Reviewed, the Škoda Scala Monte Carlo

In Car Reviews, Skoda by Kieran Bicknell

At first, you may be a little confused as to where the Scala fits into Škoda’s vast range. Well, it’s smaller than a Kamiq, but not really bigger than a Fabia. See? It’s a little confusing.

Slightly strange range fitment aside, the Scala may just be everything you need in a small family car, though it certainly has its quirks and issues.

Resembling the discontinued ‘wagon’ version of the Fabia, the Scala essentially takes up the same mantle. Five seats, clever design and impressive styling are all instantly apparent, but some extras make the Scala look very appealing indeed.

I had the top-spec ‘Monte Carlo’ Edition on test. With Škodas impressive track record at the Monte Carlo rally (and rallying in general) several cars have been given the ‘MC’ treatment, including the Fabia, Kamiq, and now the Scala.

The trim level adds a number of cosmetic changes and upgrades, but underneath the bodywork, it remains unchanged, which is a major issue for the ‘sport-inspired’ Scala, since it’s got the performance looks, without the on-road credentials to back it up.

While the car may not be sporty in nature, it sure looks it. Larger, gloss black 18” Vega wheels add a menacing touch, while black accents, a panoramic glass roof and high-function LED lighting go beyond what you’d expect to see on what is essentially based upon a ‘budget’ family car.

Inside has also benefitted from several additions in Monte Carlo trim, such as a full virtual cockpit, upgraded infotainment and ‘sports’ seats with red accents. While they are a little snug for some, they’re certainly more than supportive enough, not that the Scala is the sort of car to be throwing around.

With its unchanged performance though, the Scala still remains rather lacklustre to drive. Perfect for daily commutes or small families, but certainly not exciting on fun roads. It’s a shame that the car looks so good, but lacks in the engine department – the 150hp version of the TSi engine would’ve been a welcome addition here, even if it was reserved for the Monte Carlo trim.

Overall, I’m a big fan of the Škoda Scala Monte-Carlo, but with its unchanged performance and practicality, the increase in price to £24,995 as tested (£23,010 without options) makes it difficult to recommend, especially given the standard Scala’s mind-bogglingly low price and impressive standard kit, all for £16,940 at the start of the range – now that’s value for money!

Car reviewed: Škoda Scala Monte Carlo

on the road price £23,100 as tested £24,995

  • 0-62mph 9.8secs
  • Top speed 125mph
  • Engine/Motor 999cc 3-cylinder unleaded
  • Fuel Economy WLTP Combined 49.6-43.5mpg
  • Max Power  115PS@5000rpm
  • Torque 200Nm@2000rpm
  • Bootspace 467 / 1410 litres seats down
  • CO2 emissions 113g/km
  • Transmission 6-speed manual front-wheel-drive

Kieran Bicknell

Motoring writer

Kieran Bicknell offers his fresh take on car reviews by making the most of his dynamic, yet detailed approach to writing. Having graduated from university with a BA (Hons) in Photography and spending a number of years as a freelance automotive photographer. Kieran is now putting his knowledge and writing skills to use, with the ability to supply both written articles and imagery. Kieran feels at home in anything from small superminis to the latest SUVs, and relishes the opportunity to drive, photograph and write about anything with four wheels.