By Shereen Shabnam
Equipped with generous space, exceptional levels of comfort and an updated infotainment system, the new versatile Skoda Scala was a delight to drive for a week both for fun city errands and as a family car. We highlight our favourite features, including the fact that like all other Skoda cars, the Scala comes with the highest rating for fuel efficiency.
The new Skoda Scala has a crisp-cut exterior design and comes with a hatchback silhouette and a distinctive style all of its own. It has features strong sculptural shapes on the outside that interplays with light and shadow.
We loved the newly styled door mirrors, the chrome grill frame and window edges as well as the aero-style wheels in black and silver. The wide range of 16-to 18-inch alloy wheels is complemented by innovative Aero designs optimized to achieve minimum drag. The boot has good storage space with an adjustable false boot floor, double-sided boot liner and Boot nets and hence makes this car practical for everyday use.
The interior has taken its cue from the dynamic exterior design and is more contemporary classic in terms of looks and the feel reveals use of soft materials. It has a large Virtual Cockpit and comes with solutions that makes your life easier while on the road such as the ŠKODA Sound System and wireless charging.
Features include a built-in SIM card and a wireless connection between your smartphone and the car via SmartLink. It also offers ample space in the front and is just as comfortable for passengers in the rear. There are holders for 1.5-litre bottles in the front doors, waste bin in the door trim as well as storage in every door.
The safety features in the new Scala compares well to higher-end cars. It comes complete with a host of advanced driver assist systems, up to 9 airbags, and a maximum 5-star rating underlines top safety level for cautious drivers.
The new Scala has a 1.6-cc engine and comes with features that include Central Locking, Active Steeringa and ABS (Anti-lock Brake System). It is built on a state-of-the-art MQB platform, featuring advanced design, the latest powertrains and advanced driver-assistance systems usually found in larger models.
Fuel economy is always a strength with all Skoda models and the Scala is no different. It is a sensible choice for the more environment conscious buyers.
The new Skoda Scala’s design language is attractive both inside and outside. The silhouette is better than most hatchback models and in terms of being practical, it ticks all the boxes for safety, fuel efficiency and as a practical city car. Definitely one to watch out for young adults and small families.
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