The 2021 Skoda Scala has finally gone on sale in Australia priced from $26,990 drive away. Delayed for around six months due to a software issue, Australian-spec Scalas are finally in local dealerships and are ready to compete with the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i30, Mazda3, Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, etc. Three models are available: the entry-level 110TSI, mid-spec sporty Monte Carlo and top-spec luxury Launch Edition.

For now, a single engine will be offered in the 2021 Skoda Scala range: a 110kW/250Nm 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that offers the best of both worlds, according to Skoda – it can hit 100km/h in 8.2 seconds, yet uses just a claimed 4.9-5.5L/100km of fuel combined. Both a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch auto are available – the former is only available with the base model, while the latter is standard elsewhere. 

Measuring 4,362mm long, 1,793mm wide and 1,471mm tall, the 2021 Skoda Scala is 104mm longer, 6mm narrower and 19mm taller than the Mk7.5 Volkswagen Golf – that’s despite sitting on the same platform as the smaller Polo. Bootspace is among the best in the class with a huge 467-litres with the seats up – more than double that of the Corolla – and an even bigger 1,490L with them folded – more than a Mazda CX-5.

Standard kit on the entry-level 110TSI (from $26,990 drive away) includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting with scrolling rear indicators, auto lights/wipers, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless charging, a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, rear privacy glass, a digital driver’s display, four USB-C ports, heated/auto-folding mirrors and an electric tailgate.

Safety kit is extensive too with seven airbags, auto emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, rear AEB, lane assist with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue monitoring, tyre pressure monitoring are standard on entry-level model. 

Above the 110TSI sits the Monte Carlo ($33,990 drive away), which adds cornering LED headlights, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, adaptive dampers, a panoramic roof, sports seats, a bodykit, red interior trim and blacked out exterior badging and trim pieces. 

Atop the range for now sits the Launch Edition ($35,990 drive away), which adds an electric driver’s seat, heated front and rear seats, leather and suede trim, inbuilt satellite navigation on a larger 9.2-inch screen, auto parking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and wireless Apple CarPlay. 

Two option packs are available for the 110TSI – add them both and you pretty much have a Launch Edition. The $4,300 Driver Support Pack adds leather/suede upholstery with an electric driver’s seat, heated front and rear seats, auto parking, dual-zone climate control and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The $3,900 Tech Pack adds the larger centre screen with navigation, cornering LED headlights, an upgraded sound system, wireless Apple CarPlay, voice control and keyless entry and start. 

The Monte Carlo can be optioned with a $4,300 Travel Pack, which adds a combination of equipment from the LE – the larger screen with nav, auto parking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, wireless Apple CarPlay, voice control, heated front and rear seats, an upgraded sound system and paddles on the steering wheel.

Metallic paint ranges from $550 to $1,100, while a $1,300 panoramic roof is available for the 110TSI and LE and all models can also be had with a $1,200 tow bar.

2021 Skoda Scala pricing (drive away):
110TSI six-speed manual: $26,990

110TSI seven-speed DSG: $28,990
110TSI Monte Carlo seven-speed DSG: $33,990

110TSI Launch Edition seven-speed DSG: $35,990


Driver Support Pack (110TSI): $4,300

Tech Pack (110TSI): $3,900

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