The all-new Slavia makes Skoda a powerful contender within the midsize sedan phase.
Sedans are what Skoda does finest. It’s evident proper from the first-gen Octavia, which established Skoda as a premium model in India over 20 years in the past, to the best-in-class Excellent, which has dominated its area of interest for years, and, in fact, the mainstream Speedy, which has been the bread-and-butter mannequin for the corporate. SUVs have come and gone and so have hatchbacks, however it’s the standard three-box sedan that has been the spine of Skoda’s vary in India.
Which is why the significance of the Slavia, Skoda’s newest sedan providing can’t be underestimated. For one, the Slavia is the second product to be constructed beneath the corporate’s formidable ‘India 2.0’ programme, a USD 1 billion (Rs 7,500 crore) funding to develop merchandise extra in tune to native tastes and pockets. An enormous a part of the funding has gone in localising the India 2.0 fashions, and just like the Kushaq earlier than it, the Slavia is constructed with over 90 p.c of its components sourced from India.
The Slavia has additionally arrived to bolster Skoda’s place within the midsize sedan phase, and having grown in measurement and house with extra options and energy, it’s not only a alternative of the now-discontinued Speedy, however it has moved up a rung on the sedan ladder. Actually, it’s greater than the primary gen Octavia in each dimension. So, is it extra of a junior Octavia than a much bigger Speedy? It’s a little bit of each truly.
Skoda Slavia: exterior
The Slavia seems finest from the entrance the place it’s unmistakably a Skoda with its signature grille. Actually, the vertically slatted grille, winged headlights, sharply lower bumper and two outstanding creases operating down the bonnet to provide a kind of energy dome impact, look fairly emotive and may very well be a powerful promoting level over its soon-to-arrive cousin, the VW Virtus, which has an easier wanting nostril.
Slavia seems the most effective from the entrance, with the signature Skoda grille and winged headlights.
In distinction, the Slavia’s sides are fairly easy, however have some stand out parts just like the chrome strip that runs throughout the window line and curves into the rear quarter glass and a pair of sharp creases that stretch from the entrance doorways to the tail lamps. These character traces which give a pleasant stress to the physique are much like these on the Kushaq and different India 2.0 automobiles.
From the edges you may inform the Slavia is properly proportioned, regardless of the massive rear overhang which matches into carving out the most important boot in its class. The Slavia can gobble up 521 litres of baggage and when you flip the seats 60/40, it expands to 1,050 litres.
With a capability of 521 litres, Slavia has the most important boot in its class.
The Slavia seems good from the rear as effectively with a gorgeous set of tail lights and a properly sculpted boot lid. The badging too seems premium with Skoda lettering properly spaced out.
Rounding off the automotive is a great set of ten-spoke alloys, however the raised experience top which supplies a really helpful 179mm floor clearance spoils the stance to some extent.
At 179mm, floor clearance is ample, however spoils the stance to some extent.
The Slavia sits on the Indianised model of the VW Group’s confirmed MQB-A0 platform that underpins hundreds of thousands of worldwide fashions from the VW Group. This platform is the brand new basis for each Skoda and VW manufacturers and can be shared throughout India 2.0 fashions, which aside from the Slavia, embrace the Kushaq and Taigun SUVs and the quickly to reach VW Virtus.
The advantages of the MQB-A0 platform may be seen within the Slavia. It has the most effective in school wheelbase (2,650mm) and is a extremely inflexible construction which is nice for driving dynamics. The doorways have a pleasant heft to them and shut with a satisfying thunk which patrons on the hunt for a strong and secure sedan will recognize. Point out should be manufactured from the excellent paint end. Our purple check automotive had a beautiful lustre with virtually no ‘orange peel’.
Skoda Slavia: inside
Like most Skodas, the Slavia too comes with a sensible and spacious cabin that feels effectively constructed and lengthy lasting. Nonetheless, the inside doesn’t really feel as premium as the outside and that’s largely right down to the end of a number of the supplies. The imitation leather-based seats, for instance, are crinkly in some areas and appear like aftermarket seat covers.
Cabin feels well-built, however is a blended bag. Although end of some supplies isn’t nice, the two-spoke steering wheel reeks of high quality.
Among the materials within the boot space are uneven and the woven roof liner – one thing we had criticised within the Kushaq and although improved within the Slavia – seems a bit downmarket in what’s positioned as a premium mid-size sedan. Among the plastics too are a bit iffy, however general, there’s a pleasant heft to the best way every part works. The signature two-spoke steering wheel with its knurled management wheels, reeks of high quality.
