SKODA

SKODA SCALA DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.6 TDI SE 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2122 g/km

The Scala is Skoda's most credible tilt yet at the Focus-class 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.

CZECH IT OUT

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

Ten Second Review

The Scala is Skoda's most credible tilt yet at the Focus-class 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.

Background

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, all efforts have been concentrated on just one design, just one body shape and just one name: Scala. The 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 Experience

Let's get the under-bonnet stuff out of the way first. The Scala comes with three petrol engines with a cylinder capacity of either 1.0 or 1.5 litres, plus there's a 1.6-litre diesel. Most will choose the 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit, available with either 95PS or 115PS. The former unit comes only with a 5-speed manual stick shift, but if you choose the 115PS 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 two engines 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. As usual, you'll choose the 115PS 1.6-litre TDI diesel if you want more pulling power; there's 250Nm of torque - though the 1.5 TSI petrol can match that. As usual with a compact Skoda, expect solid, safe handling; you won't be buying this car for driving thrills. Skoda suspension set-ups tend to be slightly on the firm side too. 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.

Design and Build

The Scala is a crisp piece of design work with its clearly defined surfaces, flowing lines and sleek aerodynamics. The front is actually quite striking with an upright radiator grille, a large air inlet underneath and side Air Curtains. The side profile 'tornado line' makes the vehicle look longer and works well with the sweeping roof line. There are LED head and tail lights, wheels of between 16 to 18-inches in size and as an alternative to the standard tailgate, the car can be ordered with an extended rear window. Under the skin, the car sits on the VW Group's latest stiff, sophisticated MQB-A0 platform. Inside up-front, the Scala gets the brand's latest generation infotainment system with a free-standing screen positioned high on the dashboard in clear view of the driver. Plus there's the option of a 10.25-inch 'Virtual Cockpit' digital instrument binnacle display. Classy touches include ambient lighting with a white or red light, plus the warm hues and contrasting coloured stitching on the seat covers provide a pleasant feeling of spaciousness. The long 2,649mm wheelbase allows for more rear seat leg room than you might expect to find in a car of this class. Out back, there's a large 467-litre boot, the largest in the class. This increases to 1,410-litres with the rear bench folded.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £17,500 and the range consists of five familiar Skoda trim grades; 'S', 'SE', 'SE Technology', 'SEL' and 'Monte Carlo', with all four offering decent levels of standard specification. Despite its status as the entry-level model, the 'S' is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, leather for the steering wheel, gear and handbrake lever and a height adjustable driver's seat. Customers opting for the 'S' model also get air-conditioning, a DAB digital radio, front and rear electric windows and a 'Swing' infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen. In terms of safety equipment, the 'S' model features front head and side airbags, Front assist, Lane assist, a Speed limiter and Emergency call with proactive services. The mid-range 'SE' model adds a host of additional features including cruise control, rear parking sensors, a 'Bolero' infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, an integrated umbrella and a height adjustable passenger seat. If you're happy to spend just over £20,000 on your Scala, then your dealer will direct you to the plushest 'SEL' model, which includes the brand's top 'Amundsen' infotainment system with a 9.2-inch glass touchscreen, plus there's a hi-tech digital cockpit, climate control air conditioning, keyless entry with start/stop and a colour multifunction trip computer. The exterior design features 17-inch alloy wheels, full LED rear lights, dynamic indicators and privacy glass on the rear windows. At the top of the range, the 'Monte Carlo' variant includes 18-inch black Vega alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof and an interior leather pack with red stitching.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect, all the Scala engines meet the latest Euro 6D emissions standard and all the petrol units are equipped with a particulate filter. All engines come with brake energy recovery and Stop/Start technology. The 1.5 TSI is also equipped with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) that cuts the engine from four to two cylinders under light-to-medium throttle loads. Skoda won't be bringing to the UK the 1.0 G-TEC unit that's designed to run on CNG environmentally friendly natural gas. In terms of WLTP efficiency stats? Well, expect the base 1.0 TSI 95PS petrol unit to return up to 50.4mpg on the combined cycle and up to 126g/km of CO2. The volume 115PS 1.0 TSI petrol unit manages to return 51.4mpg on the combined cycle and up to 124g/km of CO2. For the 1.5 TSI, the figures are 49.6 and 130g/km, while for the 1.6 TDI diesel, you're looking at around 60.1mpg and 122g/km. Finally, while it's certainly true that other rivals better the three year 60,000 mile warranty that Skoda provides, you can extend your cover to four or five years by paying extra. Not that you really need to. The brand regularly tops independent consumer satisfaction surveys: according to real people, there are few more satisfying cars to own.

Summary

We always thought that the Rapid Spaceback was an under-rated car and there's every chance the Scala will be too. If you really don't want to pay an awful lot extra for the slush-moulded sophistication of a Golf but want all the same engineering and practicality, then you'll find it here. And in a form that doesn't carry any sort of budget brand stigma. There are more exciting class choices to be sure. But, by and large, you don't buy a family hatchback for excitement. All the reasons you would want such a thing are covered off here with typical Skoda thoroughness. And with enough style and quality to make brand loyalists feel rather smug. This probably won't have been the car you started out wanting in this class, but there's just a chance that it may be the one you actually need.

