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15 Dec 2022

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Isolation from engine vibrations could be improved

The Skoda Scala now comes with a 1.0-litre engine that further raises the hatchback's already convincing value proposition.

From those 'simply clever' features to the generous space afforded in the cabins of all its models, Skoda has long taken pride in offering high-value vehicles to its customers.

This latest variant of the Scala continues this tradition, thanks to its 1.0-litre engine and astute 109bhp output, which allow it to duck under the limits set for cars to be registered here with a Cat A COE, bringing the already attractive asking price of the hatchback even lower still.

Thew 1.0-litre unit offers up more than enough power to allow the Scala to keep up with traffic without strain
So, is this now the variant of the Skoda Scala to get?

Still as mighty

If nipping through inner-city traffic is what you're after, you can rest assured that this Scala will still perform, even with its diminished output.

For those that must have the numbers: This 1.0-litre variant makes do with just 109bhp and 200Nm of torque, which totals 39bhp and 50Nm less than the 1.5-litre unit.

But with peak torque from this 1.0-litre engine delivered from a lowly 2,000rpm, progress through traffic is still completed in an unstrained manner. A lightly weighted steering wheel also adds to the general sense of agility here.

There's a wide selection of layouts offered from the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster
And while you're pushing from junction to junction, the engine in this Skoda Scala will encourage eager driving as well, delivering a pleasing three-cylinder thrum and plenty of turbocharger noises if you lift your foot off the accelerator in the mid-ranges.

Not so great however, is the fact that this three-cylinder unit does let some engine vibration through into the cabin, particularly when you do decide to push on at low engine speeds. And this compromise to cabin isolation is exacerbated by a gearbox that is eager to both keep rpms low, and slow to execute downshifts.

Thankfully, upshifts from the seven-speed transmission remain smooth and unnoticed.

Still as practical

There's good leg and knee room for those seated at the back of the Skoda Scala
And when you're done pushing your way through traffic, you'll find this Skoda Scala marks itself out as quite the practical hatchback as well.

A fully-digital 10.25-inch instrument cluster offers up a total of five layouts for you to choose from, so all driving information is always readily available. And you get the 8.0-inch 'Bolero' infotainment system here, even in the base 'Ambition' rim of the 1.0-litre Scala (the 'Ambition' trim 1.5-litre Scala makes do with a 6.5-inch infotainment system).

And there are plenty of features here that you typically associate with more premium offerings as well, including cornering lights, dynamic indicators, as well as ambient lighting in the cabin.

The Skoda Scala offers high competency for all looking for no-frills transport
And of course, the boot space here still spans a total of 467 litres, which is remarkably more than the 380 litres of space offered by rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf and the more premium BMW 1 Series hatchback.

Still a great deal

At $166,400, this Skoda Scala 1.0 in 'Style' trim is competitively priced next to its rivals. The entry-level Volkswagen Golf, equipped with a 1.5-litre engine, swings in at $169,900, while the 118bhp 1.5-litre Mazda3 hatchback in 'Astina' trim will set you back $162,888.

But if you're looking for a true high-value vehicle, we think the Skoda Scala in the base 'Ambition' trim, yours from $158,400, could be a better deal. You'll still get the 8.0-inch infotainment system in this trim, the firm's Front Assist safety system, as well as the handy keyless entry feature. And this trim also comes with smaller 17-inch rims, so replacing your tyres will be a more affordable exercise. Now that's proper high value.

In the market for a hatchback? You'll also want to consider these popular options!

The Volkswagen Golf comes with plenty of tech and a comfortable ride

The Mazda3 meanwhile, comes with a sleek exterior and a premium cabin

There's also the Seat Leon, which offers tech and features, all at an affordable price

Or you could catch our review of the 1.5-litre Skoda Scala as well
Car Information


: $157,900

Engine Type


3-cylinder in-line Turbocharged

Engine Cap





81kW (109 bhp) / 5500 rpm



200 Nm / 3000 rpm



7-speed (A) DSG

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption



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