The all-new Škoda SCALA is a compact model with a full helping of practicality and equipment. It received the ‘Red Dot’ design prize for product design in 2019. The Škoda SCALA’s emotive and dynamic appearance lends this five-door hatchback such a strong identity that you’ll never be just a face in the crowd. Inside you will be surrounded by soft materials, a largest-in-class display and ample space in all directions.
The SCALA’s headlights are narrow and tapered and, together with the striking upright radiator grille, the large air inlet positioned beneath it and the side Air Curtains, shape the compact model’s front. Featuring a sporty, elegant design, the SCALA is packed with emotive appeal and, in addition to the KAMIQ, is the first Škoda production model in Europe bearing the Škoda lettering on its tailgate instead of the brand’s logo.
The block lettering particularly comes into its own on the extended rear window that is included in the Emotion and Image packages. Full LED headlights and tail lights as well as dynamic rear indicators add to the car’s striking appearance, as do the aerodynamically optimised alloy wheels measuring up to 18 inches and the twelve available body colours.
The SCALA’s new interior concept combines ergonomics and emotiveness with plenty of space. There are a plethora of storage compartments throughout, as well as a 467-litre boot, which increases to 1,410-litre with the split back seats folded down. A wheelbase of 2,649 mm allows for a generous 73 mm of kneeroom in the rear and the 982 mm of rear headroom sets benchmarks in the segment.
On the redesigned dashboard, a character line echoes the lines of the bonnet and flows around the free-standing screen measuring up to 9.2 inches, which is positioned high up and in clear view of the driver. Warm colours, individual decorative trims, ambient lighting and coloured contrasting stitching on the seats create a pleasant atmosphere. As options, the heated windscreen and heated steering wheel provide additional comfort.
The Swing, Bolero and Amundsen systems from the third generation of the modular infotainment matrix are being used for the first time within Volkswagen Group and have displays measuring from 6.5 to 9.2 inches – the latter is amongst the largest in the segment – and can be equipped with the Škoda Sound System featuring ten speakers as an optional extra.
Thanks to its integrated LTE eSIM, the SCALA is always online and, in addition to the eCall, provides access to Škoda Connect’s mobile online services such as Infotainment Online with Infotainment Apps that can be downloaded from the Shop or Care Connect with remote vehicle access and the Proactive Service feature. Wireless SmartLink+ technology, a Wi-Fi hotspot, USB-C ports and a Phone Box with inductive charging are also available. The SCALA also features enhanced voice control.
The SCALA offers numerous assistance systems that up until now could only be found in higher vehicle segments. Side Assist, which shows vehicles approaching from behind or that are in the car’s blind spot up to 70 m away, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) at speeds of up to 210 km/h and Park Assist are all optional. Lane Assist and Front Assist, which includes the City Emergency Brake and Predictive Pedestrian Protection functions, come as standard. In the event of an impending collision, the optional proactive occupant protection system Crew Protect Assist automatically closes any open windows and tensions the front seat belts.
The optional Sport Chassis Control makes its debut at Škoda in the new SCALA; the sporty chassis is 15 mm lower than the standard version and can be set to Normal or Sport using Driving Mode Select. Three TSI petrol engines with cylinder capacities of 1.0 or 1.5 l and a 1.6-litre TDI offer power outputs from 70 to 110 kW (95 to 150 PS); a 1.0 G-TEC producing 66 kW (90 PS) is set to follow in the fourth quarter of 2019 and is designed to run on environmentally friendly natural gas (CNG).
They all fulfil the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standard and can be coupled with a manual gearbox (5- or 6-speed) or a 7-speed DSG. All petrol engines are equipped with a petrol particulate filter. The 1.6 TDI is fitted with a diesel particulate filter.
|Engine||Fuel||Transmission||CO2 Emissions(g/km)||Annual Motor Tax||ACTIVE From||AMBITION From||STYLE From|
|1.0TSI 95hp||Petrol||Manual||119 – 123||€190||€21,270||€23,120||€25,300|
|1.0TSI 110hp||Petrol||Manual||120 – 125||€190||-||€23,645||€25,825|
|1.0TSI 110hp DSG||Petrol||DSG (Auto)||130 – 134||€200||-||€26,725||€29,000|
|1.5TSI 150hp||Petrol||Manual||128 – 129||€200||-||-||€28,205|
|1.5TSI 150hp DSG||Petrol||DSG (Auto)||133 – 134||€210||-||-||€30,725|