The Skoda Slavia is a subcompact sedan that has been in production since 2022. It is based on the MQB A0 IN platform, which is also used in the Skoda Kushaq. The car is designed and developed primarily for the Indian market. Here’s a look at its variants, their prices, features, and its most value for money offering.
Skoda Slavia: Top Competitors
Among the top rivals of the Skoda Slavia are Volkswagen Virtus, Hyundai Verna, Honda City, and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz.
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Skoda Slavia Variants
The Skoda Slavia comes in 14 variants, which are listed below along with their prices (ex-showroom, Delhi):
|Slavia 1.0 TSI Active||Rs 11.39 lakhs|
|Slavia 1.0 TSI Ambition||Rs 13.19 lakhs|
|Slavia 1.0 TSI Style Non-Sunroof||Rs 14.30 lakhs|
|Slavia 1.0 TSI Ambition AT||Rs 14.49 lakhs|
|Slavia 1.0 TSI Style||Rs 14.80 lakhs|
|Slavia 1.5 TSI Ambition||Rs 14.94 lakhs|
|Slavia 1.0 TSI Style AT||Rs 16.00 lakhs|
|Slavia 1.5 TSI Ambition AT||Rs 16.24 lakhs|
|Slavia 1.5 TSI Ambition DSG DT||Rs 16.29 lakhs|
|Slavia 1.5 TSI Style||Rs 17.00 lakhs|
|Slavia 1.5 TSI Anniversary Edition||Rs 17.28 lakhs|
|Slavia 1.5 TSI Style AT||Rs 18.40 lakhs|
|Slavia 1.5 TSI Style DSG Dual Tone||Rs 18.45 lakhs|
|Slavia 1.5 TSI Anniversary Edition AT||Rs 18.68 lakhs|
Skoda Slavia: Quick Review
Design and features: The Skoda Slavia has a sculpted look with sharp creases all over. The front of the Slavia has Skoda’s signature chrome-rimmed butterfly grille and crystalline LED headlights. The Slavia’s side profile is sleek with the roof sloping down, which gives it a coupe-like look. It has clean edges at the rear. The car has a muscular appearance, with good road presence.
In terms of features, the Skoda Slavia has a sunroof, 10-inch touchscreen infotainment head-unit with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and an 8-inch virtual cockpit MID. The Slavia also features ambient lighting, connected car technology, wireless phone charging, ventilated seats, rear AC vents, two USB-C charging sockets at the rear and a subwoofer.
Engine and performance: The Skoda Slavia comes with a choice of two TSI petrol engines. The 1.0 TSI produces 113 BHP and 178 Nm of torque, and has an optional six-speed automatic transmission. The top-end engine is a 1.5-litre TSI with ACT, which produces a power output of 147.51 BHP and maximum torque of 250 Nm. This unit comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard and can optionally be paired with a 7-speed DSG.
The Slavia’s engine is built more for comfort than hard driving, and the throttle responds well. Overall, the SIavia driveability in the city is good, and it clears speed breakers in second gear with ease. Besides, it has light electric power steering, good ergonomics and good all-round visibility.
Ride and handling: The Skoda Slavia comes with a McPherson strut suspension at the front and a twist-beam rear axle. The Slavia’s ride quality is compliant under most driving conditions. The suspension absorbs shocks and small potholes well at low speeds.
The Slavia’s straight-line stability is good and the car feels quite steady cruising at speeds. The light front end makes it easy to tackle corners. The EPS is light at parking and city speeds. The Slavia has discs at the front and drums at the rear,and the brake pedal is well calibrated.
Comfort and space: The Skoda Slavia has ample space in the cabin, and can fit five occupants comfortably. The seats offer good overall support with enough cushioning. Both front seats have height adjustment and can slide back.
There are a good number of storage spaces in the cabin, including a ventilated glove box, door pads that can hold a bottle and other items, elastic bands on both front units to hold papers in place, and a storage compartment with a wireless smartphone charging pad. Cupholders and cubby holes have been provided in the centre console as well.
The Ambition and Style variants get a “Climatronic” climate control unit with a touch control panel. Air vents have been provided at the rear as well. The Active variant gets a standard HVAC unit.
There’s ample knee room and headroom for adults in the rear seat. The backrest is also set at a comfortable angle. The Slavia has a boot space of 521 litres, and the rear seat is split in a 60:40 ratio.
Safety: The safety features in the Skoda Slavia include ESC, ABS, multi-collision brake, brake disc wiping, hydraulic brake boosting and traction control system. All variants are also equipped with XDS and XDS+, 3-point seatbelts, 6 airbags, TPMS, and ISOFIX child seat mounts.
Mileage: The Skoda Slavia has an overall mileage ranging from 18.07 km/l to 19.47 km/l, depending upon the variant.
Skoda Slavia: Most Value for Money Variant
The most value for money (VFM) variant of the Skoda Slavia is the Slavia 1.0 TSI Ambition, which is priced at Rs 13.19 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Most VFM Variant in Comparison with Base Variant
The base variant of the Skoda Slavia is the Slavia 1.0 TSI Active, priced at Rs 11.39 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The VFM variant has some additional features over the base variant, such as rear parking camera, cruise control, automatic ORVM (base has manual ORVM), day/night IRVM, hill hold assist, climate control, rear AC vents, glove box cooling, push button start, 16-inch alloy wheels (base has 15-inch steel wheels), 10-inch LCD touchscreen infotainment system (base variant has a 7-inch LCD touchscreen), and an OEM sound system with 8 speakers (in place of 2 speakers in base variant).
Most VFM Variant in Comparison with Top-end Variant
The top-end variant of the Skoda Slavia is the Slavia 1.5 TSI Anniversary Edition AT, which is priced at Rs 18.68 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). The top-end variant has extra features over the most VFM variant, which include 6 airbags (including knee/curtain airbags), fog lights, LED headlights (both base and VFM variants have halogen headlights), panoramic sunroof, ventilated seats, rain sensing wipers, and genuine leather upholstery (both base and VFM variants have cloth upholstery). However, the top-end variant has an 8-inch LCD touchscreen system (as against the 10-inch touchscreen in the VFM variant).
Key Take-outs from Comparative Analysis of Base, VFM, and Top-end Variants Above
The base variant of the Skoda Slavia does not have some key features that the value for money variant has. The Slavia’s top-end variant has more advanced features than the VFM variant, but most of the key features are similar in both.
To conclude, the most value for money variant of the Skoda Slavia, the Slavia 1.0 TSI Ambition, offers most of the features available across variants. Besides, it is priced more than Rs 5 lakhs under the top-end variant.
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