What alternatives should I consider to a used Skoda SCALA hatchback?
Any Ford Focus will run rings around the Scala in terms of driver engagement, and there is a vast variety of different engine options (there's even a semi-hot ST version) to suit all needs and desires. It's let down by a low-rent interior and clunkier to operate infotainment system, plus you'll also have to spend more to buy a Focus than you will for a Scala.
A post-facelift Vauxhall Astra is even less expensive to buy than a Scala and has a plusher interior, but you will have to offset that against poorer handling, an inferior ride, and a less practical interior.
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