What is it?
The Scala is a big play from Skoda: a Focus-sized, Golf-shaped family hatchback that slots slap-bang into the two-box mould of Europe’s most popular segment.
The brand has actually been here before, but the old Rapid looked achingly bland, and rather than borrowing VW Group’s MQB platform, its underpinnings were shared with the Fabia, with the same basic torsion beam rear axle.
The Scala now benefits from the more sophisticated MQB, though because Skoda equips only its more powerful models with expensive multi-link rear suspension, there’s still a good ol' torsion beam at the back. A mistake? We'll see. Up front it's a typical MacPherson strut set-up, and while we’re at it, Skoda is building only five-door bodies for the Scala and, for now, they’ll all be front-driven.
But this car is also meant to represent a new high watermark for Skoda’s design language, which is why it gets scrolling rear indicators (on top-spec SE L trim), LED head and tail lights (fully, but again only if you pay more for SE L), and a Porsche-style ‘SKODA’ written across its bootlid. Sharp creases abound, as does the dark exterior surfacing that has become increasingly fashionable among the European brands. In fact, in the tightly defined world of mass-produced cars, the Scala is impressively faithful to the Vision RS concept, so credit is due for that.