For all of Skoda’s insistence that the Scala represents a bold new chapter in the evolutionary story of its design language – one supposedly defined by a greater focus on emotional appeal than ever before – in reality it seems to be far more conservative in its execution.
More than anything, the Scala suggests itself as a car intended to appeal to a more clinical, logical side of mind – a trait that has come to define the vast majority of Skoda’s products over the past few years, and which has brought it a good deal of success at that.
It is by no means an unattractive entrant into the hyper-competitive family hatch class, and its visual relationship to the purposefully styled and assertive Vision RS Concept revealed at last year’s Paris show is abundantly apparent. But next to the likes of the simultaneously classy and classless Golf and the more overtly dynamic-looking Focus, there isn’t a great deal about the Scala’s appearance that suggests it’s much of a harbinger for a more daring, stylistically driven era in the marque’s history. That seems like a missed opportunity.