Great Sedans are back. After releasing the Kushaq in India in 2021, the next Skoda India pipeline is Skoda Slavia. Essentially a Sedan that is based on the underpinning of Kushaq, this car is set to compete with the likes of the Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Hyundai Verna. With that let us have a look at the Skoda Slavia review.
This is an all new car that aims to draw users away from the boxy SUVs to more traditional sedans, a body structure that really established Skoda in this country. We will now get into a detailed Skoda Slavia review.
Skoda Slavia Review: Styling
This latest release from Skoda is a brilliant looking car. We all know styling is subjective. Strong lines, amazing proportions and it appeals to most of the people visually and those shades of red and blues make it more eye catching. The face of this car clearly brings inspiration from the present generation Octavia, while the section of the tail is sleek with a little kink at the tailgate’s end and lovely details in the taillights. There is a strong shoulder line that offers it prominence from the side, a really muscular, but moderate look. In this Skoda Slavia review, it needs to be stated that it is a large car and Skoda does not miss a chance to remind the user that it is larger than Mk1 Octavia. And in comparison to its competitor, it boasts the biggest width and wheelbase, and dimension that directly impacts the space on the inside.
Skoda Slavia Review: Features, Interior, And Space
The same narration with the Slavia prevails on the inside with the 1.5 being identical to the 1.0. The dash is a similar one and there is a lot here that is shared with the Kushaq but there is a fair bit that is varied as well. The digital cockpit is unique, a feature that is not accessible on the Kushaq yet, but the Skoda Slavia interior receives it. It is a well implemented unit that throws up data logically and clearly. You can shift among varied screens — one with a tacho, one with a speedo, and one which is more minimum.
That aside, the air vents located in the corners of the dash are varied from the Kushaq, there is some trim on the dash like the bronze strip and also the dimpled textures around the screen which are varied, and the switches for the ventilated seats are situated near the gearstick and not under the HVAC controls. The rest of it stays much identical to the Kushaq, at least as far as the customers can see. Start poking around and you will see that Skoda has taken the user’s feedback from the Kushaq seriously with stuff like the air con vents and the roof lining no longer feel a low quality and the seat padding has been worked on also.
Skoda Slavia Engine
In this Skoda Slavia review, it is important to talk about the engines. The engines in the Skoda Slavia India are identical to the ones of the Kushaq. There is the 1.0 TSI and the 1.5 TSI, where both mated to a manual and an automatic (DSG in the case of the 1.5). Let us be real though, the 1.0 is the version that will be doing the numbers. It will be more easily affordable, and it is available in more trim levels, much like the Kushaq, the 1.5 of Slavia is only available in the top-of-the-line Style trim. So really, the 1.0 should be of more relevance in India.
This is Evo India though, and the 1.5 deserves ample attention here. It makes peak outputs of 250 Nm and 148bhp, and like before, it is accessible with a manual and a DSG transmission. These outputs are optimally what puts it in a space without competitors. No other sedan in this segment makes as much power, and the performance is exactly what people will be purchasing the 1.5 for.
After this Skoda Slavia review, it can be concluded that the prices for the Skoda Slavia 1.0 TSI have already been released. The Skoda Slavia price begins at Rs 10.69 lakh for the base manual and goes up to Rs 15.39 for the top-end auto. This puts it on the more pricey end of this segment — a fair bit more than the Ciaz and Verna. It directly competes with the Honda City. In Skoda Slavia vs Honda City, the first one competes with minor variations in price between lower versions while the top-end is a bit more expensive. At that price, this latest release from Skoda has its work cut out for it. It offers the table great engines, handling, great ride, and a good amount of space, but it is also seeking for a fair bit.