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The Skoda Scala replaces the slow-selling Rapid Spaceback launched in 2014.

ŠKODA ➤ Scala order books open for Golf’s Czech-mate hatchback

Ahead of deliveries in the summer, Škoda has opened the order books for its all-new Scala hatchback and released techs and specs of the UK line-up.

Arriving as a replacement for the discontinued Rapid Spaceback, which experienced lacklustre sales since its introduction in 2014, the all-new Scala (Italian for stepladder) is the next step in the UK storyline for the Czech automaker. It slots between the Fabia hatch and Octavia saloon.

The Scala rides on the versatile MQB A0 platform which underpins a wide range of VW Group cars from SEAT, Audi, and VW brands.

There will be just two, albeit familiar, trim grades available on the Scala –SE and SEL. The range-entry SE models are fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps, leather steering wheel, gear and handbrake lever and a height adjustable driver’s seat. There is also air-conditioning, DAB digital radio, front and rear electric windows and Swing infotainment system with 6.5-inch screen.

Engine choices for the Scala will comprise of two TSI petrols and one TDI diesel. There’s a 1.0-litre three-cylinder available in 94hp and 113hp, and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine of 148hp output. The Scala’s lone diesel option is the trusty 1.6-litre TDI deployed throughout the VW group, which generates 113hp/240Nm.

With the exception of the 1.0 TSI 94hp engine which is paired only with a six-speed manual ‘box, all other engines are available with an optional seven-speed DSG transmission.

To discuss a great leasing deal on your Škoda Scala hatchback, please call our friendly and helpful sales team on 01618 269716.