Skoda Auto’s latest vehicle in India is the Slavia. SGA Cars, a dealership of Skoda has delivered 125 units of Slavia in a single day. The location was filled with Slavias that were in different variants and colors.
This is not the first time that a dealership has delivered so many cars. Last year, dealerships of Tata Motors delivered 100 and 150 units on the same day. In fact, Volkswagen recently created a record by delivering 150 units of Virtus in one day.
Slavia pricing and variants
The prices of the Slavia start from Rs. 10.99 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 18.39 lakhs ex-showroom. It is offered in three variants. There is Active, Ambition, and Style. You can also get the Style variant without an electric sunroof.
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Engine and gearbox
The Slavia is offered with two petrol engine options, both of which are turbocharged. There is a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder engine and a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder engine. The 1.0 TSI produces 115 PS of max power output and 178 Nm of peak torque output. The 1.5 TSI produces 150 PS of max power and 250 Nm of peak torque. As standard, both the engines get a 6-speed manual gearbox. The 1.0 TSI is offered with a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox whereas the 1.5 TSI gets a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Skoda Slavia has to compete against the Hyundai Verna, Volkswagen Virtus, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz and Honda City.
Slavia loses 10-inch touchscreen
Skoda has replaced the 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with an 8-inch unit. The new infotainment system has been sourced from Panasonic and it does support wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. It misses out on valet mode, in-built navigation and wireless phone connectivity.
This has been done because of the semiconductor shortage issue that the world is facing. Moreover, Skoda also hiked the prices of the Slavia by Rs. 60,000 so this does feel like a major downgrade. There are also rumours that Skoda and Volkswagen will be removing wireless charger from their sedans.
Customers reporting issues with air conditioners
Owners of Slavia and Kushaq have reported that they are facing issues with the air conditioners of their vehicles. The owners say that the air conditioner’s compressor keeps tripping and does not work when the vehicle is parked or when you are stuck in traffic. The Slavia and Kushaq that are equipped with the 1.0 TSI engine are facing this issue. Skoda is already looking into the issue. Some owners of the Volkswagen Taigun have also reported a similar issue.
Volkswagen launched Virtus
Volkswagen recently launched the Virtus in the Indian market. It shares a lot of components with Slavia. So, the platform, engine, gearbox and some other bits and pieces are shared between both the sedans. However, there is one difference that the Virtus’ 1.5 TSI is not offered with a manual gearbox. The price of the Virtus starts at Rs. 11.22 lakhs ex-showroom and goes up to Rs. 17.92 lakhs ex-showroom.