Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Excellent rear-seat passenger space
  • More boot space than a Volkswagen Golf
  • Front cabin feels a little narrow

Overall occupant space in the Scala is excellent, although the first impressions from sitting in the front aren’t quite so impressive. While there’s plenty of legroom, headroom and storage space all-round, the driver and passenger feel excessively close together, often rubbing elbows on the small armrest. It’s not the end of the world especially if you’re familiar with the person next to you, however cars such at the Focus, Golf and Astra feel wider up front. 

Hop in the back however, and the Scala shows its trump card. Even with the optional panoramic sunroof fitted, headroom is exceptional, while legroom and outer seat foot room (the latter often forgotten about in many cars) is plentiful.

There is space for three across the back, although this is best utilised only on shorter journeys owing to the chunky central tunnel robbing foot room for the middle seat passenger. Again, storage space in the back is good, with large door pockets, netting behind the front seats and a central armrest with cupholders (standard on SE L). 

Despite being based on the same platform as the SEAT Ibiza, the Scala is longer and a tiny bit wider than the Volkswagen Golf, only losing out on height in the size stakes. This means that it’s worth double-checking your garage dimensions if you had another five-door hatchback in mind originally.

It’s not particularly difficult to park however, with only the large central door pillar limiting over-the-shoulder visibility more than most. Rear parking sensors are standard on SE cars, with a reversing camera and automatic parking (Park Assist) available as options.

Green 2019 Skoda Scala boot with rear seats in place

The Scala’s bootspace is exceptional and sees off just about every other car in this category. Boasting 467 litres of space with rear seats in place, rising to 1,410 litres with them folded down (the Golf manages 380 and 1,270 litres) has oodles of room for luggage and also provides an adjustable-height boot floor. Sadly, the seats only fold in a 60:40 split (although this is par for the course in this sector), with a relatively flat profile once they’re down. What’s more, there’s only a tiny lip from the boot entry to the boot floor, making it easy to slide heavy items in.

Safe, but a lot of kit's optional

  • Autonomous emergency braking as standard
  • Up to nine airbags
  • Plenty of optional safety kit

As well as offering up to nine airbags, the Scala comes with (as standard or as an option) a suite of safety technology designed to prevent accidents or keep the occupants safe in the event of one. These include: 

  • Crew Protect Assist (optional) – quickly closes any open windows and tensions the front seat belts automatically when an impending collision is detected
  • Multi-Collision Brake – applies the brakes after an impact to prevent a secondary accident
  • Full LED headlights, taillights and fog lights as standard
  • Front Assist with City Emergency Brake – automatically applies the brakes if an imminent impact with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected
  • Lane Assist – helps keep the car within its lane
  • Side Assist with Rear Traffic Alert (optional) – detects vehicles approaching from behind or that are in the car’s blindspot. Differs from Blind Spot Detect in that it can detect vehicles up to 70 metres away, rather than just 20 metres away
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (optional)
  • Driver Alert Fatigue Detection (optional) – alerts the driver if the car detects their concentration is waning
  • Park Assist (optional) – automatic bay or parallel parking

All that technology helped ensure that the Scala received a full five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP when it was crash-tested in 2019.

Watch: Skoda Scala Euro NCAP crash test rating video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Skoda Scala Hatchback.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Side airbags
  • Space saver spare wheel

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

Monte Carlo equipment

Monte Carlo standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Monte Carlo optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
S optional equipment
None available

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
SE optional equipment
None available

SE L equipment

SE L standard equipment
  • Alarm
  • Audio remote
  • Cruise control
  • Front fog lights
  • Lumbar support
  • Parking sensors
  • Sat Nav
SE L optional equipment
  • CD
  • Climate control

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Skoda Scala Hatchback was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 97%
Child Occupant: 87%
Vulnerable Road Users: 81%
Safety Assist: 76%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.