Skoda is getting ready to roll out the Scala hatchback across European markets and has just released a big photo gallery revealing every detail of its Golf-sized model.
The first Skoda model based on VW Group’s MQB-A0 platform bets on efficient packaging, high functionality, as well as new technology and connectivity features to make a name for itself in the highly competitive European C-segment.
Styled in accordance with the brand’s new design language, the Scala looks like a cross between a typical five-door hatchback and a wagon. The car’s appearance is enhanced by the full LED headlights and taillights, dynamic rear indicators, and alloy wheels measuring up to 18 inches.
It is 4,362 mm (171.7 in) long, 1,793 mm (70.6 in) wide and 1,471 mm (56 in) high. It also has a wheelbase of 2,649 mm (104.3 in), which allows for 73 mm (2.87 in) of knee room in the rear and 982 mm (38.6 in) of rear headroom. Skoda says these are benchmarks in the segment. The boot is generous too, offering a cargo capacity of 467 liters (16.5 cu ft) with all seats in place and up to 1,410 liters (50 cu ft) with the rear seats folded down (60:40).
As with all Skoda models, the Scala offers several Simply Clever features that make life easier for the driver and passengers. Highlights include the power tailgate including Tip-To-Close function, an electrically retractable tow bar, ice scraper with a tire tread depth gauge and integrated funnel in the lid of the windscreen washer tank.
The interior is dominated by the free-standing touchscreen measuring from 6.5 inches to 9.2 inches depending on the trim level and the (optional) 10.25-inch digital instrument panel. The Scala also offers ambient lighting, colored contrasting stitching on the seats, individual decorative trims, and more. Comfort is enhanced by optional extras such as the heated windscreen and steering wheel.
The engine lineup consists of three TSI turbocharged gasoline engines and one turbo diesel. There’s an entry-level 1.0-liter TSI three-cylinder making 95 PS (94 hp), a mid-range 1.0-liter TSI with 115 PS (113 hp) and a top-of-the-line 1.5-liter TSI four-cylinder that makes 150 PS (148 hp).
From the fourth quarter of 2019, the range will also get a 90PS (89hp) 1.0-liter G-Tec unit that runs on natural gas (CNG). Finally, the 1.6-liter TDI four-cylinder diesel is rated at 115 PS (113 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. Transmission options include five- and six-speed manual units as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
The Scala is the first Skoda to get the optional Sport Chassis Control suspension, which lowers the ride height by 15 mm (0.6 in) and offers Normal or Sport driving modes.
Sales of the 2019 Scala kick off this month across Europe and from May in the UK, with the first deliveries following in the summer. Prices start from €21,450 in Germany and £16,595 in the UK.