The Skoda Slavia is the latest sedan from the Czech car manufacturer and it is built on the MQB A0-IN platform that also happens to underpin the recently launched mid-size SUV, the Skoda Kusaq. Thanks to the versatile MQB A0-IN platform, Skoda Slavia is one of the most spacious sedans in its segment with exterior dimensions measuring 4541mm X 1752mm X 1487mm. This makes the Skoda Slavia the second-longest and the widest car in its segment. Moreover, the Skoda Slavia comes with a best-in-class wheelbase and boot space of 2,651mm and 521-litres respectively.
The Skoda Slavia comes with two engine options. There is the frugal 113 bhp 1.0-litre TSI engine with 178 Nm of torque and a more potent 150 bhp 1.5-litre TSI petrol engine with 250Nm of torque. The Skoda Slavia comes with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. However, the more powerful 1.5-litre TSI engine will get the 7-speed DSG transmission, whereas the 1.0-litre version gets a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Though Skoda Slavia may have an advantage by being the newest car in its segment, the advantage is just marginal as the rivals also offer very stiff competition.
Honda engineers know space utilization better than anyone and the new Honda City is a perfect example of that. The interior offers more space than its exterior dimensions suggest. The Honda City offers a wheelbase of 2,600mm, which is about 51mm shorter than the Skoda Slavia. That being said, the Honda City measures 4549mm X 1748mm X 1489mm, making it the longest and tallest in its segment. The Honda City is powered by two engine options. The 1.5-litre petrol engine produces 119.35 bhp and 145 Nm of torque, whereas the 1.5-litre diesel engine puts out 97.89 bhp and 200 Nm of torque.
The Petrol unit comes with two gearbox options, a 6-speed manual transmission and a CVT gearbox, whereas the diesel unit comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. If you are chauffeur driven, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz offers one of the best rear seat experiences in its segment and with a wheelbase of 2650mm, the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has the second-longest wheelbase in its segment. Apart from that, the powertrain with hybrid technology ensures top-notch fuel-economy figures. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine with 103.25 bhp and 138 Nm of torque, and gearbox options include a simple 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz measures 4490mm X 1730mm X 1485mm, which makes it slightly smaller than the Skoda Slavia. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz also has the second biggest boot at 510-litres. Hyundai Verna immediately identifies its self as the youngsters choice in this bunch with a long list of features and turbo petrol engine option. The Hyundai Verna comes with three engine options. The 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated petrol engine produces 113.18 bhp and 143.8 Nm of torque, and this engine comes mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT gearbox.
The next engine option is a frugal 1.5-litre diesel unit with 113.5 bhp and 250 Nm of torque. The diesel engine can be specified with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Finally, the punchy 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine produces 118 bhp and 172 Nm of torque, and this engine comes exclusively mated to a 7-speed DCT gearbox. The Hyundai Verna measures 4440mm X 1729mm X 1475mm, with a wheelbase of 2600mm. The boot space of the Hyundai Verna measures at 480-litres which is significantly smaller than the Skoda Slavia’s carnivorous 521-lire boot. It is clear that Skoda has thoroughly studied its competitors and left no stones unturned. Moreover, by sharing the platform with Skoda Kushaq, Skoda will be able to significantly lower the cost of spare parts and make the availability of spares easier.