Based on the MQB-A0-IN platform from the Kushaq, the Skoda Slavia will be rivalling Maruti Ciaz, Honda City and Hyundai Verna
Skoda Slavia will soon become the third MQB-A0-IN model in Skoda Auto Volkswagen India’s lineup and looks all set to try and reignite the spark in the fast-dying sedan segment. Like the Kushaq, the Slavia will be among the more affordable models in its company’s lineup and will be positioned against the likes of Maruti Ciaz. Ahead of the launch, a totally uncamouflaged unit of the sedan was recently seen and even shot alongside a Honda City and a Ciaz, thereby comparing the road presence of the two vehicles.
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As you can see after the 1:30 and 3:30 marks, a Skoda Slavia in its signature blue shade runs alongside a white Maruti Ciaz and a white Honda City for a while. Clearly, the new model looks completely different and definitely more interesting than the popular sedans from Indian subsidiaries of Japanese carmakers. However, what’a worth mentioning here is that the Slavia doesn’t seem any bigger than the Ciaz or the City, which isn’t all that surprising if you consider that the latter themselves are among the largest cars in the class. Also, its rear-end feels slightly boxy as compared to the more fluidic design of the rivals.
Skoda Slavia vs Maruti Ciaz vs Honda City Dimensions
|Dimensions (in mm)||Skoda Slavia||Maruti Ciaz||Honda City|
The Slavia is a clear winner if you compare the dimensions with the Ciaz. It’s longer and wider but its wheelbase is only marginally more. Still, the extra width should help it feel more spacious than its main rival. Coming back to the visual comparison seen in the video, the new model does feel more special. However, that’s also because the Ciaz seen above was in a lower trim and in a plain white colour. In comparison to the City, it has a much longer wheelbase and is marginally wider. All said and done, we’re not sure how people would respond to the rather boxy rear-end as compared to stylish posteriors of cars like the latest Honda City.
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The Skoda Slavia will share its engine options with the Kushaq. Like the Maruti Ciaz, it will be a petrol-only model but unlike the Japanese rival, it will be available with multiple engine and transmission options. THe Czech offering will be sold with 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine options that will be available with both manual and automatic transmissions. In fact, the 1.5-litre unit will be on sale with an optional 7-speed DSG. In comparison, the Ciaz comes with a less powerful 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated unit that is available with a 5-speed manual and an archaic 4-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the City offers a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol unit that is available with an optional CVT. A diesel engine is also on offer, which is a trump card as the Slavia and the Ciaz are petrol-only models.