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My Skoda Slavia 1.5 MT: 6000 km update & observations after a road trip

Overall it returned me fuel efficiency of 14 kmpl and that is at a constant rev range of 2.5 to 4k rpm. Sometimes higher.

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My Slavia 1.5 MT recently completed 6000 kms. I recently made a Bangalore to Rameshwaram trip and did some spirited driving. I must say that this machine is full of surprises.  Nothing can beat it's acceleration at this price range. I think except for VAG, no other brand can even come close. You keep the engine revs at 2500 rpm and it pulls like it's tied to a sling shot. Handling is phenomenal with XDS+. Never did I feel that I have to take my foot off the accelerator while negotiating curves.

Overall it returned me fuel efficiency of 14 kmpl and that is at a constant rev range of 2.5 to 4k rpm. Sometimes higher.

Seats provided very good support all through. Never felt I needed a break to stretch my back.

Suspension worked brilliantly too. I did not get any major bad patches. Road undulations at greater than 100 kmph never made me nervous. It also handled the bridge joints quite brilliantly.

Braking also was very precise. I never felt I cannot control the speed at sudden moments when I needed to. This happened quite a few times when I encountered road humps without any warning.

And finally, no rattles, no squeaks from the dashboard or doors.

A couple of issues I felt in this drive:

  • The gear has a long throw and also the clutch travel is long. At the time of enthusiastic driving, you might wish you had a shorter gear throw.
  • AC operation is a nuisance. One it's a touch. Second it doesn't even beep when I change settings. I have to look to ensure that I have hit the right touch points and it is operating as I want it to. Even if the touch panel would have been slightly bigger, that would have helped.
  • High beam could have been better, especially in rainy situation. There is scope for improvement.

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