Skoda Scala: Compact hatchback makes debut

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Author: | Updated: 07 Dec 2018 09:27

In what has been possibly the most prolonged and teased reveal in automotive history, Skoda has finally revealed their new compact hatchback at a launch event in Tel Aviv. Say hello to the Skoda Scala.

Scala is derived from the Latin word for stairs, so the Czech manufacturer is obviously hoping the hatchback will be a *ahem* step up in the right direction for the brand in the compact hatch segment.

Skoda Scala

“It is an all-new model that sets benchmarks within its segment in terms of technology, safety and design […] We’re convinced that the Scala has the best chance of redefining the A segment for Skoda.” stated Bernhard Maier, chairman of the board.

Based on Volkswagen Group’s A0 MQB platform – the same as the latest VW Polo and T-Roc – it’ll hit the market next year and replace the ageing Rapid as Skoda’s entry-level family hatchback.

While this is a smaller platform than the Golf, Skoda’s new car will sit in the same segment between the Fabia supermini and the larger Octavia meaning it should be around the same size as the Volkswagen. Thanks to a smaller platform, however, it should be noticeably cheaper.

The new interior is based on the Vision RS concept. It combines ergonomics with generous amount of space and the largest boot in the segment. Just like the front door trims, the instrument panel with its central touchscreen positioned high on the dashboard also features a high-quality, soft-foam surface.

As options, the heated windscreen and heated steering wheel provide additional comfort.

Skoda Scala interior

The optional Virtual Cockpit features a 10.25-inch display – the largest in the segment. Infotainment systems come with a screen size ranging from 6.5 inches up to 9.2 inches with the touchscreen positioned comfortably high on the dashboard in clear view of the driver and front passenger.

Using lots of new Skoda Connect mobile online services, the car can be locked and unlocked via a mobile phone and the infotainment system software or maps can be updated.

Also featured are the Simply Clever features we’ve come to know and love from Skoda such as an electrically retractable tow bar, an ice scraper in the fuel cap, and umbrella in the driver’s door.

Skoda Scala top

Four engine options will be available from launch, all of them turbocharged and direct-injected with stop/start system. The 93 HP 1.0 TSI transmits its power via a manual 5-speed gearbox. The 113 HP 1.0 TSI is available with a manual 6-speed gearbox as standard or with an automatic 7-speed DSG as an option.

The top-of-the-range petrol engine is the 1.5 TSI. This four-cylinder engine generates 147 HP and comes with a manual 6-speed gearbox as standard; a 7-speed DSG is also available as an option.

Only one diesel engine will be offered, a four-cylinder 1.6 TDI with a power output of 113 HP producing 250 Nm of torque.

Skoda Scala boot

Later in 2019 a fifth engine will be added to the mix running on eco-friendly natural gas. The 1.0 G-TEC is a three-cylinder CNG which results in less CO2 and NOx emissions than conventional fuels. After the filled natural gas is used up, the engine can also run on petrol.

The latest version of the CNG engine delivers 88 HP, which is transferred exclusively by a manual 6-speed gearbox.


With its excellent connectivity, high-quality equipment and exquisite materials, it perfectly represents the brand’s set of values, which are suitably encapsulated by the term ‘smart understatement’.

The Skoda Scala is expected to be available early 2019.

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