents. Skoda has tried to compensate that with the ‘Nap Pack’ that offers 2 blankets and some extra support from the rear headrests.

Even with the third row of seats up, there is adequate boot space

Commanding driving position, ample of space and comfortable seats make the Kodiaq Scout ideal for long journeys

The 3rd row is strictly for children and apparently me because I did fit in. Felt a little claustrophobic but I fit in and Skoda gets +1 for that. Storage figures remain the same as the other variants with adequate space to keep your belongings and nitty-gritties.