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Prices and specs revealed for Škoda’s Golf-rivalling Scala hatchback

Škoda has announced details for its new Scala hatchback, which provides the brand with its first direct rival to the VW Golf and Ford Focus.

Škoda Scala

Sitting between the Fabia and Octavia and priced from £16,595 OTR, the Scala is the first Škoda to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB A0 platform – which also underpins the VW Polo and Seat Ibiza – but brings similar dimensions to the Golf. It also offers claimed class-leading boot space with a figure of 467 litres rising to 1,410 – compared to 380 and 1,270 for the Golf.

Three engine options will be available to customers from launch. The petrol range comprises two 1.0 TSI units with 95hp and 115hp and a 150hp 1.5 TSI engine. Only one diesel will be offered: a 1.6 TDI unit that generates 115hp. All engines, bar the entry-level 95hp unit – are available with an optional seven-speed DSG transmission. CO2 and fuel economy figures have not been released yet.

Trim grades take the form of the familiar S, SE and SE L grades. Entry-level equipment brings 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, leather steering wheel, gear and handbrake lever and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.

The S model also features air conditioning, DAB digital radio, front and rear electric windows and Swing infotainment system with 6.5-inch screen. Safety features include front head and side airbags, front assist, lane assist, speed limiter and emergency call with proactive services.

The mid-range SE model is priced from £18,580 and adds in cruise control, rear parking sensors, Bolero infotainment system with 8-inch touchscreen, integrated umbrella, and height-adjustable passenger seat.

Priced from £20,380 OTR, the range-topping SE L is said to deliver one of the most comprehensive specification lists in the sector. It includes Škoda’s new Amundsen infotainment system with 9.2-inch glass touchscreen, digital cockpit, climate control air conditioning, keyless entry with start/stop and a colour multifunction trip computer. The exterior design features 17-inch alloy wheels, full LED rear lights, dynamic indicators and privacy glass on the rear windows. Inside, the seats are finished with silver Microsuede trims and chrome details on the dashboard, door panelling, gear and handbrake lever.

Order books for the new Scala open in May, with first deliveries expected in the summer.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.