Skoda is getting ready to step on Volkswagen’s toes in Australia.
When it touches down in June, the new Scala will go head-to-head with the Volkswagen Golf on price. But until the Mk8 Golf arrives late this year, the Skoda will pack more technology and a much more modern interior.
Even the entry-level model will get a 10.25-inch digital instrument display, while range-topping models will debut wireless Apple CarPlay for Skoda in Australia.
The Scala represents an aggressive push from Skoda into Golf, Corolla, Mazda 3, and Hyundai i30 territory.
Although it’s built on the same MQB A0 platform as the pint-sized Volkswagen Polo, the Scala is actually larger than a Golf or Corolla – and promises to pack more into its boot than its rivals, thanks to Skoda’s famously clever packaging.
Three models will be offered in Australia, starting with the $26,990 drive-away 110TSI manual and extending to the Launch Edition, priced from $35,990 drive-away.
2020 Skoda Scala pricing
- Skoda Scala 110TSI manual: $27,690 ($26,990 drive-away)
- Skoda Scala 110TSI: $28,690 ($28,990 drive-away)
- Skoda Scala Monte Carlo: $33,390 ($33,990 drive-away)
- Skoda Scala Launch Edition: $34,690 ($35,990 drive-away)
All prices exclude on-road costs.
Only one engine is offered in the Scala. It’s a 1.5–litre four–cylinder petrol making 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed manual in the base model, or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The 100km/h sprint takes a claimed 8.2 seconds.
Claimed fuel economy for the Skoda Scala is 5.0L/100km on the combined cycle.
The car does require 95 RON premium unleaded, where many of its rivals can be fuelled with cheaper 91 RON regular unleaded.
The Skoda Scala measures 4362mm long, 1793mm wide and 1471mm tall. That makes it 104mm longer and 19mm taller than the current Volkswagen Golf, although it’s 6mm narrower owing to its MQB A0 underpinnings.
Boot space is 467L with the rear seats in place, or 1490L with them folded.
Although it hasn’t been rated by ANCAP, Euro NCAP rated the Scala five stars during testing in 2019.
It scored 97 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, 81 per cent for vulnerable road users, and 76 per cent for safety assist.
Lane-keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking, driver monitoring, and adaptive cruise control are standard across the range.
Standard equipment on the base Scala 110TSI includes:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Powered tailgate
- Rear parking sensors
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane-keeping assist
- Tyre-pressure monitoring
- 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit
- Wireless phone charging
- Power-folding exterior mirrors
- 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- LED taillights
- Two rear USB ports
Moving to the Monte Carlo brings:
- Black exterior trim
- Unique 18-inch alloy wheels
- Panoramic roof
- Sports seats and pedals
- Full LED headlights
- Dual-zone climate control
- Keyless entry and start
- Sport chassis (15mm lower suspension)
Jumping to the range-topping Launch Edition brings:
- Body-coloured door mirrors
- Chrome grille, window surrounds
- Unique alloy wheels
- Leather/suede seats
- Heated seats, front and rear
- Powered driver’s seat
- 9.2-inch infotainment touchscreen
- Satellite navigation
- Automatic headlights
- Automatic wipers
- Wireless Apple CarPlay
- Automatic parking assist
- Side assist
- Rear cross-traffic alert
Skoda hasn’t yet revealed capped-price servicing costs for the Scala, however two service packages will be offered.
Three years of pre-paid servicing will set you back $800, while five years will cost $1400.
As with the wider Skoda range, the Scala is backed by a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.