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Skoda Scala verdict

2019 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.1 out of 53.1

Written by Jake Groves Published: 8 September 2023 Updated: 8 September 2023

Should I buy one?

A big step up from the old Rapid Spaceback it replaces, the Scala is an accomplished family hatchback that – although not a genuine VW Golf or Ford Focus rival – is a serious alternative to the cheaper options in the class. It majors in space, cabin quality, technology and safety kit, plus the Volkswagen Group connection could draw in customers looking for a cut-price Golf alternative.

Whether that is indeed what you’re looking for, or perhaps you just fancy an upgrade from a supermini, the Scala’s low list price – at the less expensive end of the range, certainly – makes it a surprisingly attainable and desirable option that you should strongly consider. Where its appeal feels less secure is with the pricier models – spending close to £30,000 buys an awful lot of talented alternatives and seems at odds with Skoda’s value-focused ethos. You’ll also find you’ll need to raid the options list for a few key items such as climate control in most models, pushing the price up further.

Our advice? As much as the SE L’s niceties appeal, it’s the mid-range SE that strikes a better balance, particularly when matched with the 1.0-litre 115hp TSI petrol engine and the smooth-shifting DSG automatic transmission. Pick yours in a bold colour at extra-cost and you’ve got a spacious, practical, comfy family hatch that still cuts a dash.

However, if you can afford to spend a little more for a proper family hatch rather than a stretched supermini, we’d advise looking at a Skoda Octavia or Honda Civic.

Green 2019 Skoda Scala rear three-quarter