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Hold On To Your Seats! The More Powerful Skoda Slavia 1.5 TSI Is Here At Rs 16.19 Lakh

150PS/250Nm, a 0-100kmph sprint time of 8.8 seconds, and cylinder deactivation technology… Segment-leading nuggets, sure. But they come at a cost

  • Skoda Slavia 1.5-litre TSI priced from Rs 16.19 lakh to Rs 17.79 lakh.
  • Commands a premium of up to Rs 2.4 lakh over Style 1-litre TSI.
  • This engine is limited to the top-spec Style trim only.
  • Gets the option of a 6-speed manual and 7-speed DCT.
  • No design-related differences over the 1-litre TSI variant.

The 1-litre Skoda Slavia isn’t satiating your power needs? No sweat, for now, you can consider the more powerful 1.5-litre TSI, which has been just launched in India at Rs 16.19 lakh (ex-showroom). Yes, it’s priced way over segment limits, but it creates a niche space for the sedan. 

The Slavia 1.5-litre TSI is limited to the top-spec Style trim, and it gets both manual and automatic options. 

Here’s how the prices compare to the 1-litre TSI:

 Slavia 1-litre TSISlavia 1.5-litre TSIPremium
ManualRs 13.99 lakhRs 16.19 lakhRs 2.2 lakh
AutomaticRs 15.39 lakhRs 17.79 lakhRs 2.4 lakh

Meanwhile, here’s a quick comparison of the Slavia 1.5-litre TSI’s prices with its platform sibling, the Kushaq:

 Kushaq 1.5-litre TSISlavia 1.5-litre TSIDifference
ManualRs 16.49 lakhRs 16.19 lakhRs 30,000
AutomaticRs 18.19 lakhRs 17.79 lakh Rs 40,000

The Slavia gets the Volkswagen Group’s all-too-familiar 1.5-litre TSI four-pot engine that develops class-leading 150PS and 250Nm. Figures that are good enough to take the Slavia from 0-100kmph in 8.8 seconds, the quickest in its segment. With the mill, you get a 6-speed manual and an optional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.  

The sedan gets segment-first cylinder deactivation tech, which shuts down two cylinders under light load for increased fuel efficiency. Speaking of which, the Slavia 1.5-litre TSI MT returns 18.72kmpl, while the DCT gives you 18.41km to the litre (both claimed).

Take a look at the specification comparison between the 1-litre and 1.5-litre TSI:

 Slavia 1-litre TSISlavia 1.5-litre TSI
Engine1-litre three-cylinder1.5-litre four-cylinder
Power (PS)115PS 150PS (+35PS)
Torque (Nm)178Nm250Nm (+72Nm)
Transmission Options6-speed MT / 6-speed AT6-speed MT / 7-speed DCT
Fuel Efficiency (MT / AT)19.47kmpl / 18.07kmpl18.72kmpl / 18.41kmpl

The Slavia 1.5-litre TSI doesn’t get any features or design changes over the standard 1-litre variants. A bummer, in my opinion, as there is no way one can tell this from the stock Slavia launched on Feb 28. The Verna Turbo, for example, gets a different grille and an all-black cabin with red highlights to stand out from the rest of the lineup. 

The Skoda Slavia 1.5-litre TSI is a more powerful and pricier alternative to the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. That said, it will also have to compete with its badge-engineered sibling, the VW Virtus. Moreover, the Slavia 1.5 TSI also plugs the gap between the top-spec Slavia 1-litre TSI AT (Rs 15.39 lakh) and the base-spec Octavia Style (Rs 26.29 lakh).

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