Skoda Scala review - Interior, design and technology
It’s not the most exciting car to look at or travel in, but practicality and quality have been given top priority
Form has followed function in most aspects of the Skoda Scala’s design – it’s a large hatchback for the class that doesn’t skimp on interior space by using a sloping roofline. The exterior looks sharp and modern, but rivals like the Mazda 3 do highlight its relative plainness. This could be construed as a good thing, though – it’s an unpretentious car that doesn’t try to stand out.
Inside, the sensible no-frills approach continues with a fairly drab dashboard that’s functional rather than pleasing to the eye. Everything is very well put together and the materials used are of good quality, with lots of soft-touch plastics in all the right places – it easily stands up to the Kia Ceed and Ford Focus' cabins, but it does lack the more premium feel you get with the Volkswagen Golf.
It’s easy to find an acceptable driving position in the comfortable seats and the cabin’s ergonomics are easy to get to grips with very quickly. Much like the rest of the Scala’s agreeable traits, this further helps its case as a no-fuss, easy-to-own family car.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
The basic Scala S (now discontinued) features a basic 6.5-inch colour display, Bluetooth, a DAB radio and a couple of USB-C ports in the centre console. Upgrading to SE trim adds an eight-inch touchscreen, plus Skoda's Smartlink system for connecting to Apple or Android smartphones. SE L and Monte Carlo-spec cars go even further with a larger 9.2-inch screen, built-in sat-nav and a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster as well.
Skoda's infotainment system uses a neat user interface and we found the touchscreen was quick to respond to our commands, so overall it’s good to use, plus the smartphone integration works well. The screen is sharp and looks modern, but we would prefer some more physical buttons to access menus more easily. At least the air-conditioning controls are all physical buttons and dials, which you'll find below the central touchscreen.
In this review
- 1Skoda Scala reviewSkoda’s family hatch offers a class-leading combination of space, quality, comfort and value
- 2Engines, performance and driveA small but tried-and-tested engine range meets confident handling and a plush ride
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe lightweight Skoda Scala is an efficient car that won’t cost the earth to run, regardless of engine choice
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingIt’s not the most exciting car to look at or travel in, but practicality and quality have been given top priority
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe Scala upholds Skoda’s reputation for practicality, with a huge boot and lots of room for occupants
- 6Reliability and SafetySkoda’s reputation for reliability bodes well and there’s lots of standard safety kit