New Skoda Slavia sedan: who will compete?

While Skoda has revealed almost everything about the new Slavia, two questions still need to be answered – which segment does the new Slavia fall into? and who does it all compete with? So let’s purify the air for you.



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Pre-orders for the Skoda Slavia have started and delivery will start in early 2022

Skoda Auto India has unveiled its latest offering for India, an all-new sedan based on the company’s localized MQB-A0-IN platform. Christened Skoda Slavia, it is the first sedan to be built on the new platform, which so far has only produced compact SUVs such as the Skoda Kushaq and its sister brand Volkswagen Taigun. Skoda has given away almost everything, but two questions still need to be answered – which segment does the new Slavia fall into? and who does it all compete with? So let’s purify the air for you.

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Let’s tell you that the new Skoda Slavia is the official replacement for the Rapid sedan. In early October, Skoda ceased production of the compact sedan, and the final batch of the car was introduced as a series of limited-edition models called the Skoda Rapid Matte Edition. So the Skoda Slavia will fall under the compact sedan segment and will compete with Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The Slavia will also compete with Volkswagen’s upcoming sedan, which will replace the Vento in India.

Also read: First driving impressions of the Skoda Slavia prototype

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At 4549 mm and 1489 mm respectively, the Honda City is longer and higher than the new Slavia

The total length of the new Skoda Slavia is now 4,541 mm, the width 1,752 mm. The Slavia is also 1,487 mm high and has a wheelbase of 2,651 mm. While the Honda City is longer and taller than the new Slavia, Skoda’s new competitor is bigger than both the Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. The Slavia also has the longest wheelbase of any of its competitors.

Dimensions Skoda Slavia Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Honda City Hyundai Verna
length 4,541 mm 4,490 mm 4,549 mm 4,440 mm
broad 1,752 mm 1,730 mm 1,748 mm 1,729 mm
height 1,487 mm 1,485 mm 1,489 mm 1,475 mm
wheelbase 2,651 mm 2,650 mm 2,600 mm 2,600 mm

Under the hood, Slavia will get the same 1.0-liter TSI three-cylinder engine and 1.5-liter four-cylinder TSI engine, and both are supercharged petrol engines. The former has a maximum torque of 113 hp and 175 Nm and is combined with a 6-speed manual transmission and an optional 6-speed automatic torque converter unit. The larger 1.5-liter engine has a maximum torque of 148 hp and 250 Nm and is combined with a 6-speed manual transmission and a 7-speed DSG automatic.

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The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, with its 1.5-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine with 103 hp and 138 Nm torque, is the weakest among all its competitors

The rival Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is also a pure gasoline car and is powered by a 1.5 liter naturally aspirated (NA) engine with 4 cylinders that develops 103 hp and 138 Nm, while it comes with a 5-speed manual transmission and an optional 4- Gang-AT. Both Honda City and Hyundai Verna are offered with gasoline and diesel engines. The former gets a 1.5-liter NA 4-cylinder petrol engine with 119 hp and 145 Nm, paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and an automatic CVT.

Specifications Skoda Slavia Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Honda City Hyundai Varna
engine 1.0 liter TSI / 1.5 liter TSI 1.5 liters K15 1.5 liter i-VTEC 1.5 liter MPI / 1.0 liter GDi
shift 999 cc / 1495 cc 1462 cc 1498 cc 1497 cc / 999 cc
Maximum strength 113 hp / 148 hp 103 hp 119 hp 113 hp / 118 hp
Maximum torque 175 Nm / 250 Nm 138 Nm 145 Nm 144 Nm / 172 Nm
transmission 6-speed MT / 6-speed AT / 7-speed DSG 5-speed MT / 4-speed AT 6-speed MT / CVT 6-speed MT / iVT / 7-speed DCT
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Apart from Slavia, the Hyundai Verna is equipped with a turbo gasoline engine, but the latter only has a 1.0-liter engine that produces 118 hp and 172 Nm of maximum torque

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The Verna, on the other hand, has two petrol engines, a 1.5-liter NA engine that delivers 113 hp and 144 Nm maximum torque, paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and an optional iVT (CVT) automatic. The Varna also gets a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo GDi petrol engine with 118 hp and 172 Nm of maximum torque. It’s also paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, with an optional 7-speed DCT automatic.

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