Skoda Scala Hatchback Unveiled: Walkaround

This is the new Skoda Scala

Skoda goes upscale with Scala compact hatchback

The name comes from the Latin word "stairs" or "ladder", which represents the brand's evolutionary step forwards in the segment. The company says this is a more emotional design language and takes inspiration from the Vision RS concept shown earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show.

First off, the design. What does that have to do with the Skoda Scala? The Scala also comes with a black roof and roof spoiler. As noted previously, it ditches the Skoda logo on the tailgate for a large line of letters spelling out its name.

The new model is based on Volkswagen Group's ubiquitous MQB platform and it has grown in all dimensions, including length (4362mm, +58mm) width (1793mm, +87mm), height (1471mm, +12mm) and wheelbase (2649mm, +47mm). Interestingly, Skoda claims that the Scala has similar rear interior space to the Octavia. Not only is there more room for passengers, but the boot's volume has also increased from 415 litres with the seats up to 467 litres.

Higher-specced models are equipped with an eight-speaker sound system, Wi-Fi hotspot, 3D satellite navigation, wireless smartphone charging, 64GB of internal SSD storage, and downloadable apps for the infotainment system. The said platform is used for models such as the Seat Ibiza and Volkswagen T-Roc. The setup is quite minimalistic but again uses varied surfacing to bring a more premium feel.

Having said that, the Scala is available with three TSI petrol engines, one 1.6 litre four-cylinder TDI engine, and a 1.0 litre three-cylinder G-TEC mill that's specifically created to run on environmentally friendly natural gas (CNG). Towards the end of 2019, a 1.0 G-TEC with 89 bhp on tap and a six-speed manual will be added to the range for those with a soft spot for compressed natural gas (CNG). The Scala gets a new system called Sport Chassis Control, which will lower the hatchback by 15 mm to improve handling. The 1.6 litre TDI unit makes 115 PS and 250 Nm of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is also available on the diesel and more powerful petrol variants.

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Those familiar with the MQB platform will know the breadth of its performance and exemplary ride capabilities.

For buyers wanting a sporty driving experience, the Scala is available with a sports chassis option, which lowers the vehicle by 15mm and allows drivers to choose between Normal, Eco, Sport and Individual driving modes via the infotainment touchscreen. It features four drive modes - Normal, Sport, Eco and Individual.

Notable features on Scala will be a par for the course in this segment.

The Scala also gets the option of an electric tailgate and features Skoda's wealth of Simply Clever features, which includes an umbrella compartment (and umbrella) stored in the driver's door.

Three different trim levels - S, SE and SE L - will be on offer in some markets, all of which will get a number of driver assist systems as standard, including autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist.

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