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AUTO NEWS – Compact Household Automobile of the Yr 2019: Skoda Scala | New Automobile Awards 2019: the winners

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Compact Household Automobile of the Yr 2019: Skoda Scala | New Automobile Awards 2019: the winners


On the subject of components that compact household automobile consumers prioritise, worth and practicality are close to the highest of the checklist. The Skoda Scala is contemporary available on the market, with right-hand-drive automobiles having simply hit the UK, and in relation to balancing house, usability and working prices, it’s the brand new king of this class.

The vary is at the moment compact, with two engine selections, however costs begin from £18,585 for the entry-level 1.Zero TSI 115 in SE trim – by the way, the mannequin we’d go for – so it’s extremely inexpensive.

Consider a 467-litre boot that dwarfs most rivals’ within the class and it’s a formidable bundle. That huge load bay doesn’t come on the expense of passenger room, both, as a result of though the Scala relies on the VW Group’s smallest MQB A0 chassis, which additionally underpins the likes of the SEAT Ibiza and VW Polo, there’s loads of room within the again seats.

The 113bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol unit isn’t quick, however with comparable on-paper efficiency to rivals’, it’s enough but ultra-smooth and properly refined. The 200Nm of torque means it’s easy to drive, too, so that you don’t have to bother the six-speed gearbox; in case you do, the gearshift is gentle however optimistic.

SE trim has 16-inch wheels, so the experience is compliant, with out lumbering over rucked roads, however it’s not tender. There’s physique management and grip, so whereas the steering is gentle, it balances consolation and precision nicely. It’s a slick bundle dynamically, and it’s straightforward to get used to.

Even with that inexpensive opening worth, SE trim has a lot of equipment. You get an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Nav isn’t included, however most consumers can have a appropriate cellphone, to allow them to entry instructions by way of their gadget. You additionally get parking sensors, cruise management, autonomous braking, lane help, air-con, Bluetooth and DAB, so that you don’t scrimp on equipment in favour of the (low) price.

Claimed economic system of as much as 49.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 113g/km ought to make it as low-cost to run as it’s to purchase. Engaging finance offers are already accessible, which make the automobile an much more interesting bundle that strikes this class on yet one more step. 

Our selection

Skoda Scala 1.Zero TSI 115 SE (£18,585)

The entry-level Scala in SE spec is the one to go for. It will get every little thing you could possibly realistically need, but solely prices as a lot as a supermini from the category under. Along with the 1.Zero TSI engine, it’s refined, however there’s sufficient efficiency do you have to want it. Teamed with strong real-world effectivity and all the opposite Scala’s attributes, it’s an ideal decide. 

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Mazda 3

Mazda’s new household hatch has saved its acquainted identify, however the chassis and cabin have had a radical going over, with an ideal new infotainment system. The automobile rides and handles nicely, it’s refined, and the gearshift is nice – however the Three can be improved even additional when the model’s Skyactiv-X engine expertise joins the vary later this 12 months. 

Toyota Corolla

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The well-known Toyota Corolla nameplate has returned after 15 years on a brand new chassis that’s good to drive and cozy. Plus Toyota’s confirmed experience with hybrid energy implies that there’s loads of economic system, too.

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