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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 1.0-litre TSI model returns a claimed 44.8 to 49.6mpg, but during our tests maganged an impressive 54.7mpg. It’s notably more efficient than a Volkswagen Golf with a similar engine. Meanwhile, the automatic-only 1.5-litre Scala returns a claimed 40.9 to 45.6mpg.

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Diesel models offer good economy too – the manual 1.6-litre car returns a claimed 53.3 to 57.7mpg, with the automatic managing a 49.6 to 54.3mpg range.

Emissions are low across the board: 113g/km of CO2 for both petrol models and 108g/km for the diesels. Road tax is reasonable as a result: £170 for petrols or £150 for diesels in the first year (usually rolled into the on-the-road price), followed by the usual £145 yearly payment thereafter.

Company car users will benefit from low benefit in kind rates too – both the 1.0 TSI and 1.5 TSI command a 26 per cent charge in 2019/20 and 27 per cent from 2020/21 onwards, while the diesel is subject to a 29 per cent BiK charge in 2019/20, climbing to 30 per cent in 2020/21.

Insurance groups

The Scala’s low running costs should extend to insurance too – it occupies groups 16 (1.6 TDI), 17 (1.0 TSI) and 21 (1.5 TSI). Trim levels do not make a difference to the Scala’s insurance groupings.

The older Volkswagen Golf sits in groups seven to 20 depending on spec, equalling the Scala’s group 17 rating in similar 1.0 TSI Evo guise. A 1.6 diesel may be slightly cheaper to insure than an equivalent Scala, but not by much.

Depreciation

Our experts predict that the Skoda Scala will be competitive in the retained value stakes, holding on to around 44 to 49 per cent 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 36 to 45 per cent of its value over the same period, depending on specification.

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 95 S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £16,105

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 TSI 95 S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £16,105

Fastest

  • Name
    1.5 TSI SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £19,815
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