Skoda Slavia Long Term Reports

By Shivank Bhatt | on November 10, 2022 Follow us on Autox Google News
Long-Term Report: November 2022

A long Diwali weekend meant heading out of town in the Slavia. This was also the first time that I took the Skoda on a long drive, so its mile-munching qualities were put to the test. And I can’t really complain because, at high speeds, the Slavia is just so amazing. Thanks to the peripheral roads around Delhi, you can now get out of the city traffic quickly and a speed limit of 120km/h allows you to cruise comfortably.

In the Slavia, I just set the cruise control to 118km/h – that’s because, at 120km/h, the speed alarm goes berserk – and it’s definitely a helpful feature. That said, the road surface on the Eastern/Western Peripheral Expressway isn’t silky smooth as it used to be. There are bumps, sudden dips, and uneven expansion joints, of course. And that’s where the Slavia’s ride quality/suspension setup shines through. Not only is it rock solid going over these irregularities, but it’s also supremely comfortable and refined on the inside. There’s no vertical movement or floatiness at high speeds.

Once I got off the expressway and headed towards Chandigarh, there was some traffic, meaning the cruise control was now off. Even though there are some empty stretches between Karnal-Chandigarh, I avoid going over 90km/h on this stretch because the traffic cops in Haryana are quite active with their speed guns over weekends. So, it was a leisurely drive home from there on. Not to mention, a steady cruise meant I eked out nearly 16km/l from the 1.0 TSI engine, which was kind of unexpected.

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When it came: August 2022

Current odo reading: 8,454kms

Mileage this month: 706kms

Fuel efficiency: 16km/l

What’s good: High-speed stability, efficiency

What’s not: Door rattles

Long-Term Report: October 2022

Skoda Slavia Long Term Report October 2022

This month, let’s talk about what’s not-so-good about living with a sedan, or in this case, the Slavia. Poor visibility. I never thought it’d turn out to be such a nuisance, but after driving the Slavia daily in traffic, I’ve come to realise that I struggle to get a clear view of the road, ahead of the car in front. And that means I can’t anticipate and am always straying left and right to get ahead. Put simply, this makes me impatient. Now, just the other day, I swapped the Slavia with our Brezza long-term for a couple of days, and, suddenly, my view was much clearer. That said, in terms of clearance, I don’t think there’s any difference between a sedan like the Slavia and any other pseudo SUV in the same price bracket. It rained pretty heavily in Delhi in the past few weeks, resulting in broken tarmac and crater-size potholes in my route, but the Slavia never scrapes its belly. It’s pretty practical.

One thing that does get on your nerves is the door rattle. In a car that costs over 18 lakh, this shouldn’t happen. And, I also miss wireless connectivity for CarPlay. In newer Slavias, Skoda is now skimping on this feature in the top-end variant, owing to the global chip shortage. However, all these niggles aside, there’s no denying that the Slavia drives really, really well. And when you’re cruising down the road with your favourite music on (the sound system is fabulous, by the way), the Slavia’s impeccable driving dynamics and engine performance always put a smile on your face.

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When it came: August 2022

Current odo reading: 7,748kms

Mileage this month: 1,077kms

Fuel efficiency: 11km/l

What’s good: Mid-range, clearance

What’s not: Visibility, no wireless CarPlay

Long-Term Report: September 2022 (Start of Term)

Skoda Slavia Long Term Report September 2022

In a world where SUVs have become the norm, driving a sedan can feel illegal at times. And that’s exactly how I’ve been feeling these days, thanks to my new long-term car – the Skoda Slavia.

Jokes apart, I’m not trying to imply that the Slavia has a gangster vibe or something. What I am trying to say is that sedans are a rare sight on our roads, especially the ones from C-Segment and above. So, driving one does make you look like an outlaw. That said, the likes of Slavia, Honda City, and VW Virtus have definitely revived the mid-size sedan segment in India. And, I’m fairly sure that, like me, you must also be noticing a fairly high number of these three-box vehicles on the road these days as compared to in the last few years. So, why are sedans back in trend?

Let me answer that with the Slavia as the centrepiece of this discussion. Even though sedans went out of favour roughly a decade ago, they’re still considered classy and elegant. Not to mention, they are considered premium, if not practical for our roads. Now, the ‘premium’ aspect works generously in the Slavia’s favour because I think it definitely has a more upmarket feel than, let’s say, its SUV sibling, the Kushaq. The way it sits in the parking lot or moves on the highway, it definitely looks posher than any SUV at its price point. And since it’s a Skoda, it’s got this Octavia-like charm, which brings back good memories of the time when the Skoda nameplate was oh-so-desirable.

Then comes the driving experience. The Slavia may have a compact-SUV rivalling ground clearance (179mm), but when it comes to driving dynamics, it’s still a sedan at heart. Low-slung, surefooted, and a heck of a lot involving.

That said, I definitely prefer the 1.5-litre DSG version to the 1.0-litre AT that we’ve got. However, considering the price gap between the two, settling for the latter makes more sense. The 999cc three-cylinder unit has a fair bit of turbo lag below 2,000rpm though, and the automatic gearbox is quite jumpy when you set off. But, overall, it’s a strong performer for daily driving and a solid mile-muncher.

I’m also a fan of the Slavia’s ride quality, for it rides like a big European sedan. However, the ride quality at low speeds is a little firm for sure. And, yes, the doors and body panels do rattle at times, which is a bit un-Skoda-like. But overall, my first month with the car was mostly spent reflecting on the true pleasures of driving a sedan. I shall be more critical from next month. Promise!  

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When it came: August 2022

Current odo reading: 6,671kms

Mileage this month: 835kms

Fuel efficiency: 12km/l

What’s good: Driving dynamics, mid-range

What’s not: Jumpy AT, rattling doors

Read more:

Skoda Slavia 1.5 TSI MT Review: First Drive

Skoda Slavia 1.0 TSI AT Review: First Drive

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