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      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      Small hatch
      Fuel type
      Petrol, diesel
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Skoda's budget Ford Focus Rival

Best bits

  • Comfortable and secure on the road
  • Roomy cabin and a big boot
  • More affordable than most of the competition

Not so great

  • Interior feels rather low on quality
  • Some items of standard kit are missing
  • Very basic infotainment on entry-level model

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Overall verdict on the Skoda Scala

"Sibling rivalry can be a powerful thing. Just look at Skoda’s range of family hatchbacks. First, you have the older sibling, the Octavia. Popular. Successful. Established. Good at everything. Then there’s the poor little Scala, the younger of the pair, who has to come along and make a name for itself in big school, while always trying to measure up to its big brother."

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Actually, it’s not like that with the Scala. This isn’t a car that’s trying to be a carbon-copy of its outstanding elder sibling. It has its own character, and it’s designed to offer something different. 


While the Octavia is - and continues to be - popular for providing limousine space for hatchback money, along with loads of luxury kit and a posh-feeling cabin, the Scala caters for different buyers. Not everyone needs as much space as the Octavia provides, and not everyone cares as much about quality and kit as they do about the pricetag. With that in mind, the Scala is a smaller, more budget-focused offering to satisfy those people who might otherwise be drawn to a Kia Ceed or Vauxhall Astra.


Of course, when we say ‘smaller’, everything is relative. The Octavia is enormous inside by class standards, and so the smaller Scala is still one of the roomiest cars in the class, both in the passenger compartment and in the boot. Yes, you will see evidence of cost-cutting in other areas: the interior is trimmed with fairly dull-looking grey plastics, and while lots of equipment is offered, not a great deal of it is standard. Still, what do you expect when the pricetag undercuts those of pretty much every rival?


Importantly, you won’t detect any signs of cost-cutting on the road. The Scala is an impressively comfortable and easy-going car to drive, with a compliant ride, controlled handling and perky and efficient engines. 


You’ll also enjoy the fantastic all-round visibility it gives you, the user-friendly nature of all the various controls and the peace-of-mind you get from its five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. In fact, quality and kit-list aside, the Scala is an exceptionally good all-rounder. And off for a bargain-basement price. If you like the finer things in life, it might not be for you, but when you stand to save thousands, surely it’s worth a look, right?

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Skoda Scala

1.5 TSI Monte Carlo 5dr

  • 2020
  • 5,000 miles
  • Cambridge Skoda
  • Cambridge, CB41SR
Price (ex VAT):£19,490
PCP: £297.02/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £297.02, Customer Deposit: £2,923.00, Total Deposit: £2,923.50, Optional Final Payment: £8,740.00, Total Charge For Credit: £2,569.20, Total Amount Payable: £22,059.20, Representative APR: 6.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 6.9%, Excess Mileage Charge: 7.2ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Skoda Scala

1.5 TSI SE 5dr DSG

  • 2020
  • 1,995 miles

Manufacturer Approved

  • Marshall Skoda Oxford
  • Oxfordshire, OX51AA
Price:£16,000
PCP: £250.65/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £250.65, Customer Deposit: £2,400.00, Total Deposit: £2,400.00, Optional Final Payment: £7,232.50, Total Charge For Credit: £2,405.25, Total Amount Payable: £18,405.25, Representative APR: 7.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 7.87%, Excess Mileage Charge: 7.2ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the Skoda Scala right for you?

Are you looking for as much car as you can possibly get for as little cash as possible? That’s always been where Skoda has been able to trump most rivals, and so it continues with the Scala. This is one of the roomiest cars in the class, and also one of the most affordable. However, Skoda is already covered in this area of the market by the excellent Octavia, so why have the Scala as well? 


Well, while the Octavia is an even roomier, slightly pricier and more upmarket offering, the Scala is designed for those people who don’t need quite so much space, and are operating on a rather tighter budget. And on that score, it does a fantastic job. You might have to forgive a few iffy interior plastics, and forego some items of luxury kit, but the Scala is a really well-rounded performer in every other area.

What's the best Skoda Scala model/engine to choose?

For our money, the Scala makes most sense as a petrol (badged TSI), and it’s the 115PS version of the 1.0-litre that has impressed us most so far. It’s actually more efficient than the entry-level 95PS option, but it still keeps purchase prices down, and it’s impressively smooth and punchy.


When it comes to your choice of trim level, none of them are ideal to be honest. The ones at the bottom of the range are rather spartan, and while the ones at the top of the range are much better, there’s still quite a bit of stuff you’d expect as standard that buyers are required to pay extra for. For us, the best compromise is the second-rung SE version, which gives you most of what you really need without taking purchase prices too high.

What other cars are similar to the Skoda Scala?

The Scala has no shortage of competitors, as this is one of the most fiercely-fought sectors in all of motoring. Sitting at the more affordable end of the family hatchback scale, the main competition comes from cars like the Ford Focus, Hyundai i30, Kia Ceed and Vauxhall Astra.


The Volkswagen Golf costs buyers a little bit more, and bridges the gap to more premium offerings like the Audi A3, BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A-Class. You also have dozens of small SUVs competing for the same cash.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

What is the Skoda Scala based on?

The Skoda Scala isn't really based on another model, but it does use a common set of Volkswagen Group components and parts that you'll see in many other models from Volkswagen's own Polo to SEAT's Ibiza.

Dan Harrison

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Dan Harrison

What is the best Skoda Scala to buy?

For our money, the Scala makes most sense as a petrol (badged TSI), and it’s the 115PS version of the 1.0-litre that has impressed us most so far. It’s actually more efficient than the entry-level 95PS option, but it still keeps purchase prices down, and it’s impressively smooth and punchy.

David Ross

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David Ross

Is the Skoda Scala expensive to insure?

Insurance groupings range from 10 at the bottom of the scale to 19 at the top, with most versions sitting at around the 14 mark. So, if you have a decent no-claims-bonus, premiums should be very palatable.

Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

Which Skoda Scala has the best MPG?

The best of the petrols is actually the 115PS version of the 1.0 TSI, with a figure of 51mpg compared with the weaker 95PS version’s 50mpg. However, the punchier engine’s return drops to 48mpg if you add the twin-clutch automatic, while the 1.5 TSI delivers 49mpg in manual form and 46mpg as an auto’.

Dan Powell

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