The Škoda Scala hatchback sits between the Fabia and the Octavia. You can choose from two 1.0-litre petrols, a 1.5-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel. We drove the more powerful of the 1.0-litre petrol cars. The Scala comes in three spec levels; our test car is the mid-range SE.

Does the Scala deliver the value we expect from Škoda? How does the small petrol engine handle towing? And is the car roomy enough?