Skoda and Volkswagen are working in tandem in India to establish what they should’ve done earlier. With many car launches in the pipeline, Skoda has again launched a new vehicle that replaces the spirity Rapid from its line-up. In comes the Skoda Slavia. Like the other cars that are part of the India 2.0 plan, Slavia too, is based on the MQB A0 IN platform. This means it should share a whole lot of stuff from the other cars. But is this the case? Or what is new in this new c-segment sedan from Skoda? Let’s have a deeper look at how to Skoda Slavia?
The Heart of Skoda Slavia
Before telling you guys anything on the outside and the inside, let’s focus on the exciting part, Slavia’s engine. Under the hood comes an option of two turbo petrol engines, a 1.0-litre three-cylinder and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder.
|Engine||1.0-Litre TSI||1.5-Litre TSI|
|Transmission||6-Speed MT / 6-Speed AT||6-Speed MT / 7-Speed DSG|
- Those who are not aware these are the same engine that comes with all the Skoda Kushaq and also the Volkswagen Taigun. The 1.0-litre turbo petrol is capable of generating a peak power of 115ps. Moving on to the larger 1.5-litre motor, it generates a whopping 150ps of max power.
- This makes the Skoda Slavia the most potent sedan under ₹20 lakhs (expected price). With that, we also expect the Skoda Slavia to clock 0-100kmph in under 8 seconds. Oh boy! That’ll be quick.
- Transferring the power from the engine to the front wheels, both the engines get an option of a 6-speed manual and an automatic. Of course, all four transmissions differ from each other.
- Speaking of which, the 1.0- litre gets a 6-speed torque converter automatic. On the other end, the 1.5-litre is mated to the lightning-fast, 7-speed DSG box.
- With that, Skoda also claims this DSG has numerous updates makes it a lot more reliable than the ones in the SUV from Skoda.
Is the new Skoda Slavia feature-packed?
Talking about the other bit that we Indian’s are after, features list. Unlike Skoda’s older cars, the new Slavia is feature-packed, period. Like the Kushaq Skoda Slavia gets
- 6 Airbags
- Multi collision braking
- Tyre pressure monitor
- Hill-hold control (in selected trims)
- ISOFIX child seat anchors
Meaning, Slavia is safe. Now talking about the creature comforts, this C-segment sedan offers;
- Ventilated front seats
- Wireless Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto
- Multifunctional 8 inch digital instrument cluster
- 10-inch infotainment system (7 inches in low trims)
- LED headlights
- Electronic sunroof
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Skoda Slavia, Dimentions
When it comes to the size of the new sedan from Skoda, Slavia is among the largest in the business if the largest. Talking about the dimensions, Slavia measures 4541mm in length, 1752mm in width, 1487mm in height, has a 2651mm wheelbase and offers a class-leading boot space of 521 litres.
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|Boot Space||521 Litres|
Not only boot space, but the Skoda Slavia also has the longest wheelbase in its segment, which means it will have acres of legroom from the rear passengers. Okay, for reference, the new 2020 Honda City has a wheelbase of 2600mm, and it has more than adequate legroom for people sitting at the back.
Fun Fact: The 2021 Skoda Slavia is a size larger than the first-gen Skoda Octavia that ruled the roads back in the 2000s.
Price and Rivals
Considering the complete package, we expect the Skoda Slavia to be priced slightly lower than the Kushaq. We can expect the pricing of the Skoda Slavia to range somewhere from ₹9.5 Lakhs and may go all the way up to 16 Lakhs (ex-showroom) from the top ends trim.
Also, this sedan will rival the likes of other C-segment sedans like the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and the upcoming Volkswagen Virtus.
Let us know in the comment section below what do you think of the new Skoda Slavia. Does the Slavia have what it takes to become the next best selling sedan in India?
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