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Skoda Scala review - Reliability and safety

Skoda’s reputation for reliability bodes well and there’s lots of standard safety kit

Euro NCAP crash-tested the Skoda Scala in 2019 and awarded it a full five-star rating, with excellent scores for adult and child safety of 97% and 87%, respectively.

It’s encouraging to see a good amount of standard safety kit -  autonomous emergency braking (called ‘Front Assist’, lane-keep assistance and an automatic emergency call function are included for the entry-level S trim, while cruise control and rear parking sensors are standard for SE-spec cars. Options include knee airbags at £240, a driver fatigue sensor for £60 and rear side airbags for £450.

The Scala is too new to have featured in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, although Karoq, Superb and Kodiaq all finished in the top twenty. Skoda itself finished in an impressive 5th place – good news for prospective owners. 


All Skoda models are covered by a three-year warranty that includes cover for unlimited mileage in the first two years, plus up to 60,000 miles in year three. For just over £500, this warranty can be extended to up to five years and 100,00 miles. It’s a competitive warranty, but can’t match Hyundai’s unlimited-mileage five-year coverage, nor Kia’s famous seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.


Fixed-price servicing for the Skoda Scala should be reasonable – you should pay around £170 for an interim service and around £280 for a major one, while service plans and deals are available to help spread the cost. Skoda charges around £40 for an MoT (for cars over three years old) and an oil and filter change will set you back just under £100.

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