Contact us for full library access on: 0330 0020 227 or click here

Skoda Scala

The independent definitive Skoda Scala video review
How will you view?

This is a sample, showing 30 seconds of each section.

    CZECH IT OUT (some text hidden)

    By Jonathan Crouch

    Skoda's Scala claims to bring something a little different to the compact hatch class. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 80

    The Scala is Skoda's most credible tilt yet at the supermini/family hatchback segment. Though the engineering's familiar from other VW Group models, the way the Czech brand has packaged it all up is quite appealing, with a decent combination of value, practicality and efficiency. If you prioritise sense and sensibility, want value in a car of this kind and are looking for something a little different from the obvious contenders in this class, the Scala could be worth a look.

    Backgroundword count: 172

    Skoda has yet to really crack the family hatchback market, which in some ways is strange given the considerable success that various generations of its Fabia supermini have enjoyed. Last time the Czech brand attacked this segment, it was so desperate to succeed that it brought us not one family hatch design but two, the very Skoda-like Rapid and the more conventional Rapid Spaceback. Now too, the supermini emphasis is divided - between this car and the slightly smaller Fabia small hatch. The Scala name comes from the Latin meaning 'stairs' or 'ladder', reflecting the fact that this model will be 'a leap forward in design and technology' according at least to Skoda. Of course, from an engineering point of view, it shares just about everything with Volkswagen Group contemporaries, in this case primarily VW's Golf and SEAT's Leon. But as usual, Skoda offers it all at slightly lower prices and with a range of 'Simply Clever' design features intended to make everyday life with this car just that little bit easier.

    Driving Experienceword count: 311

    So what's this Scala like on the road? Well other smaller cars that use its MQB-A0 chassis like the sixth generation Volkswagen Polo have impressed us with the way that relatively crude torsion bar damping can be tuned to provide a really supple quality of ride. This Skoda delivers that too. You can't have everything of course. Sharper potholes catch it out, but over commoner tarmac tears and highway undulations, it flows beautifully. With at least some of the kind of 'big car' feel that Skoda promises. Of course, it loses out to such as the Golf or the Focus in this class in terms of handling feedback. Throw this Skoda into a bend with any sort of vigour and though grip levels are admirable and the relative lack of body roll even quite surprising, there's little sense of enjoyment in the process through the light steering. Does that matter? Only you can decide. You'll want to know about engines. The Scala comes with three petrol units with a cylinder capacity of either 1.0 or 1.5 litres. Most will choose the 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit, available with either 95PS or 110PS. The former unit comes only with a 5-speed manual stick shift, but if you choose the 110PS variant, you'll be offered the choice of either 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DSG auto. The DSG 'box is also optional on the other engine in the range. The 1.5 TSI 150PS petrol unit's worth a look, equipped as it is with efficient Active Cylinder Technology that means it's almost as efficient as the 1.0-litre option. Optional is an Adaptive Cruise Control system that can automatically keep the car a safe distance behind the vehicle in front on the motorway, being even able to slow you right down to a stop and start you off again if you come across a tailback.

    To see the full road test text contact us on 0330 0020 227

    Pictures (high res disabled)

    Statistics (subset of data only)

    Min

    Max

    Price:

    £16,595.00

    £23,315.00

    Insurance group 1-50:

    16

    21

    CO2 (g/km):

    108

    116

    Max Speed (mph):

    117

    136

    0-62 mph (s):

    8.2

    10.9

    Urban Mpg:

    43.5

    57.6

    Extra Urban Mpg:

    65.7

    78.5

    Combined Mpg:

    55.4

    68.9

    Length (mm):

    4362

    ... and 3 other stats available

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Compact Family Cars

    Performance
    70%
    Handling
    50%
    Comfort
    60%
    Space
    80%
    Styling, Build, Value, Equipment, Depreciation, Handling, Insurance and Total scores are available with our full data feed.

    Client login

    Mobile
    Narrow
    Narrower
    Normal
    Wide