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Skoda Scala - 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

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.5 out of 5

Interior, design and technology Rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£22,075 to £30,425
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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 the relatively plain design of the Scala. That’s not to say there aren’t some nice touches, such as the extended glass window of Monte Carlo models.

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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, though, with good quality materials and soft-touch plastics in all the right places – it easily stands comparison with the Kia Ceed and Ford Focus, but it does lack the more premium feel you get with the Mazda 3.

It’s easy to find an acceptable driving position in the comfortable seats, and adjustable lumbar support is standard across the range. The cabin’s ergonomics are easy to get to grips with very quickly, and we appreciate that the brand has resisted the temptation to put frequently used features - such as the air-con temperature controls - into the infotainment screen as has been done on the Focus. 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 entry-level SE trim comes with an 8.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, which includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. SE L and Monte Carlo-spec cars go even further with a larger 9.2-inch screen, with both models benefiting from the smart-looking and intuitive-to-use 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster and built-in sat-nav.

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.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 95 SE 5dr
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  • Price
    £22,075

Most Economical

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    1.0 TSI 95 SE 5dr
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  • Price
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