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Skoda Scala

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Summary


The Skoda Scala is a mid-sized hatchback that replaces the Rapid in the Skoda range. It was unveiled in late 2018 before going on sale in early 2019. It is built on the same platform that underpins a lot of different Volkswagen Group models, like the similarly-sized VW Golf and SEAT Leon hatchbacks.

The Scala has received generally positive scores from the UK motoring media, but the level of enthusiasm has varied from mildly disinterested (Autocar, Honest John) to wildly enthusiastic (Auto Express). Most reviews have praised the Scala’s practicality and spaciousness, but criticised the overall lack of refinement compared to its rivals and other VW Group cars built on the same platform.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £17,270 on-road

Launched: Winter 2018/19
Last updated: –
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Daily Mirror

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2019

97%

ADULT OCCUPANT

87%

CHILD OCCUPANT

81%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

76%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Skoda Scala has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Skoda Scala has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Family Car for Value

2020

  • What Car? Awards – Best Family Car

2019

  • Auto Express Awards – Compact Family Car of the Year

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