  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Tinted windows

  • Hill hold control

  • Bluetooth system

  • Speed limiter
  • Easy light assist
  • Power assisted steering
  • Lane assist
  • Rain and light assist with auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Front assist system

  • Multi function trip computer

  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors

  • 8 loudspeakers
  • 2 USB - C ports
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Bolero radio with 8" touchscreen display

  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Chrome grille surround

  • Leather gearknob and handbrake lever
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Umbrella
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Front centre armrest with stitching
  • Instrument cluster with chrome painted decor ring
  • Decor strip on dashboard and door panel
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • Glasses storage in roof liner

  • Reading lights for driver and front passenger

  • Seat belt reminder for all seats
  • Emergency call and proactive services
  • Front head and side airbags
  • Passenger airbag switch off function
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Two tone horn
  • Curtain airbags

  • Height adjustable passenger seat
  • Front head restraints
  • Third rear headrest
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • ISOFIX for rear passenger seat
  • Manual lumbar support for front seats

  • SAFE function for remote central locking
  • Alarm
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts

  • Sun visor with make up mirror for front passenger

  • Temporary space saver wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 105
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.036
  • Particles: 0.0002
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 121
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 107
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 122
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 121
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 131
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 107
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 119
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 128
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 136
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 122

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.2:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 79.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 80.5
  • CC: 1598

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 58.9
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 80.7
  • EC Combined (mpg): 70.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 68.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 57.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 54.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.2

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 13E
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 112000
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 97
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 87
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 81
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 76
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 115
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE
  • Coin Description: TDI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 85
  • Engine Power - RPM: 3250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 115
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.1
  • Top Speed: 125
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Wheel Style: ORION
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R16

  • Width (including mirrors): 1988
  • Height: 1471
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4362
  • Width: 1793
  • Wheelbase: 2649

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1239
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1720
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 467
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1250
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 650
  • Max. Loading Weight: 481
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1410
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.2

  • Heated windscreen: £315
  • Privacy glass: £175

  • Textile floor mats: £90

  • Wireless charging: £250
  • Voice control system: £25

  • Park assist system: £640
  • Adaptive cruise control: £430
  • Rear view camera: £320
  • Cruise control: Included
  • Front and rear parking sensors: £425
  • Drive mode selector: £135
  • Rear parking sensors: Included
  • Blind Spot Detection (BAS): £555

  • Electrically operated boot door: £430

  • Driver fatigue sensor: £60
  • SmartLink with Apple Carplay/Android auto and MirrorLink: Included
  • Virtual cockpit: £560
  • Amundsen satellite navigation with 9.2" glass colour touchscreen with virtual cockpit: £1,315
  • Wireless SmartLink for Apple Car Play: £80

  • Electric folding door mirrors: £225

  • Black dot decorative insert with red hot stamping: £280
  • Silver haptic decorative insert with glossy black hot stamping: £50
  • Grained black decorative insert with black hot stamping: Included

  • Panoramic glass sunroof: £990
  • Pearl effect paint: £595
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Special paint: £595
  • Exclusive paint: £975
  • Chrome window surround: £170

  • Front fog lights: Included
  • Basic LED headlights with LED daytime running lights: Included
  • Front fog lights with cornering function: £190
  • Headlight washer system with washer fluid level indicator: £155
  • High beam control: £240
  • Full LED headlights with adaptive front light system: £1,015
  • LED rear lights with dynamic indicators: £200

  • Dual zone climate control: £610
  • Manual air conditioning + Pollen filter: Included

  • Leather multifunction steering wheel: Included
  • Double sided boot floor: £80
  • Rear centre armrests: £145
  • Variable boot floor: £165
  • Net partition: £130
  • 3 spoke heated leather multi-function steering wheel: £240
  • Front centre armrest with 2 rear USB ports: £100

  • Copper ambient lighting: £265
  • White ambient lighting: £265
  • Red ambient lighting: £265

  • Family pack - Scala: £200
  • Simply clever pack - Scala: £190
  • Tailgate design pack - Scala: £445
  • Exterior design pack - Scala: £1,535
  • Interior pack - Scala: £130
  • Winter pack - Scala: £470
  • Boot pack - Scala: £85
  • Smoker pack - Scala: £45

  • Metallic - Maple brown: £595
  • Metallic - Moon white: £595
  • Metallic - Titan blue: £595
  • Metallic - Quartz grey: £595
  • Metallic - Race blue: £595
  • Metallic - Brilliant silver: £595

  • Pearl - Black magic: £595

  • Solid - Energy blue: £0

  • Exclusive paint - Velvet red: £975
  • Special paint - Corrida red: £595
  • Special paint - Candy white: £595
  • Special paint - Meteor grey: £595
  • Exclusive paint - Crystal black: £975

  • Driver knee airbag: £255
  • Crew protect assist and rear side airbags: £450

  • Heated front seats and washer nozzles: £265

  • Keyless entry with start/stop button: £435
  • Keyless start/stop: £210

  • Electrically folding towbar with adaptor: £980
  • Electric folding towbar: £855
  • Towbar preparation: £195

  • Cloth - Black/grey: £0
  • Cloth - Black/grey with red elements: £0

  • 16" Alaris alloy wheels: £0
  • 17" Stratos alloy wheels: £450
  • 16" Orion alloy wheels: Included
  • 16" Hoedus aero alloy wheels in black: £450

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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