Meet the new Skoda Scala.
This time around, the Scala aims to be a more conventional mid-sized hatchback and first impressions are solid. So it is the VW Group, and it can’t be a bad thing?
Although Skoda waxes lyrical about the materials and colours, the first thing you’ll certainly care about it will be sat bang in the centre of the cabin.
Skoda’s new infotainment system
Central touchscreen mounted higher up on the dashboard is fitted to look like free-standing. Measuring up to 9.2-inches in size on top-spec models, standard-spec ones come with a smaller 6.5-inch version.
Over-the-air updates will be available for the first time via the multimedia system, while wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay/Android Auto will be available.
The Skoda Connect app will also allow owners to access certain features on their smart phone, whether it’s locking or unlocking the vehicle remotely, or updating the sat-nav maps prior to travel.
The dashboard and front door trim panels feature a sophisticated soft-foam surface with a specific new grain texture.
Skoda Scala specs
Skoda points out that lane assist, autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control will be available, along with a maximum of nine airbags. Full LED headlights, heated steering wheel, heated windscreen and heated rear seats can be found on the options list.
There’s a range of turbocharged petrols and a diesel available for the Skoda Scala, with a 1.0-litre TSI producing 94hp and 113bhp with a 1.5-litre producing 148bhp sitting at the top of the range. A 1.6-litre TDI is the sole diesel option offering 113bhp.
The new Scala will use the VW Group’s A0 MQB platform. The same underpinnings used by the Seat Ibiza along with VW’s Polo and T-Roc.
Skoda’s chairman of the board, Bernhard Maier, said:
‘we are proposing a new chapter in the compact class of Skoda. It is a completely new development that sets standards in terms of technology, safety and design in this class.’