Skoda has made a sedan so effective, it ought to entice the eye of those that received’t suppose past SUVs. Solely it was a lakh rupee cheaper…
As soon as upon a time, not very way back, a hatchback was for the plenty and a sedan for somebody who had ‘arrived in life’. “Proudly owning a sedan comparable to Honda Metropolis or Hyundai Verna was thought of a mark of success only a decade in the past,” a automotive seller lately advised me.
Then SUVs arrived and performed spoilsport (particularly after Hyundai Creta was launched in 2015). From FY15 to FY21, whereas gross sales of sedans dropped from 24.2% to 11%, these of SUVs went up from 14% to 32% (knowledge by carmakers). Skoda India, nonetheless, believes that as extra new sedans get launched, buyer curiosity on this physique form will return. It has readied the Slavia, and we drive it.
What’s the Slavia?
A alternative for the Speedy, the Slavia competes in opposition to sedans such because the Metropolis, Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, in addition to SUVs such because the Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun.
What defines its design?
It seems to be lots just like the costlier Octavia. Vertical slats on the entrance grille give it a ‘tall’ look and horizontal design strains on either side make it look longer than its 4.5-metre size.
How is the cabin?
It’s typical Skoda—great-to-hold steering wheel, horizontal strains to reinforce its width, and general feels nicely constructed. Cabin area is superb, because of its 2,651-mm wheelbase.
How does it drive?
1.0-litre TSI petrol: This engine is smaller in capability than competitors (which is normally 1.5-litre), however as a result of it’s turbocharged the ability it produces is kind of equal.
1.5-litre TSI petrol: It’s an fanatic’s automotive—accelerates from 0-100 km/h in simply 8.8 seconds. It will get the Lively Cylinder Expertise—the engine robotically shuts down two cylinders throughout coasting or when going downhill—to scale back gasoline consumption (claimed determine is eighteen.72 km/litre).It drives nicely, and particularly the steering suggestions—the mechanical alerts the entrance tyres ship to the steering wheel—is correct and you are feeling each bump and dip within the highway through the steering wheel.
Is it higher than SUVs?
Area: The Slavia gives extra ‘usable area’ than most SUVs in its value vary. Whereas SUVs could have extra cabin quantity, most of it’s ‘excessive’, i.e. headroom. Additionally, the Slavia has boot area of 521 litres (Creta and Seltos have 433 litres, and Kushaq and Taigun have 385 litres), which is once more extra usable as a result of most of it’s horizontal, not vertical.
Floor clearance: At 179 mm, it’s greater than that of the Metropolis (165 mm) and fewer than that of the Creta (190 mm), however ok to journey over tall pace breakers and occasional off the highway drive (like whereas overtaking on slender roads the place the verge could also be tall).
Journey high quality: In contrast to most SUVs through which you’ll expertise body-roll (as a result of SUVs are tall), the Slavia rides ‘hugging the highway’, and subsequently feels extra grounded.
Do you have to purchase it?
The 1.0-litre Slavia is priced from Rs 10.69 lakh to Rs 15.39 lakh (the entry-level variant is priced greater than the entry-level 4th Gen Metropolis and Creta). Whereas the Slavia could entice an honest variety of SUV patrons (most SUVs have a protracted ready interval), if it was priced a lakh rupee decrease it could have been an incredible purchase.
Skoda, nonetheless, is providing a four-year upkeep package deal with the Slavia for Rs 24,999, below which its price of possession shall be simply 0.46 paise per km (consists of price of spare components, engine oil and labour).The 1.5-litre Slavia is pricey (Rs 16.19 lakh to Rs 17.79 lakh) however distinctive.
There is no such thing as a 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol sedan on this class (the Verna has the 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit), and it competes in opposition to the turbocharged petrol fashions of the Creta and Seltos (each 1.4-litre), and Kushaq and Taigun (each 1.5-litre).
|Engine||1.0-litre TSI||1.5-litre TSI|
|Energy||85 kW (115 bhp)||110 kW (148 bhp)|
|Torque||178 Nm||250 Nm|
|Gearbox||6-speed MT, AT||6-speed MT / 7-speed DSG|
|Worth||Rs 10.7-15.4 Lakh||Rs 16.2-17.8 Lakh|
*Costs are ex-showroom
Sedans: Honda Metropolis, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai VernaSUVs: Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, VW Taigun