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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 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.

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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.


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