There’s a second addition to Skoda’s new Scout family – the stylish Roomster Scout. The robust compact MPV shares the chunky body protection and increased ride height of its larger Octavia sibling, but retains the Roomster range’s standard two-wheel drive system.

Pricing is as follows:

1.4 16V 85bhp £12,505
1.6 16V 105bhp £12,855
1.4 TDI PD 80bhp £13,450
1.9 TDI PD 105bhp £14,050

The Scout is distinguishable from other models in the range thanks to some unique styling cues and increased exterior dimensions. It’s 14mm longer, 11mm wider and 43mm taller than standard Roomsters, affording the new model a more imposing air.

Standard specification levels are impressive. Compared to the existing Roomster 2 model the Scout also boasts styled body mouldings, 16″ alloy wheels, special ‘Scout’ upholstery, roof rails, branded floor mats, fog-lights, sunset glass, TPM (tyre pressure monitor), ESP, a leather three-spoke steering wheel and gearknob and aluminium designed pedals.

Orders for the Roomster Scout are being taken now with the first deliveries expected in June.

Elsewhere in the Roomster range buyers can also now find a new entry-level 1.2 12V 70bhp engine. Available from the end of February, cars featuring the frugal yet feisty powerplant will cost from £9,920 – a price that compares favourably to similarly powerful rivals.

The 1.2 12V 70bhp Roomster is likely to appeal to town drivers looking for a spacious, nippy and economical machine. Top speed is reached at 98mph, the sprint to 62mph is taken care of in 15.9 seconds and over 51mpg is achievable on the combined cycle. A CO2 figure of 159g/km will also appeal when car tax payment time comes around.

Standard equipment includes: a CD player, side airbags, curtain airbags, tinted glass, a rear armrest and front electric windows.