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Skoda Scala

I wonder how Skoda came up with the name for this, the new Scala, which you can order now with first deliveries arriving in the summer.

Maybe the interior designer, Norbert Webber, was so fussy he made such a song and dance about getting the inside just right that some clever clogs thought: “Blimey, he’s making a right opera out of this.” After all La Scala is an opera house in Milan.

Well, you never know. Or perhaps, did someone look at the boot and think it was big enough to get an orchestra in it? Yep, the Scala may share its platform with a VW Polo but despite that, it’s all about room, and it’s certainly got plenty of it.

In fact, Skoda can’t wait to tell people about it. The company’s Press handout says: “Designers have fully maximised cabin space and, as a result, the Scala offers best-in-class rear headroom and a vast 467 litre boot – extendable to 1,410 litres with the rear seats folded – also the best in sector.”

Ok, we get it. I think the word vast is a clue.

Choose from three engines, two petrol and one diesel. It starts with a 999cc Scala S three cylinder petrol job with 95hp and 175Nm (129lb) of torque.

Performance figures haven’t been announced yet but expect 0-62mph in around 10.5s and 105mph.

The same engine, with 115hp and 200Nm (148lb) of torque thanks to a turbo, hits 0-62mph in 9.8s on its way to 125mph. It’s £16,595 for the 95hp version or £17,395 for the 115hp engine. No other engine choices are available on the S.

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The other petrol choice is a 1.5-litre with a seven speed auto box. With 150hp and 250Nm (184lb) of torque it sprints to 62mph in 8.2s and on to 136mph. Combined WLTP fuel figures for all three are 49.6 – 44.8mpg for the 1.0-litre engine and 45.6 – 40.9mpg for the 1.5.

The diesel, with an identical 115hp and 250Nm (184lb) torque, takes 10.3s from 0-62mph and tops out at 124mph, but it’s the most fuel efficient of the lot, with a WLTP combined figure of 57.7 – 53.3mpg.

Scala S 1.0 standard kit includes 16-inch alloys, LED headlamps, leather steering wheel, gear lever and handbrake gaiters, height adjustable driver’s seat, air-con, DAB radio, front and rear electric windows and 6.5 inch screen infotainment system.

Moving up to the SE, from £18,585 to £21,290, adds cruise control, rear parking sensors, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a height adjustable passenger seat and, of course, Skoda’s famous umbrella tucked into the door.

The range-topping SE L, from £20,385 to £23,090, sees owners get what Skoda call “one of the most comprehensive specification lists in the sector”.

It includes Skoda’s new Amundsen infotainment system with 9.2-inch touchscreen, Virtual Cockpit, climate control air conditioning, keyless entry with start/stop and a colour multifunction trip computer, seats finished with silver Microsuede and chrome details on the dashboard, door panelling, gear and handbrake lever.