The chunky dashboard with its a number of layers seems fairly busy and the bronze strip which runs throughout the sprint and into the round air vents on the ends is just a little garish, however that’s the kind of flash right this moment’s prospects need. As is the development, arduous buttons have been changed by contact delicate interface, together with the aircon blower management which will get a contact operated slider, however it’s cleverly housed in an indent on the fascia that makes it straightforward to find with out you needing to take your eyes off the highway.
Digital instrument cluster may be customised, however misses out on the basic structure of a rev counter and speedometer.
The Fashion variant we’re testing comes with a ten.1 inch display (decrease variants get a smaller 7-inch one) much like the one within the Kushaq. However in contrast to the Kushaq’s analogue dials, the Slavia will get a totally digital instrument cluster which may be customised. Nonetheless, after toggling by way of the capabilities, you discover there isn’t an excessive amount of customisation. There are a restricted variety of shows and none have the basic structure of a rev counter and speedometer dials in a single show. Additionally, the empty areas on the perimeters of the display appear a little bit of a waste and will have been used to show extra data.
The ten.1-inch touchscreen has loads packed in, together with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, amongst different apps.
The touchscreen which is straightforward to make use of because of crisp graphics, fast response and logical menus, has loads packed into it. In-built apps like Sygic maps, audiobooks, Gaana and reserving.com are carried over from the Kushaq, however as well as, the Slavia will get BBC World Service information app, which is stay radio. Apple Automotive Play and Android Auto are customary and so is wi-fi charging, however the angle of the charging pad hides the cellphone’s display which is annoying.
4 USB C-type ports supply sufficient charging choices for passengers and if you wish to be extra linked, you may obtain the MySkodaConnect app, which supplies you the standard suite of linked options like geo and time fencing and stats in your automotive. Curiously, there is no such thing as a distant lock/unlock operate nor an engine begin to help you pre-cool the cabin. It’s because beginning the engine earlier than you enter is taken into account environmentally unfriendly and never allowed by EU international locations.
There are nifty pockets on the entrance seatbacks to carry your smartphones.
Different options on the top-of-the-line Fashion variant embrace cooled seats, a sunroof, rear AC vents and computerized local weather management. Skoda hasn’t stinted on the audio system which is a giant enchancment over the Kushaq with a complete of eight audio system and a boot-mounted subwoofer.
Some huge cash has gone into security options too. Six airbags, ESC, an digital differential system (EDS), hill-hold management (optionally available), multi-collision brake and ISOFIX little one seat mounts are all customary. The place Skoda has penny pinched is the low decision rear view digital camera that will get solely static tips.
Slavia will get cooled entrance seats, with the Verna being the one different automotive within the phase to get the characteristic.
Having grown a measurement bigger than the outgoing Speedy, you anticipate the Slavia to have a really roomy cabin and it does. The supportive entrance seats have a number of journey and may be adjusted to seek out the appropriate driving place. The rear seat too may be very spacious with good headroom, beneficiant beneath thigh assist and a surplus of legroom to permit two six footers to comfortably sit behind one another. Nonetheless, the rear seat is a bit low and the central hump impedes a center passenger. Snug as it’s, the Slavia’s low set rear bench doesn’t fairly supply the couch like expertise of the Honda Metropolis’s seat. Nonetheless, the Slavia greater than makes up with its astonishing experience consolation.
Cabin may be very roomy. Rear seat house is nice sufficient for 2 six footers to comfortably sit behind one another.
Skoda Slavia: experience and dealing with
Once we drove the pre-production Slavia prototype again in October 2021, we had been blown away with the experience high quality, and in completed type, it’s even higher. Actually, it’s secure to say that no different midsize sedan comes near the experience consolation the Slavia affords. On the undulating Goa terrain, it felt extremely steady at excessive speeds, the lengthy journey suspension and incredible physique management flattening out the bumpy tarmac to ship a rock regular experience. Even at low speeds, there’s a good supple edge to the Slavia’s suspension which smoothens out sharp ruts and damaged tarmac in a agency and authoritative approach however with out upsetting the calm of the cabin.
Mild steering and softly sprung suspension don’t encourage you to assault corners. However the Slavia has phenomenal stability and experience high quality.
