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Old 2nd December 2010, 11:52   #16
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Congrats Anshuman! The Laura sure has finesse, a stonking diesel engine and the best autobox from the category. I'd highly recommend the extended warranty package to you, tied-in insurance policy notwithstanding. And yes, do keep a close eye on that dealer.

Coming from the Elantra, you'll be very happy with driving around the Laura DSG common-rail.

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White has always been my favorite in Sedans and SUV's
White is seriously the new "black", if you know what I mean

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The Ambiente version comes the essentials i needed minus Leather seats and ACC.
I'm not a fan of Skoda's OEM leather seats. Well, you can always get Stanley next year?

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The refined and Powerful Engine with very broad powerband(For a Diesel).
True. And negligible turbo-lag, compared to the earlier PD unit.

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The Steering feels too fake at parking speeds.
The sole flaw in the Laura's driving experience. Not only at parking speeds, but I also feel its too light & lifeless at 150 kph.

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Btw is it a 7 speed DSG with a paddle shift?
Skoda / VW diesels get a 6 speed DSG while the petrols get a 7 speed.

Drive safe, Anshuman.
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mmm ... that's a beauty! You my friend are a brave man - two of the brands most notorious for service are in your garage (replacing two of the most trusted ones - Maruti & Hyundai)

Time for a gaon meet?
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Old 2nd December 2010, 13:03   #18
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Congrats Anshuman !
Please share dealership experience and discounts/offers with us. I am sure you'd be extra careful with the PDI.

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The Decision Process-
Hyundai Sonata was within the budget but it's too dated, more focussed on the rear seat, a bit dull to drive and too large for my requirement.
Did you get a quote from hyundai ? at what price ?
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Congrats anshuman! This is definitely *the* car to buy in the diesel AT segment. In fact I was sorely tempted to opt for this as I wait for my VW Vento but Skoda's horror stories scare the beejeezus out of me, to be honest. And the attitude of the dealer regarding TD wasn't very enouraging either, so I took that as a sign!

But I agree with your analysis 100%- the DSG is unmatched, 140 BHP on a 2 liter diesel engine is an incredible value prop. and the car's interiors, boot space, ICE and general look and feel are the icing on the cake. Here's wishing you many happy miles in this mean machine!
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Congrats anshuman for the white beauty. Well this car indeed is the best AT diesel this side of 20 lacs. You know what i think its fraction of a second faster then even Cruze AT because of that awesome DSG and power to weight ratio.
Build quality is spot on and looks really elegant in white. Interiors also gel well with the overall character of the car.
Wishing you miles and miles of reliability, driving pleasure and happiness.
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Congrats anshuman. I thought you were soo much in love with your Elantra that you will never give her away. A great car and good classy interiors. The seats look very spacious and comfortable. How is the under thigh support? Waiting eagerly for your extensive report & comparisons.
And now I wonder why do you always choose brands which are not so good in the after sales department. Just curious
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Old 2nd December 2010, 15:39   #22
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Congrats on buying my fav car in India today. Its fast, frugal, sturdy and decently priced.

I have been constantly eyeing it ever since it launched with the new engine. Please post a detailed ownership review and tons of pics.

And yes, do let us know if you face GC issues with this car since that is probably the single biggest area where the Yeti scores over it.

I feel that the Laura's rear bench is better than the Yeti for 3 people. Am I correct?
What was the price OTR? Can you post a pic of the underbody which shows the engine guard please.
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Skoda / VW diesels get a 6 speed DSG while the petrols get a 7 speed.

Drive safe, Anshuman.
Sorry for being too picky But only the smaller petrols upto 250nm of torque have the 7 speed. Even the Superb V6 has a 6 speed.

Anshuman where have you disappeared?
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Congrats Anshuman. Thats the best driver's Diesel car you could buy in that category. Add to that the DSG. You gonna have a great time ahead.

Awaiting your LAura VS Yeti comparison.
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Sorry for being too picky But only the smaller petrols upto 250nm of torque have the 7 speed. Even the Superb V6 has a 6 speed.

Anshuman where have you disappeared?
Hes just bought the Laura DSG. I doubt he is going to find time to stop driving it and log on to tbhp.
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Congrats Anshuman

You have chosen the best value model, nice photographs.

Enjoy the best 0-100 experience this side of 25L .
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And now I wonder why do you always choose brands which are not so good in the after sales department. Just curious
Really? I had an awesome Hyundai service experience for 7 years. They are as good as MASS IMHO.
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Enjoy the best 0-100 experience this side of 25L .

Oops, you are forgetting the Laura petrol...0-100 in 8.x seconds...
But then only a Laura can catch a Laura.


Congrats Anshuman,
Great car and great color.
Even I have bought a white one (petrol).

Cheers!
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Sorry for being too picky But only the smaller petrols upto 250nm of torque have the 7 speed. Even the Superb V6 has a 6 speed.
Ah yes! IIRC, the Superb 3.6 petrol uses a derivative of the gearbox used on the Laura DSG (and other VW diesels).
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The 7speed DSG is using a Dry clutch setup compared to the 6 speed DSG which uses wet clutch setup. 7speed DSG can with stand torque upto 300NM compared 6speed DSG which can handle upto 440 NM of torque. Since diesels are more torquey thats one of the reason why they use 6speed DSG.

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Really? I had an awesome Hyundai service experience for 7 years. They are as good as MASS IMHO.
I was mentioning about his 2 recent purchases from Fiat & now Skoda.
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