Caitlin and Emma aren’t regular Bay Driver contributors but this week, on a rainy Friday afternoon, they took a new Škoda out for a test drive.
Caitlin the driver, and Emma the passenger. The two twenty-something-year-olds share their experiences of gliding around town in the Scala Style.
The Italian word ‘scala’ translates to stairs or steps, and for Škoda New Zealand with their new Škoda Scala this may be the ‘step’ up in car you were looking for. Being part of the Volkswagen group, the Škoda Scala gives you the European drive without the cost.
With a large boot that comes with boot nets and hooks, it can store all of your weekend camping gear or mid-week sporting gear.
‘Simply Clever’ is the Škoda tagline and I reckon those two words sum up the car beautifully.
The Scala has a seven-speed DSG gearbox with the 1.5 litre engine using just 5.7l/100km. The zippy turbo-charged engine can produce 110kW and 250Nm of torque at 1500-3500rpm.
The all new Scala comes with three models for the range, with the Scala Style being at the top of the line at just $38,990*. The other models, the Ambition and the Sport are $29,990* and $34,900* respectively.
Driving along the expressway between the Bayfair roundabout and Papamoa, the Scala was just cruising along. It was raining and blowing a gale at the time and the Scala felt safe and stable the whole time.
It gets up to speed quickly, and as a passenger, you feel safe and sound travelling 100km/h.
With a host of the latest safety features the Scala has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
Safety and assistance features include lane assist, driver and passenger front airbags, driver knee, curtain and front side airbags. Central locking system - keyless engine start/stop button. ‘KESSY’ keyless entry and door locking, driving mode selection, driving mode selection with adaptable suspension, driver fatigue alert/monitor to support safer driving practices, adaptive cruise control system plus ‘SPEEDLIMITER’, lane assist and front assist with city emergency brake as standard, and side assist with rear traffic alert.
Parking up at a local shopping centre, it was easy to park and manoeuvre between parked cars and pedestrians. Having front and rear parking sensors with a reversing camera made it easy to get in and out of tight car parks.
From there, we carried on from Papamoa through to Mount Maunganui, zipping up and down the main road and side streets with ease.
This vehicle is an all-rounder - take her to Bayfair on a rainy Saturday afternoon or for a long weekend to the Coromandel. She drives smoothly, gliding you across the potholiest of Tauranga roads.
It feels great to drive and when you reach your destination you want to go around the block one more time because you don’t want to get out.
The Škoda Scala also comes with a great warranty. You receive a five-year, new car warranty – or up to 150,000kms, and service intervals every year or 15,000km.
The car also comes with full Bi-LED adaptive headlights, including corner light with fog lights, full LED tail-lights with animated turn signal, rain and light sensor with automatic headlights, lights and wipers, exterior mirrors – auto dimming, power-folding/adjustable/heated, front parking sensors, chrome detailing around the windows and long rear window in black.
From something as subtle as the umbrella holder to the almighty touch screen infotainment system. The newest Škoda range also has four USB C ports which means much faster charging for your phone.
The legroom on the passenger side almost seems infinite, and the car can comfortably fit four people. The modern interior fit-out is sleek and simple. Get your phone hooked up and tunes will blare crisply out of the speakers, without drowning out surrounding voices. The car boasts an 8-speaker sound system with pre-sets and Bluetooth. Smartlink includes Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
It’s easy enough for passengers to fiddle around with the infotainment system without distracting the driver - volume control, changing radio stations, sussing out directions.
If you are a regular long-distance traveller the cosy seats help you settle in and enjoy the ride, guaranteeing you won’t be needing to stop every half hour to stretch your legs. The Dynamic Sport seats are black suede and have height and lumbar support adjustments in the front.
This is an all-seasons vehicle, it could be your mode of transport for summer cruising or your way to work amid a bleak winter.
This hatchback looks and feels good to drive in. It's the small things - the comfortable, quilted seats, instant heat from the car's air conditioning and the decently-sized 467-litre boot that could fit family camping gear for the weekend.
This car would also be great for someone wanting to upgrade. No matter what your lifestyle is, this car will tick the boxes. It doesn’t matter if you are a stay at home mum or travel out of town at lot for work, this car will do it all.
(*Maximum retail price plus on road costs)
Specs: Škoda Scala Style
Engine: 1.5 litre turbo.
Transmission: Seven-speed DSG gearbox.
Torque: 250Nm at 1500-3500rpm.
Price: $38,990 + ORC.