“just tell me we drive a Golf” – this advertisement from the 1980s for many buyers is still the law. The Golf remains the most popular car in Germany, the competition from the bite of the teeth. Now the Czech subsidiary Skoda with the Scala tries to beat the Golf. Or is he just the better Polo? A short daily test in Corona times. The means of transport, such as in the 1980s, tends to be even less.

body and interior

of 4.36 metres long, 1.79 meters wide and 1.47 meters high – that’s six more inches in length than in the previous Rapid spaceback and ten more than the Golf. Tietz

With a body size of about 1.90 meters is the leg and head room in the driver’s seat, although not luxurious, but sufficient. And if the glass roof is allowed to unfold its splendor, you feel somehow free. Tietz

in the Back, it is, however, very generous: The Knee clearance is identical to the last Skoda Octavia. Since the Golf does not come in the comparison. And therefore it is not surprising that four adults can travel in comfort. New Opel Corsa is especially in the price-performance unbeatable FOCUS Online New Opel Corsa is especially in the price-performance unbeatable

And also Luggage can be plenty of: The boot volume holds 467 litres and is well loaded to 50 liters more than the Rapid. Also in the payload of the Scala surpasses with 522 kg of the Gulf in order to 45 kg.

The dashboard is soft, but not quite as soft as the VW Golf. Overall, a smaller distance from the industry leader in the materials yet. And who needs to remove in cold weather conditions the frost from the windscreen, not looking for long – in the tank lid, a green ice scraper plugged in. Tietz

operation and in-car Infotainment

The technology is up to date. The virtual Cockpit measures 10.25 inches, the Infotainment screen has 9.2 inches – at least in the driven Top version. Other variants make do with the 8 and 6.5 inch screens. Positive: The infotainment system can be wirelessly updated. Both technically and visually, and the quality of material of the Scala has taken a big leap forward; the solid, but colorless Discount ambience of the Rapid is gone. Unfortunately, this makes also the price is noticeable. Tietz

engine, drive and fuel consumption

the car In the test (Style) is Puttering a 1.5 TSI. The petrol engine is powered with 150 HP is pleasant and creates according to the speedo fairly quickly to 200 km/h – then you need patience. Is specified, the maximum speed of 219 km/h, due to the good drag coefficient of 0.29. From a speed of 160 the Scala is a little louder, but, nevertheless, he is recommended for longer trips quite. From 140 km/h everything is vibrating: Russian 13.000 Euro combo hunt Dacia FOCUS Online From 140 km/h everything is vibrating: Russian 13.000 Euro combo hunt Dacia

Pleasant the acceleration is noticed: With 8.2 seconds to 100 kph, the DSG shows the transmission his willingness to work. The EU-Drittelmix is specified with 5.0-liters, with a 5 in front of the comma can be achieved but only with sweeping country roads and highway passages with gentle accelerator pedal. The engine complies with the Euro-6d-TEMP-exhaust-gas standard. When you Save the cylinder deactivation (ACT), which came before at VW – and Audi-models helps.

pricing and features

The price list in Compact-Skoda (equipment Active) starts at 17.690 Euro, there is the meager base engine with 95 HP. The 1.0 TSI with 115 HP and 7-speed DSG starts at 20.690 Euro. Those who opt for the 1.5 TSI – Style variant with 150 HP and 7-speed DSG, pays at least 27.550 Euro. The price range is enormous and the old Discount Status of the Rapid definitely.


In the striking blue color of the Skoda Scala makes quite a bit, of Understatement is little felt. Also with the driving characteristics of the test can Shine dare. It is very likely that he has, in spite of the Mini-SUV Trends more chances than its predecessor Rapid on the market. Whether he has what it takes to push the top of the class Golf from the throne must be doubted in the case of all positive properties. The competitor is not Mature and the Aha-experience, to Scala, not strong enough – especially since it’s also the cheapest.

type Skoda Scala 1.5 TSI engine four-cylinder turbo diesel engine displacement (cm3) 1498 power in HP (KW) at rpm 1 150 (110) at 5000 Max. Torque (Nm) bei Umin-1 250 Nm at 1500 Rev/min High
speed (km/h)
219 acceleration 0-100 km/h (sec.) 8,2 transmission seven-speed double-clutch gearbox drive front wheel drive Fuel type Super consumption-EU-Drittelmix (l/100 km) 5,0 FOCUS-Online-test consumption (l/100 km) 6,3 CO2-emissions (g/km) 113 length (mm) 4362 width (mm) 1793 height (mm) 1471 weight manufacturer
specifying (kg)
1240 price (euros) 27.550,00 € emission standard Euro-6 d temp vt/