Prices announced for

Skoda Scala

Skoda Scala front
Skoda Scala rear
Skoda Scala front seats

CZECH manufacturer Skoda is looking ahead to the summer by releasing prices and spec details for its all-new hatchback - even though the order books will not be opened for a couple of months.

Priced from £16,595, the Scala will replace the Rapid Spaceback and go head to head with the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra in the ultra-competitive mid-sized hatchback marketplace. Dealers will start taking orders in May with first deliveries expected in the summer.

Three engine options will be available from launch - two petrol and one diesel - with power outputs ranging from 115PS to 150PS, while a lower-powered 95PS petrol engine will arrive later.

Ultimately, the petrol range will consist of two one-litre TSI units with 95PS and 115PS and a 1.5 TSI engine with 150PS while a 115PS TDI engine will provide the diesel option in an ever-shrinking market for oil-burners. All engines, with the exception of the lowest-powered petrol unit, will be available with an optional seven-speed DSG transmission.

Skoda promises a high level of standard spec across the company's now familiar S, SE and SE L trim grades.

Despite its status as the entry-level model, the S variant - which will arrive later in the summer - will come with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear and handbrake covers, height adjustable driver's seat, air-conditioning, DAB digital radio, front and rear electric windows and an infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen. Safety tech across the range will include front assist, lane assist, a speed limiter and emergency call with proactive services.

The mid-range SE model, priced from £18,580, adds cruise control, rear parking sensors, an eight-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, height adjustable passenger seat and Skoda's unique integrated umbrella.

Priced from £20,380, the SE L flagship models will have what Skoda claims is one of the most comprehensive specification lists in its sector including an 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 new Scala is positioned between the recently updated Fabia and Octavia models in Skoda's new-look range and the company claims sector-best levels of rear headroom and boot space.


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