Which is better Skoda Kamiq or Scala?
SUV’s seem to be taking over the family-car world, and Skoda, backed by the might of the Volkswagen Group and its wealth of ready-made technology, is continuing to release new models to appeal to family car buyers, such as Skoda Kamiq and Skoda Scala.
But which of these two models is better? We find out the two models compare below.
The Skoda Kamiq has the longest wheelbase in its class, at 2651mm, leading to very short overhangs front and rear. This is to the benefit of interior room; the company is delighted to claim that 730mm of rear legroom is better than anything else on the market, while it’s also the widest vehicle in its segment at 1793mm as well.
The Scala, by comparison is much smaller, but has managed to deliver a roomy, functional cabin in a hatch with handsome, sleek looks. The interior is similar in appearance, and includes a class-leading 982mm of rear head room. Rear-seat occupants also score face-level air-conditioning outlets, an armrest, good outward vision and plenty of daylight with the optional full-length panoramic sunroof.
The Kamiq and Scala both feature new 1.5-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol engine matched to a seven-speed twin-clutch auto and 110kW of power and 250Nm of torque.
The Kamiq has nine airbags and features such as Front Assist with Predictive Pedestrian Protection, Lane Assist and Multi-Collision Brake as standard, while options will include Side Assist, Crew Protect Assist, Rear Traffic Alert and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The Scala also has nine airbags and has advanced safety aids such as automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assistance, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot warning that sees further than most (up to 70 metres behind the car in adjacent lanes).
The Kamiq has a 9.2-inch touch-screen, dynamic front and rear indicators, and full LED tail lights.
The Scala’s features include LED headlights and tail-lights, 6.5-inch ‘Swing’ touch-screen infotainment with Bluetooth connectivity and voice control, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The Kamiq’ is cheap to run. The 1.0 TSI 95 and 115 will achieve a combined average of just under 50mpg, and the 1.5 TSI 150 isn’t far behind that.
The Scala has claimed fuel consumption average for the 1.5 turbo of 5.0L/100km is the same as the outgoing model’s 1.4 turbo.
Performance (and Dynamics)
The Kamiq handles well, with nice, progressive steering with a good level of weighting, and impressively high grip levels.
The Scala also has sophisticated on-road performance including solid body remains well controlled even in the bumpiest of tight hairpins and the steering is responsive, accurate and always free of any unwanted interference.
Whereas the Kamiq is slightly cheaper, we prefer the Scala. This model has better efficiency and performance on high speeds, along with more convenient storage spaces (such as a greater boot capacity).