Is The Skoda Scala Be All The Compact Hatchback You’ll Ever Need?

Unlike the smaller Fabia or the larger Octavia, not to mention the Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs, the Rapid hasn’t been the best-seller that Skoda was hoping for. It’s still offered in certain markets, but its successor, the Scala, is finally here.

Based on the VW Group’s MQB A0 platform, it slots under the Octavia and is the brand’s rival to the likes of the Hyundai i30, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Peugeot 308 and the rest in the compact segment. Furthermore, just like all other Skodas out there, it counts on its spacious interior and an affordable starting price to help it on the sales front.

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In the United Kingdom, the Scala can be had from just a little bit under £16,600 ($21,789/€19,404). As a result, it’s £2,170 ($2,848/€2,536) more affordable than the base Volkswagen Golf and £1,670 ($2,192/€1,952) cheaper than the entry-level Seat Leon. Paying the aforementioned sum gets you a 95 PS (94 hp / 70 kW) 1.0-liter petrol engine, but the automaker is also offering other units, with up to 150 PS (148 hp / 110 kW), as well as a 115 PS (113 hp / 85 kW) 1.6-liter diesel.

The Scala thus has new underpinnings, looks decent and adds an all-new cockpit layout. But are all of these enough to make it stand out from its competitors? Autotrader traveled to Split, Croatia, to get a closer look at it. They drove the 115 PS (113 hp / 85 kW) 1.0-liter petrol version of the car, equipped with optional adaptive suspension, and found it to be… on a second thought, we think you’d rather want to watch the review and find out all about the Scala.


  • Giannis Antypas

    Do we need any more publicity stunts ?
    That is the question.

  • europeon

    I don’t need a compact hatchback. Never needed one. Never will.

    • GT

      Good to know, thanks for sharing.

  • sean tooher

    disastrous dated design, dire

  • ace_9

    Sadly, the price is no longer competitive. I would not even hesitate between this or a 1.0 civic for the same money.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    A bit pf a lazy design with nothing to excite or even interest.
    VFM isn’t always the best way to sell.

  • nik

    Well add disastrous, dated, lazy, and ugly to my resume because I actually dig the design a lot lolol

  • Perry F. Bruns

    “Is The Skoda Scala Be All The Compact Hatchback You’ll Ever Need?”

    Is your copy editor be taking all the vacation time?

    Are all your base belong to us?

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