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Skoda Scala review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

The lightweight Skoda Scala is an efficient car that won’t cost the earth to run, regardless of engine choice

The Scala’s light weight helps to make it one of the most efficient cars in its class – our preferred 114bhp 1.0-litre TSI model returns a claimed maximum of 51.4mpg, but during our tests managed an impressive 54.7mpg. It’s notably more efficient than a Volkswagen Golf with a similar engine. The lower-powered 94bhp version delivers 50.4mpg. Customers opting for the punchier 1.5-litre TSI model will see economy fall slightly to 49.6mpg.

If you're seeking maximum return on a tank of fuel, then the 1.6-litre diesel is the one to go for, with maximum economy of 60.1mpg from the manual version and 56.5mpg from the DSG auto.

Emissions for the 1.0-litre models range from 126g/km to 148g/km of CO2, depending on the chosen trim level, while the 1.5-litre variant emits from 130g/km to 153g/km. The 1.6-litre TDI diesel is the best performer here, producing 122g/km to 141g/km of CO2

Insurance groups

The Scala’s low running costs should extend to insurance too – the entry-level 94bhp model in S trim sits in group 10, while the more powerful 114bhp version occupies group 13. The top-spec 1.5-litre petrol in Monte Carlo trim is in group 19, although customers will see cheaper premiums if they opt for diesel power, as the 1.6-litre TDI diesel in well-equipped SE L-spec is in group 13.


Our experts predict that the Skoda Scala will be competitive in the retained value stakes, holding on to an average of 42% of its value come trade-in time after 36,000 miles and three years of ownership.

For comparison, the more expensive, premium-badged Volkswagen Golf is expected to retain around 45% of its value over the same period, depending on specification.

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