Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 8.9 - 11.0 mpp
Diesel engines 10.6 - 12.1 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 41.5 - 51.4 mpg
Diesel engines 52.3 - 60.1 mpg
  • Best fuel economy from the 1.6-litre diesel
  • 1.0-litre petrols are inexpesive to run
  • Reasonable servicing costs

Diesels may be falling out of favour with buyers generally, but the 1.6-litre TDIs still represent the most economical way of enjoying Scala motoring, although under the newer WLTP testing regime that attempts to be a closer representation of real-world driving, the petrol models aren't too far behind.

Opting for the 115hp 1.6-litre TDI engine with the six-speed manual transmission will yield a claimed 53.3-57.7mpg, this decreasing to 49.6-54.3mpg for the DSG automatic version.

Those of you who prefer petrol have a couple of choices so far: the 95hp 1.0-litre TSI (five-speed manual) is quoted at 44.1-50.4mpg, while the 115hp version (with a six-speed 'box) ranges from 43.5-49.6mpg. That latter motor can also be paired with a seven-speed DSG auto, with the least impressive results so far at 41.5-47.1mpg. 

Opt for the most powerful 150hp 1.5-litre TSI and you'll enjoy fuel economy of up to 48.7mpg - though we regularly saw figures approaching 50mpg on longer journeys.

Skoda servicing costs are reasonable, yet don’t forget that the parts are sourced from the Volkswagen Group, meaning that repairs on some items (when out of warranty) can be very pricey.

  • Petrol and diesel models available
  • Lowest CO2 comes from 1.6-litre TDI engine
  • Full CO2 emissions figures to be confirmed

It's the 1.6-litre TDI diesels that perform best with quotes as low as 108g/km. Depending upon the power output and gearbox type, the 1.0-litre TSI petrols produce between 113-116g/km.

The 1.5 TSI produces up to 141g/km on the largest wheels available.

  • Skoda has a solid reliability record
  • Many tried-and tested parts
  • Fairly new platform for the Scala

Skoda has a respectable reliability record, with many of the parts used in its cars already tried and tested on other Volkswagen Group models. The Scala is a brand-new model using the MQB A0 platform (also used on the SEAT Ibiza), so there’s little to go on in terms of specifics, yet we don’t anticipate any major issues with cars under warranty.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £150
Insurance group 10 - 19
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