Skoda Scala review

Category: Family car

Section: Performance & drive

Skoda Scala 2022 rear cornering
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  • Skoda Scala 2022 interior dashboard
  • Skoda Scala 2022 interior rear seats
  • Skoda Scala 2022 interior infotainment
  • Skoda Scala 2022 right tracking
  • Skoda Scala 2022 front cornering
  • Skoda Scala 2022 rear right tracking
  • Skoda Scala 2022 front static
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  • Skoda Scala 2022 headlight detail
  • Skoda Scala 2022 rear lights detail
  • Skoda Scala 2022 interior front seats
  • Skoda Scala 2022 interior detail
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  • Skoda Scala 2022 boot open
  • Skoda Scala 2022 front right cornering
  • Skoda Scala 2022 rear cornering
  • Skoda Scala 2022 interior dashboard
  • Skoda Scala 2022 interior rear seats
  • Skoda Scala 2022 interior infotainment
  • Skoda Scala 2022 right tracking
  • Skoda Scala 2022 front cornering
  • Skoda Scala 2022 rear right tracking
  • Skoda Scala 2022 front static
  • Skoda Scala 2022 right static
  • Skoda Scala 2022 headlight detail
  • Skoda Scala 2022 rear lights detail
  • Skoda Scala 2022 interior front seats
  • Skoda Scala 2022 interior detail
  • Skoda Scala 2022 interior detail
  • Skoda Scala 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

The Skoda Scala engine range starts with a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that comes in two states of tune: 94bhp (TSI 95) and 109bhp (TSI 110). The TSI 95 is fine, but in a car this size, it can feel a little flat. We recommend the TSI 110, which is a cracking engine. It has enough low-end shove to keep up with the flow traffic with relative ease, plus decent overtaking power (0-62mph takes 10.1sec). It has the pace over the 1.0-litre Kia Ceed and is our pick of the Scala range.

If you have a bit more money to spend, we'd completely understand if you stepped up to the 148bhp 1.5 TSI 150 petrol. For those looking to carry lots of people and luggage, its added zip will be just the ticket. It really is quite quick, with 0-62mph in just 8.2sec.

For absolutely the best ride in this class, you'll need a Volkswagen Golf with optional adaptive DCC suspension. That combo is way more expensive than the Scala, though. 

Skoda Scala 2022 rear cornering

Handling

The Scala delivers more grip, come rain or shine, than the Mazda 3, and that grip is better balanced front to rear than it is in the Ceed.

There's a fair amount of body lean, so while the Scala handles tidily, it never flits through bends as keenly as the Focus and Seat Leon – the benchmarks for enthusiastic drivers.

Still, there's a sense of precision to the Scala's steering and it builds weight progressively, giving you the confidence you need when guiding it along tight and twisty country lanes. Again, it just lacks the Focus's delicate and intricate sense of connection to the road. 

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