The chassis set-up is comfy and on condition that Czech roads are as tough in locations because the UK, it’s a good measure of its capabilities. Skoda will provide an optionally available Sport Chassis Preset configuration, which makes the automotive 15mm decrease and provides a extra sporty dynamic to the set-up. We tried each potentialities and, naturally, the usual mannequin is way extra comfy. It’s exhausting to think about that many Scala drivers will need the more durable journey of Sport Chassis Preset, however Skoda assures us it is going to be highly regarded in some markets, albeit not the UK.
Steering, whereas not but finalised, is mild and has the vagueness of many trendy VW Group automobiles. Nonetheless, it’s easy in most driving eventualities and, importantly, will go well with most patrons of this form of automotive.
Within the few corners we skilled, the automotive dealt with respectably and can greater than suffice in this type of automotive. (If a Scala vRS was coming – and we’re advised it’s not – it’d be a unique story in fact…) Eager drivers will nonetheless favor the Ford Focus.
We spent most time within the 1.5-litre TSI, however there may also be a 1.0-litre TSI and 1.6-litre TDI. On start-up, the 1.5 sounded momentarily gruff however as soon as in control grew to become unnoticeable. With noise-cancelling supplies not but finalised within the automotive, this criticism isn’t more likely to carry over to the manufacturing automotive. The 1.5-litre would be the hottest within the UK, adopted by the 1.0-litre TSI.
The 1.5 TSI is the candy spot with ample energy pushed by way of a six pace handbook (or optionally available seven-speed DSG), whereas the 1.0-litre usually wants altering down on something however the flattest of roads.
The inside is a serious level of notice within the Scala. Utterly taped up in our prototypes, we’re advised the inside will carefully mirror that within the just lately revealed Skoda Imaginative and prescient RS idea.
That features an optionally available 9.2-inch touchscreen – the biggest within the section, and over-the-air updates embrace maps, in-car internet apps, web radio and 4 USB-C ports. It’s additionally the primary Skoda to be on-line completely due to a built-in SIM card, offering high-speed web connection.