The 1.0 variant with its lighter engine is keen to alter course however sprung on the delicate facet, there’s a good bit of physique roll and the Slavia prefers to be eased into corners relatively than flung into them. No, it’s not a pointy device and the sunshine steering doesn’t encourage you to assault corners however that doesn’t imply you may’t drive the Slavia quick. Actually, given its phenomenal stability and a 1.0 TSI engine that’s desperate to be exploited, it’s potential for even a mean driver to carry astonishingly excessive speeds with confidence.
Skoda Slavia: engine and efficiency
Like within the Kushaq, the Slavia comes with a selection of 1.5 and 1.0 TSI engine, however for this evaluation we have now centered solely on the smaller 1.0 TSI engine. This compact three-cylinder 110hp unit punches effectively above its weight and, for probably the most half, doesn’t really feel like a small capability motor. Accessible with a 6-speed guide and a 6-speed torque converter computerized, not surprisingly, it’s the guide type that’s the extra sprightly. The brief throw, clean shifting gearbox coupled with a light-weight and progressive clutch makes the Slavia a simple guide sedan to stay with and for the fanatic is the extra pleasing choice.
1.0-litre turbo-petrol motor places out 115hp, 175Nm. For the fanatic, guide gearbox is the extra pleasing choice.
On half throttle, the 1.0-litre motor responds effectively to maintain up with the move of fast paced visitors, however whenever you press down a bit more durable, you get a bit slowed down by turbo lag. This may be annoying whenever you wish to rapidly overtake and you could use the gears incessantly to maintain the engine on the boil. Above 1,800rpm this engine is effectively and actually awake and spins vigorously all the best way until its 6,600 rpm deadline. At max revs, the engine will get audible however not in an uncomfortable approach, and for a three-cylinder, there it’s extremely clean.
The way in which the Slavia gathers tempo is spectacular – well-judged gearing helps to benefit from its large powerband and torque.
The 1.0 Slavia despatches the 100kph mark from relaxation in a formidable 11.1 seconds and in our third and fourth gear acceleration exams, it’s even faster than the Honda Metropolis! The well-judged gearing helps the Slavia benefit from its large powerband and torque, and apart from a little bit of sluggishness at low revs, you gained’t end up wanting for extra energy.
The 6-speed auto works effectively too if you need on a regular basis comfort. Positive, it’s not as fast because the guide, however a 0-100kph time of 12.1 seconds is just not too shabby both. The 6-speed auto works significantly effectively in stop-start visitors. The torque converter is calibrated to have interaction the transmission well as quickly as you faucet the throttle pedal so it feels actually responsive transferring off from a standstill. Nonetheless, turbo lag raises its ugly head whenever you press down additional and that preliminary fast response provides approach to a little bit of hesitation earlier than the 1,800rpm mark after which the engine once more picks up strongly.
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The advantage of this Aisin-sourced six-speed computerized is that it masks the turbo lag fairly effectively and although not as fast shifting as a DSG, you gained’t discover it missing on the freeway whenever you wish to drive and overtake at a brisk tempo.
The guide Slavia is fairly fuel-efficient, on paper. Nonetheless, with a turbo-petrol engine, actual world figures can be delicate to driving fashion.
With an ARAI-rated gas effectivity determine of 19.47 km/l for 1.0 TSI MT and 18.07 km/l for 1.0 TSI AT, the Slavia, particularly the guide, is fairly fuel-efficient. Nonetheless, actual world figures may very well be fairly totally different, particularly with turbo petrol engines that are very delicate to driving fashion.
Skoda Slavia: Ought to I purchase one?
As a product, the Slavia is an excellent higher sedan than the Kushaq an SUV, which is saying loads. It’s a solidly constructed automotive with an array of security options and comes with a cushty, spacious and well-equipped cabin. The 1.0 TSI engine is the shock of the package deal delivering a degree of efficiency that belies its measurement. Sure, the cabin may have been plusher and a few patrons will miss not having a diesel choice too.
With a beginning value of Rs 10.69 lakh for the bottom Lively variant and topping out at Rs 15.39 lakh for the 1.0 Fashion, Skoda has priced the Slavia confidently in the direction of the pricier finish of the midsize phase the place it squares off with the market-leading Honda Metropolis. Skoda has sweetened the take care of possession advantages like a gorgeous four-year upkeep package deal and a finest in school Rs 0.46 per km upkeep price. Moreover, the Slavia will definitely attraction to those that desire a brisker, European different to the Metropolis and Verna. Ought to the Metropolis be fearful? In a phrase, sure!
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