SKODA

SKODA SCALA HATCHBACK 1.0 TSI 95 SE L 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph11s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2123 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.

  • Privacy glass
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Tinted windows

  • Hill hold control

  • Textile floor mats

  • Bluetooth system
  • Android Auto

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

  • Amundsen satellite navigation with 9.2" glass colour touchscreen with virtual cockpit, web radio and traffic sign recognition
  • Wireless SmartLink for Apple Car Play

  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors

  • 8 loudspeakers
  • 2 USB - C ports
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Body colour door mirrors and handles
  • Chrome grille surround

  • Dual zone climate control

  • Umbrella
  • Front centre armrest with stitching
  • Instrument cluster with chrome painted decor ring
  • Chrome strip on the dash and door panel
  • 12V socket in centre console
  • Chrome inner door handles
  • Net in centre console
  • Chrome on gear and handbrake lever
  • Glasses storage in roof liner

  • Reading lights for driver and front passenger

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

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

  • Keyless entry with start/stop button
  • SAFE function for remote central locking
  • Alarm
  • Anti-theft wheel bolts
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys

  • Sun visor with make up mirror for front passenger

  • Temporary space saver wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 108
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.037
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 161
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 123
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 110
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 123
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 161
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 119
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 107
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 118
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 123

  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 5 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 74.5
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 76.4
  • CC: 999

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 47.1
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 72.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 60.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 10E
  • 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: 95
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE L
  • Coin Description: TSI 95
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 70
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 129
  • Engine Torque - NM: 175
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
  • Engine Power - BHP: 95
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11
  • Top Speed: 118
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 17.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Wheel Style: STRATOS
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/50 R17

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1126
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1620
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52.5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 467
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1150
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 600
  • Max. Loading Weight: 494
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1410
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.2

  • Heated windscreen: £315

  • Sport chassis control with drive mode select: £525
  • Sport chassis control with drive mode select for towing: £525

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

  • Rear parking sensors: Included
  • Front and rear parking sensors: £425
  • Drive mode selector: £135
  • Park assist system: £640
  • Rear view camera: £415
  • Cruise control: Included
  • Adaptive cruise control: £430
  • Blind Spot Detection (BAS): £555

  • Electrically operated boot door: £430

  • Driver fatigue sensor: £60

  • Latice grey decorative insert with chrome hot stamping: Included
  • Beige brushed decorative insert with chrome hot stamping: £0

  • USB - C port by rear view mirror: £50

  • Panoramic glass sunroof: £1,275
  • Pearl effect paint: £595
  • Special paint: £595
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Chrome window surround: £170
  • Exclusive paint: £975

  • Headlight washer system with washer fluid level indicator: £155
  • Basic LED headlights with LED daytime running lights: Included
  • Front fog lights with cornering function: Included
  • High beam control: £240
  • Full LED headlights with adaptive front light system: £840
  • LED rear lights with dynamic indicators: Included

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

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

  • Leather/microsuede pack - Scala: £1,195
  • Tailgate design pack - Scala: £295
  • Exterior design pack - Scala: £1,625
  • Interior pack - Scala: £130
  • Winter pack - Scala: £470
  • Boot pack - Scala: £85
  • Smoker pack - Scala: £45
  • Family pack - Scala: £200
  • Simply clever pack - Scala: £190
  • Dynamic sport interior pack - Scala: £670

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

  • Pearl - Black magic: £595

  • Solid - Energy blue: £0

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

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

  • Electrically adjustable driver seat: £550
  • Heated front seats and washer nozzles: £265
  • Height adjustable drivers seat: Included
  • Height adjustable passenger seat: Included

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

  • Dynamic sport interior pack - Fabric/microsuede cloth - Black: £670
  • Fabric/microsuede cloth - Black/grey: £0

  • Leather/microsuede cloth - Black: £1,195
  • Leather/microsuede cloth - Beige: £1,195

  • 18" Vega alloy wheels: £830
  • 17" Propos aero alloy wheels in black: £450
  • 17" Volans alloy wheels: £450
  • 18" Sirius alloy wheels: £830
  • 18" Vega aero alloy wheels: £930
  • 17" Stratos alloy wheels: Included

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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