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69 ŠKODA Scala 1.6 TDI SE 5dr DSG

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Bluetooth systemEasy light assist
Front assist systemLane assist
Multi function trip computerRain and light assist with auto dimming rear view mirror
Speed limiter 

Entertainment

2 USB - C ports8 loudspeakers
Bolero radio with 8" touchscreen displayDAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

Body colour door mirrors and handlesChrome grille surround
Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrorsFront and rear electric windows
Tinted windows 

Interior Features

12V socket in centre console12V socket in luggage compartment
Chrome inner door handlesCloth upholstery
Decor strip on dashboard and door panelGlasses storage in roof liner
Glovebox with cooling system and illuminationHeight adjustable drivers seat
Height adjustable passenger seatInstrument cluster with chrome painted decor ring
ISOFIX for rear passenger seatLeather gearknob and handbrake lever
Reading lights for driver and front passengerStorage compartment under front seats
Sun visor with make up mirror for front passengerThird rear headrest
Umbrella 

Safety

Curtain airbagsEmergency call and proactive services
Front head and side airbagsHill hold control
Passenger airbag switch off functionSeat belt reminder for all seats
Two tone horn 

Security

AlarmAnti-theft wheel bolts
SAFE function for remote central locking 

Wheels

Temporary space saver wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)108NOx0.04
Particles0.0002Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1598Compression Ratio16.2:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)79.5Cylinders - Stroke (mm)80.5
Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSEFuel DeliveryCOMMON RAIL
Gears7 SPEEDNumber of Valves16
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)68.9EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)76.3EC Urban (mpg)57.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max5.7WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max6.1WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max5WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min4.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max6.9WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max5.4WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max49.6WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min54.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max46.3WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min52.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Max56.5WLTP - MPG - High - Min62.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max40.9WLTP - MPG - Low - Min43.5
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max52.3WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min56.5

General

AdBlueTrueBadge Engine CC1.6
Badge Power115Coin DescriptionTDI
Coin SeriesSEInsurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0716E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %97NCAP Child Occupant Protection %87
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095NCAP Pedestrian Protection %81
NCAP Safety Assist %76Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Timing Belt Interval Mileage112000
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)10.1Engine Power - BHP115
Engine Power - KW85Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM3250Engine Torque - LBS.FT184
Engine Torque - MKG25.5Engine Torque - NM250
Engine Torque - RPM1500Top Speed124

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front205/55 R16Tyre Size Rear205/55 R16
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel StyleORION
Wheel Type16" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1471Length4362
Wheelbase2649Width1793
Width (including mirrors)1988 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)50Gross Vehicle Weight1769
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1410Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)467
Max. Loading Weight505Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1250Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked660
Minimum Kerbweight1264No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb10.2
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Skoda Scala

Skoda's Scala claims to bring something a little different to the family hatchback class. Jonathan crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The Scala is Skoda's most credible tilt yet at the Focus-class family hatchback segment. Though the engineering's familiar from other VW Group models, the way the Czech brand has packaged it all up is quite appealing, with a decent combination of value, practicality and efficiency. If you prioritise sense and sensibility, want value in a car of this kind and are looking for something a little different from the obvious contenders in this class, the Scala could be worth a look.

Background

Skoda has yet to really crack the family hatchback market, which in some ways is strange given the considerable success that various generations of its Fabia supermini have enjoyed. Last time the Czech brand attacked this segment, it was so desperate to succeed that it brought us not one family hatch design but two, the very Skoda-like Rapid and the more conventional Rapid Spaceback. Now, all efforts have been concentrated on just one design, just one body shape and just one name: Scala. The name comes from the Latin meaning 'stairs' or 'ladder', reflecting the fact that this model will be 'a leap forward in design and technology' according at least to Skoda. Of course, from an engineering point of view, it shares just about everything with Volkswagen Group contemporaries, in this case primarily VW's Golf and SEAT's Leon. But as usual, Skoda offers it all at slightly lower prices and with a range of 'Simply Clever' design features intended to make everyday life with this car just that little bit easier.

Driving Experience

Let's get the under-bonnet stuff out of the way first. The Scala comes with three petrol engines with a cylinder capacity of either 1.0 or 1.5 litres, plus there's a 1.6-litre diesel. Most will choose the 1.0-litre TSI petrol unit, available with either 95PS or 115PS. The former unit comes only with a 5-speed manual stick shift, but if you choose the 115PS variant, you'll be offered the choice of either 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed DSG auto. The DSG 'box is also optional on the other two engines in the range. The 1.5 TSI 150PS petrol unit's worth a look, equipped as it is with efficient Active Cylinder Technology that means it's almost as efficient as the 1.0-litre option. As usual, you'll choose the 115PS 1.6-litre TDI diesel if you want more pulling power; there's 250Nm of torque - though the 1.5 TSI petrol can match that. As usual with a compact Skoda, expect solid, safe handling; you won't be buying this car for driving thrills. Skoda suspension set-ups tend to be slightly on the firm side too. Optional is an Adaptive Cruise Control system that can automatically keep the car a safe distance behind the vehicle in front on the motorway, being even able to slow you right down to a stop and start you off again if you come across a tailback.

