Used Skoda Scala 2019-present review

Category: Family car

Section: Alternatives

Skoda Scala driving
  • Skoda Scala front - red
  • Skoda Scala digital instruments
  • Skoda Scala interior
  • Skoda Scala boot
  • Skoda Scala driving
  • Skoda Scala rear
  • Skoda Scala back seats
  • Skoda Scala infotainment
  • Skoda Scala front - red
  • Skoda Scala digital instruments
  • Skoda Scala interior
  • Skoda Scala boot
  • Skoda Scala driving
  • Skoda Scala rear
  • Skoda Scala back seats
  • Skoda Scala infotainment

Alternatives

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.

Overview

The Scala has many appealing qualities aside from its reasonable price. Few rivals have such a comfortable ride or offer quite so much practicality thanks to a huge boot and lots of rear seat space. Yes, it isn't as refined as the very best, but then it was never priced as a premium family car when new, so that's to be expected.

  • Comfortable ride and tidy handling
  • Spacious rear seats and a big boot
  • Inexpensive to run
  • Interior feels a little cheap in places
  • Noisier at speed than the quietest rivals
  • Sat-nav only available on higher trims