Skoda is poised to launch its most concerted effort yet in the congested small-car class. The Scala hatch is a rival to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Toyota Corolla but, as with Skodas before it, promises more space and equipment for the same or less money.
In addition to its unique styling inside and out, the Scala has the biggest boot among its peers (a massive 467 litres versus 380 for the Golf and 217 for the Corolla). There are, of course, Skoda’s usual practical touches such as umbrellas hidden in the front doors, a plastic tab on the windscreen to keep parking tickets in place, and more storage cubbies than you can count.
In an era of sloping roof lines, tight back seat space, and small cargo holds (as per the new Mazda 3and Toyota Corolla) the Scala has managed to deliver a roomy, functional cabin in a hatch with handsome, sleek looks. However, local buyers will need to be patient. The Scala is at least a year away, due in Australian showrooms in the first half of 2020.
With the launch so far away, the price is yet to be confirmed, but we expect it to start from somewhere between $25,000 and $30,000 – in line with most recent small-car rivals including the Mazda3, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla. To help broaden appeal, it’s likely there will be at least two model grades (up from the sole option currently) and a list of options including a panorama sunroof, a digital dash display, sports seats, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and specially designed “aero” wheels.