Skoda Scala review - Reliability and Safety
Skoda’s reputation for reliability bodes well and there’s lots of standard safety kit
Euro NCAP is yet to crash-test the Skoda Scala, but Skoda models regularly perform well – a five-star rating is very likely. It’s encouraging to see a good amount of standard safety kit, though – autonomous emergency braking (called ‘Front Assist’, lane-keep assistance, cruise control, hill-hold control, a speed limiter and automatic headlights are all included in SE spec. Options include knee airbags at £240, a driver fatigue sensor for £55 and curtain and side airbags for £425.
The Scala is too new to have featured in our 2019 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, but Skoda itself finished in an impressive 5th place – good news for prospective owners. Practicality was rated highly, as were engines, child-friendly features and – cruicially – reliability. A relatively low average of 13.7 per cent of owners experienced faults with their Skodas.
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.
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 technologyIt’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 Safety - currently readingSkoda’s reputation for reliability bodes well and there’s lots of standard safety kit