You’d expect few bargain-hunting Scala buyers to stump up for the car’s range-topping petrol-auto powertrain combination, but those who do won’t get less value for money.
It’ll be the 1.5 TSI’s role within the wider Scala engine line-up to be the refined, slick, unobtrusive and well-mannered option in the range. Less so in this car, perhaps, will it be required to set a particularly sporting mark for outright acceleration – although an authoritative turn of speed clearly won’t hurt.
The range-topping Scala fulfils that remit pretty well, while even punching a little above its weight in terms of its fairly energetic pace – although it doesn’t entirely cover for the fact that it is, just like the Rapid before it, a full-sized family hatchback built on a stretched supermini platform.
In dry conditions the car had all the front-driven traction and smoothly metered automatic clutch actuation it needed to put all of its torque straight onto the asphalt from rest. It hit 60mph in just under eight seconds – which wouldn’t be too shabby a showing from a £21,000 hot hatchback in 2019, let alone for a practical family car of the same power and price.