The Skoda Scala is a compact hatchback that offers a lot of space, technology, and style for a reasonable price. It competes with popular models like the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, and Kia Ceed but has some unique features and advantages that make it stand out. In this article, we will take a look at the 2024 Skoda Scala, which has been given a facelift to keep it fresh and competitive in the market.
Design and Engineering
The 2024 Skoda Scala is based on the MQB A0 platform, which is also used by other VW Group models such as the Polo, Ibiza, and Fabia. However, the Scala is longer and wider than these superminis and has a generous wheelbase of 2,649 mm (104.3 inches), which translates into a spacious cabin and a large boot. The Scala has a sleek and modern design, with sharp lines, angular headlights, and a distinctive grille. The facelifted model features subtle changes to the front and rear bumpers, headlights, taillights, and new alloy wheel designs and paint colors. The headlights are available with optional matrix LED technology, which can adjust the light beam according to the traffic situation and provide better visibility and safety. The rear window can also be extended with black glass for a sportier look.
The interior of the new Skoda Scala is simple and elegant, with a minimalist dashboard that features an extensive touchscreen infotainment system and a digital instrument cluster. The materials are of high quality, with soft-touch plastics and recycled fabrics. The seats are comfortable and supportive, and plenty of clever details and storage spaces are throughout the cabin. The Scala also offers a lot of customization options, with six design selections that combine different colors and trims, as well as ambient lighting.
Engines and Performance
The 2024 Skoda Scala has three petrol engines, all turbocharged and equipped with direct injection and stop-start technology. The entry-level engine is a 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit that produces 95 hp (71 kW) and 175 Nm (129 lb-ft) of torque. It is paired with a five-speed manual transmission and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 11.1 seconds. The fuel consumption is rated at 5.1 liters per 100 km (46 mpg) in the combined cycle, while the CO2 emissions are 116 g/km.
The next engine is also a 1.0-liter three-cylinder unit, but it has more power: 115 hp (85 kW) and 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) of torque. It can be matched with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DSG). The manual version can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.8 seconds, while the DSG version can do it in 9.6 seconds. The fuel consumption is 5 liters per 100 km (47 mpg) for the manual version and 5.2 liters per 100 km (45 mpg) for the DSG version. The CO2 emissions are 114 g/km for the manual version and 118 g/km for the DSG version.
The most powerful engine is a 1.5-liter four-cylinder unit that delivers 150 hp (110 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. It also comes with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission. The manual version can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.2 seconds, while the DSG version can do it in 8 seconds flat. The fuel consumption is 5.3 liters per 100 km (44 mpg) for both versions, while the CO2 emissions are 121 g/km for both versions.
The Skoda Scala also features cylinder deactivation technology for the 1.5-liter engine, which can shut off two cylinders when they are not needed to save fuel. The Scala also has two suspension options: a standard one that provides comfortable ride quality and a sporty one that lowers the car by 15 mm (0.6 inches) for better handling.