Design and Build

The Scala is a crisp piece of design work with its clearly defined surfaces, flowing lines and sleek aerodynamics. The front is actually quite striking with an upright radiator grille, a large air inlet underneath and side Air Curtains. The side profile 'tornado line' makes the vehicle look longer and works well with the sweeping roof line. There are LED head and tail lights, wheels of between 16 to 18-inches in size and as an alternative to the standard tailgate, the car can be ordered with an extended rear window. Under the skin, the car sits on the VW Group's latest stiff, sophisticated MQB-A0 platform. Inside up-front, the Scala gets the brand's latest generation infotainment system with a free-standing screen positioned high on the dashboard in clear view of the driver. Plus there's the option of a 10.25-inch 'Virtual Cockpit' digital instrument binnacle display. Classy touches include ambient lighting with a white or red light, plus the warm hues and contrasting coloured stitching on the seat covers provide a pleasant feeling of spaciousness. The long 2,649mm wheelbase allows for more rear seat leg room than you might expect to find in a car of this class. Out back, there's a large 467-litre boot, the largest in the class. This increases to 1,410-litres with the rear bench folded.

Market and Model

Prices start at just under £17,000 and the range consists of three familiar Skoda trim grades; 'S', 'SE' and 'SEL', with all three offering decent levels of standard specification. Despite its status as the entry-level model, the 'S' is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, leather for the steering wheel, gear and handbrake lever and a height adjustable driver's seat. Customers opting for the 'S' model also get air-conditioning, a DAB digital radio, front and rear electric windows and a 'Swing' infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen. In terms of safety equipment, the 'S' model features front head and side airbags, Front assist, Lane assist, a Speed limiter and Emergency call with proactive services. The mid-range 'SE' model adds a host of additional features including cruise control, rear parking sensors, a 'Bolero' infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, an integrated umbrella and a height adjustable passenger seat. If you're happy to spend just over £20,000 on your Scala, then your dealer will direct you to the plushest 'SEL' model, which includes the brand's top 'Amundsen' infotainment system with a 9.2-inch glass touchscreen, plus there's a hi-tech digital cockpit, climate control air conditioning, keyless entry with start/stop and a colour multifunction trip computer. The exterior design features 17-inch alloy wheels, full LED rear lights, dynamic indicators and privacy glass on the rear windows.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect, all the Scala engines meet the latest Euro 6D emissions standard and all the petrol units are equipped with a particulate filter. All engines come with brake energy recovery and Stop/Start technology. The 1.5 TSI is also equipped with Active Cylinder Technology (ACT) that cuts the engine from four to two cylinders under light-to-medium throttle loads. Skoda won't be bringing to the UK the 1.0 G-TEC unit that's designed to run on CNG environmentally friendly natural gas. In terms of fuel economy, expect the volume 115PS 1.0 TSI petrol unit to return around 55mpg on the combined cycle and around 110g/km of CO2. For the 1.5 TSI, the figures are likely to be around 50mpg and around 120g/km, while for the 1.6 TDI diesel, you're looking at around 65mpg and around 110g/km. Finally, while it's certainly true that other rivals better the three year 60,000 mile warranty that Skoda provides, you can extend your cover to four or five years by paying extra. Not that you really need to. The brand regularly tops independent consumer satisfaction surveys: according to real people, there are few more satisfying cars to own.

Summary

We always thought that the Rapid Spaceback was an under-rated car and there's every chance the Scala will be too. If you really don't want to pay an awful lot extra for the slush-moulded sophistication of a Golf but want all the same engineering and practicality, then you'll find it here. And in a form that doesn't carry any sort of budget brand stigma. There are more exciting class choices to be sure. But, by and large, you don't buy a family hatchback for excitement. All the reasons you would want such a thing are covered off here with typical Skoda thoroughness. And with enough style and quality to make brand loyalists feel rather smug. This probably won't have been the car you started out wanting in this class, but there's just a chance that it may be the one you actually need.

Performance
70%
Handling
50%
Comfort
60%
Space
80%
Styling
70%
Build
70%
Value
80%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Personal contract purchase

Monthly payment£299
Deposit£399
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate5.84%
Cash price£19,295
Credit amount£17,646
Completion fee£10
Guaranteed future value£6367.50
Total amount payable£22,079.50
Skoda deposit£1250
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge7.2p per mile
Representative APR5.9%
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