True to Skoda’s core philosophy, the Scala undercuts most of its rivals on price. In fact, despite offering comparable levels of space and performance, it costs so much less to buy than a Volkswagen Golf that it could well have existed in a different class, and you’ll also part with substantially more for similarly equipped established rivals such as the Ford Focus.

Specification is generous. Even the entry-level Scala S, which starts at less than £17,000, comes equipped with DAB, cruise control, electric door mirrors and automatic headlights and windscreen wipers. Lane-keeping assist is also standard-fit, though you’ll need to option blind-spot monitoring, too.

Richard Lane

Road tester
Scala not expected to perform as well as either a Golf or Focus in terms of residuals after three years / 36,000 miles

This being one of the Volkswagen Group’s newer engines, the 1.5 TSI also scores well for fuel economy. We managed 52.9mpg at a cruise, equating a touring range of 456 miles – a fine complement to its strong performance.

Where the Scala proposition falls down slightly, and particularly for those looking for cheap personal contract purchase deals, is the relatively pronounced depreciation it is forecast to suffer. After three years and 36,000 miles, our test car is set to hold 38% of its value while the comparable Golf and Focus models each manage more than 40%.

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