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Honda City owner test drives the Skoda Slavia 1.0 MT: 10 Observations

Overall, nothing to motivate for a change from my City to Slavia. This is where, despite all the brickbats given to Honda, the depth of their engineering shines.

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Drove the Skoda Slavia today, 1.0 manual.

  1. It didnt feel special at all. Unless the engine is revved hard, nothing much. NA 1.5 of my City or K15C is much better in the 2nd gear speedbreaker test.
  2. Engine shines after 3000-4000 rpm., but not daily and in each and every instance one is excited to spin engine hard and drive hard.
  3. Ride is good, but suspension felt soft. Yet to try out the car at regular highway speeds.
  4. Excellent brakes, nice AC. For highway driving, this car could be a good choice, but not if one has to traverse miles of urban congestion day in day out.
  5. Seats are comfortable, but clutch is on higher side with the biting point being in the last stages of travel.
  6. Very small observation. Had to use wipe and wash function. My city's wiper have faster swipe than Slavia. Slavia's wipers felt like those on Brezza and Grand Vitara I drove a week ago : as if the motor is not receiving full current.
  7. The trim on A-pillar and near the cabin light between sun visors definitely show how and where cost cutting has been done. This product is definitely not the VW of the past. My cousin has VW Polo GT TSI 1.2. That car feels two steps ahead in terms of overall fit and finish.
  8. Again, never thought I would ever chip in this but : Grand Vitara's hood felt heavier than Slavia. I know, its not a scientific method to check safety or crash rating, but still this is Skoda/VW.
  9. Dealer experience was so-so. Nothing to write home about, they need to improve. I have driven Brezza, Grand Vitara, inquired at Hyundai, drove MG Comet and now Slavia. Best dealer experience was MG followed by Maruti and then Nexa. Hyundai was the worst, Skoda managed to outclass Hyundai. Hyundai guy didnt seem to be interested in either selling the car or even offering a test drive vehicle. Couple this factor of sub par dealer experience with the fact VW group is hunting for a partner for India operations and confidence in the brand takes a royal beating.
  10. The spare wheel isnt a space saver but the 4 tyres on the car were Ceat ( IIRC Securadrive) and spare was a full size MRF. Why so ? Also, in case of a full size spare, I would prefer to have same tyre as rest of the car.

Overall, nothing to motivate for a change from my City to Slavia. This is where, despite all the brickbats given to Honda, the depth of their engineering shines. The overall drive of my City is more or less at par with Slavia. NVH and brakes (rear drum brakes) are the only reminders of City's age. Slavia 1.0 engine makes nice sound when revved, but again, not everyday one wants to hear the engine note.

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