Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

The Parkers VerdictShould I buy a Skoda Scala Hatchback?

A big step up over the outgoing Rapid, the Scala is an accomplished family hatchback that – although not a genuine VW Golf or Ford Focus rival – is a serious alternative to the likes of the Kia Ceed and a plethora of others. 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.

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.

>> Scala too new and pricey? Read our review of the outgoing Skoda Rapid Spaceback

>> Need more space than the Scala can offer? Find out more about the larger Octavia range