Many years ago, the reputation of ŠKODA was more … John Attenborough rather than Sir David Attenborough; it had some success (mainly in the rallying world), but never really set the world alight like its more successful siblings, and purchasing a ŠKODA was a decision ruled by the head, rather than the heart. That’s not to say that they weren’t anything but a good car, but they were no Volkswagen Golf.
Perhaps that’s a little harsh, after all, they had been producing cars for nearly 100 years before the German giant took a share of the ownership, but the fact remains that the brand has blossomed under the VAG umbrella. And rightly so.
More recently, ŠKODA have been dipping their corporate toe in the SUV market, with the KAROQ and the KODIAQ, both prestigious award-winning vehicles (Mid-size SUV of the Year, Best Family SUV & Large SUV of the Year), so a return to their family hatchback roots was a pleasant surprise.
The Scala is all about family motoring, yes they offer the Octavia, but it’s just that little bit bigger, and not everyone wants or needs something that size. The Scala is built on the smallest platform in the VAG brand, used by the Polo and the Seat Ibiza, and yet the engineers at ŠKODA have managed to just squeeze a little more body length from it, so much so, that’s slightly bigger than the Golf, while retaining a wheelbase of similar size.
This gives it excellent head & leg room, whether that’s sat in the front, or the rear, and the cabin doesn’t leave you wanting either; depending on the specification, you can have a 12.3” virtual cockpit display, which replaces the analogue gauges with a full complement of configurable digital gauges, a 9.2” touchscreen infotainment system and a host of soft-touch, tactile finishes.
Despite being around £2,000 cheaper than some of the competition, ŠKODA haven’t skimped with equipment, not even with the entry-level model – air conditioning, alloy wheels, DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity, LED headlights, Auto Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist and speed limiter all come as standard equipment, as does the touchscreen infotainment system.
Of course we could tell you about the options and upgrades, such as the larger screens, parking sensors or the panoramic sunroof, but where’s the fun in spoiling all of the surprises?
Or perhaps you’d like to know more about the four different engines – three unleaded choices, ranging in power from 94hp though to 148hp, all turbocharged, and then there’s the super frugal diesel, a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder that should see more range than is comfortable, and there’s also a choice with transmissions – between a 5 or 6 speed manual, or for all but the entry level, a 7 speed dual-clutch automatic.
And just in case we still haven’t whetted your appetite, the Scala has a neat trick that changes things significantly – three different driving modes: Eco, Normal and Sport, and when we say it changes things, it really does. Switching between modes will change settings for the accelerator actuation, gearchange shift speed and points, the weight of the steering, suspension feel and even the power of the climate control.
There’s only so many words that we have at our disposal, only so many ways that we can tell you that the new Skoda’s really are ‘all that’ and more, and of course seeing it for yourself is so much more beneficial … touch those soft-touch materials, configure the virtual cockpit, push those buttons and stare out of the enormous panoramic roof … if you’ve known Skoda in the past, it’s about time you got to know them again.
Contact one of our friendly professionals for more details, or feel free to drop by and introduce yourself, we’ll always take the time to answer any questions you may have.