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Skoda Scala hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2

“The Skoda Scala is very economical and should be cheap to run”

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4.3 out of 5

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MPG, running costs & CO2 Rating

4.5 out of 5

For many people, running costs are especially important when choosing a new car, and the Skoda Scala performs very well in this regard. It wouldn’t be unfair to say that many Skoda buyers prioritise efficiency over outright performance, which is reflected in the familiar engine line-up. The Scala’s very light, too, which helps with fuel costs.

Skoda is perceived as the value arm of the VW Group thanks to its sensible prices, respectable equipment levels and low running costs. This continues with the Scala: insurance groups are lower than the Volkswagen Golf, while increasing the standard warranty isn’t as expensive as you might expect. Skoda servicing tends to be reasonable, too.

The 1.0-litre should prove economical enough for most low- to medium-mileage drivers, with the entry-level 94bhp version being the most efficient, returning economy of over 53mpg when equipped with a manual gearbox. If you choose the 1.5-litre petrol engine with a DSG automatic, fuel efficiency drops to 50.4mpg, As is often the case, choosing bigger wheels and some of the options will reduce the car’s efficiency.

Every version of the Scala should be cheap to run but the most economical is the 94bhp 1.0-litre petrol model. Above this, the 108bhp version of the same 1.0-litre petrol engine manages up to 53.5mpg with a six-speed manual gearbox, falling to around 49.4mpg with a DSG automatic.

The larger 1.5-litre petrol engine produces 148bhp and is capable of 50.4mpg, regardless of whether it’s equipped with a manual gearbox or a DSG automatic. Emissions for the Scala range from 119g/km to 149g/km, putting every model in the higher BiK bands for company car drivers.

Skoda discontinued the diesel version of Scala towards the end of 2020.  

Model 

Fuel economy

CO2 emissions

Scala 1.0 TSI 94bhp

53.4mpg

120g/km

Scala 1.0 TSI 109bhp

53.5mpg

120g/km

Scala 1.0 TSI 109bhp DSG

49.4mpg

130g/km

Scala 1.5 TSI 148bhp

50.4mpg

127g/km

Scala 1.5 TSI 148bhp DSG

50.4mpg

127g/km

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0 TSI S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,225

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.0 TSI S 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £17,225

Fastest

  • Name
    1.5 TSI SE Technology 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £22,895

Charlie writes and edits news, review and advice articles for Carbuyer, as well as publishing content to its social media platforms. He has also been a regular contributor to its sister titles Auto Express, DrivingElectric and evo. As well as being consumed by everything automotive, Charlie is a speaker of five languages and once lived in Chile, Siberia and the Czech Republic, returning to the UK to write about his life-long passion: cars.

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