Skoda Scala – impressions from the first drives in Croatia

As one of the first magazines in the world we had the opportunity to check the new Skoda Scala. In our hands we were given version 1.0 TSI and 1.5 TSI.

Skoda is starting a new chapter in its history. After a series of successes in introducing refreshed models and debut in the SUV segment, it’s time for serious changes. The first car of the new generation is a brand new hatchback, which is intended to create a lot of chaos in the C segment.

Scala in terms of size is the link between Fabia and Octavia. So far, this place has been filled by Rapid Spaceback, but it was only slightly larger than Fabia and did not classify as a C segment. As Skoda admits, customers expected something a little bit bigger, but for many Octavia was simply too big.

Skoda Scala is not a rebuilt Rapid, but a completely new model and you can see it. Its appearance is completely new and it foretells changes in the future models. At the front, the main hallmarks are the triangular lights, the large radiator grille and the bumper with its full width design.

At the back we have a completely new shape of headlights, which smoothly overlap the tailgate. In the top versions of Styles and above, this one will be fully glassed like its predecessor. There’s something else here – the Scala is the first car in the range to have the brand name spelled on the flap instead of the simple logo.

As far as the interior is concerned, the first contact with it is very positive. The design is very simple and clear. In the central console we will find a large, standing out tablet, through which we will handle all the functions of a car. Air conditioning has a separate panel, which is known from other models of the VAG group, and behind the wheel we can have a display instead of traditional clocks, whose appearance can be customized with a few preinstalled themes.

The quality of the materials is good and the amount of space is quite large. At the front we can have standard seats or sports bucket seats. The second one has a very good side grip and the ride in them is very confident. I also drove many kilometers on the rear seat. With no problem there can be two adults here – the amount overhead and on feet is sufficient.

This trunk is very roomy for a C-segment car. It has a capacity of 467 litres, which is quietly enough for everyday use, as well as for long journeys. You’ll find hooks, side pockets and even a double floor. Additionally, the Scala is the first compact I’ve ever ridden, which has an electrically controlled boot flap.

To begin with, the Skoda Scala will be available in 5 engine variants. The range will be opened with 1.0 TSI 95 hp and closed with 1.5 TSI 150 hp. There is also good news for long-distance customers. Unlike Fabia, the range will include a 1.6 TDI diesel unit.

No new drive units are planned for the time being. This is expected to continue throughout the model’s launch on the European market, which means that if a new engine comes on stream, it will be in two years’ time at the earliest.

Engine Capacity Power / Torque Gearbox 0 – 100 km/h Vmax
Petrol Engines
1.0 TSI 999 cm3 95 PS (70 kW) / tba Nm 5-speed manual tba tba
1.0 TSI 999 cm3 115 PS (85 kW) / 200 Nm 6-speed manual 9,8 sec 201 km/h
1.5 TSI 1498 cm3 150 PS (110 kW) / 250 Nm 7-speed automatic 8,2 sec 219 km/h
Diesel Engines
1.6 TDI 1598 cm3 115 PS (85 kW) / 250 Nm 6-speed manual 10,1 sec 201 km/h
7-speed automatic 10,3 sec 200 km/h

The Skoda Scala made a very good impression on me during my first rides. The car is driving smoothly and stable. On twisty mountain roads the car worked very well and did not lean out in corners even at high speeds. This is thanks, among other things, to the 15mm lower suspension, which was fitted to all the test cars.

Maneuvering is not difficult either. The Scala is a true compact that measures only 4362 mm long, 1793 mm wide and 1471 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2649 mm.

During the test of a 115 hp TSI engine with a capacity of just 1 litre, the car worked very well in the city. The amount of power is sufficient for dynamic driving on crowded city streets and is the optimal unit for everyday driving. It is nimble in the city and has a low consumption when driving peacefully. However, this is not something that works out outside the city. Dynamic driving is possible, but the lack of power is noticeable. Combustion also increases dramatically. In this case, it is more sensible to choose the top 150 horsepower unit 1.5 TSI. This engine is willing to cooperate even in very sporty driving. Its second advantage is the DSG automatic transmission, which is standard.

Text and photos: Michał Śniadek

2019 Skoda Scala – first drive

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