Introducing the new Škoda Scala
What is it?
The new Scala is Škoda’s latest
hatchback model. It’s a little longer than a Golf and set to rival the likes of
the Kia Ceed, Hyundai i30 and Vauxhall Astra. It shares the same VW Group MQB
platform as the Golf although it’s a new, slightly shortened variant called the
MQB A0. The Scala sits above the Fabia and below the Octavia in the Škoda
Škoda has built its reputation
on neat yet un-showy designs. The Scala epitomises this with unadorned planes
and smart, conservative details. With short overhangs and slightly cab-forward
profile, the interior space is maximised; the decent wheelbase length should
also help motorway-speed ride quality too.
The now well-recognised grille
has evolved slightly, introducing gentle curves into the upper edge. Another
change is the Škoda badging, now spacing the letters widely across the boot
Inside, the straightforward
design language continues with linear forms across the dashboard and
free-standing tablet-like infotainment screen.
Engines and trims
Three trim levels make up the range: S, SE and SE L. The S has LED headlamps, a speed limiter (although not cruise control), DAB radio, 16-inch alloy wheels and a space-saver spare wheel. SE is the pick, adding rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, lumbar support on the front seats and cruise control. The top specification SE L brings in keyless entry, darkened privacy glass, Virtual Cockpit (a 10.25-inch TFT screen for the driver’s display) and larger, 17-inch alloy wheels.
On the SE and SE L, there’s a choice of 1.0-litre petrol with two power outputs (95 and 115 PS) or 115 PS 1.6-litre diesel. The higher-output petrol and diesel are also available with the slick DSG dual clutch automatic gearbox. The entry S trim is offered with the manual version of the petrol engine, again in both 95 or 115 PS forms.
What do we like about the Scala?
The Scala re-affirms Škoda’s
no-nonsense, high quality, sensibly-priced position in the market place. The
common Group platform means we should see good comfort and predictable
handling; the Scala is stacked with the latest VW Group technology too. On top
of this, the Scala has just been awarded five stars in the Euro NCAP safety
ratings. We look forward to bringing you driving impressions in due course.
About the Author
Andrew is a freelance motoring journalist with a background in IT and the vehicle leasing industry. With a lifetime’s passion for all things automotive, he can be found behind the wheel of everything from vans to supercars. In addition to reviewing the latest vehicles and technology, Andrew also runs a couple of classic British motors. He lives at the edge of the Peak District with his son and cat.
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