Skoda Slavia vs rivals: engine specs and dimensions compared


Skoda has just revealed the production-spec Slavia sedan ahead of its launch in early 2022. The Slavia is the brand’s second model under the India 2.0 project and a much-needed replacement for the ageing Rapid. Skoda has also opened bookings for the Slavia today, with customer deliveries set to commence in the first quarter of 2022. Here's how it compares against other sedans in this segment, including the outgoing Skoda Rapid.

  • Skoda Slavia considerably larger than Rapid, smaller only than Honda City
  • Powered by 115hp, 1.0-litre TSI and 150hp, 1.5-litre TSI engines
  • Transmission choices include 6-speed manual, 6-speed auto and 7-speed DSG

Skoda Slavia vs rivals: how big is it?

Skoda Slavia vs rivals: dimensions
Skoda Slavia Skoda Rapid Honda City Maruti Ciaz Hyundai Verna Volkswagen Vento
Length 4541mm 4413mm 4549mm 4490mm 4440mm 4390mm
Width 1752mm 1699mm 1748mm 1730mm 1729mm 1699mm
Height 1487mm 1466mm 1489mm 1485mm 1475mm 1467mm
Wheelbase 2651mm 2552mm 2600mm 2650mm 2600mm 2553mm
Wheel size 16-inch 16-inch 16-inch 16-inch 16-inch 16-inch
Boot space 521 litres 460 litres 506 litres 510 litres 480 litres 494 litres

The first thing to note about the Slavia is that it’s a big car. The Slavia is 4,541mm long, 1,752mm wide, 1,487mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,651mm, which incidentally is identical to that of the Kushaq, as both models are based on the same MQB-A0-IN platform.

Compared to the outgoing Rapid, the new Slavia is 128mm longer, 53mm wider, 21mm taller and has a 99mm longer wheelbase. The Slavia is the widest sedan in this segment and it also has the longest wheelbase. This should ideally translate to good shoulder and leg room on the inside.

The Slavia narrowly misses out from being the longest sedan in this class, as that title goes to the Honda City which is just 8mm longer. The Slavia's size is more exaggerated when compared to the VW Vento, which is the shortest sedan in this segment  151mm shorter than the Slavia. The Slavia is also among the taller sedans in this class, along with the Honda City, and that should also translate to good headroom. Meanwhile, all sedans here ride on a set of 16-inch alloy wheels in their top-spec form.

In terms of boot space, the Slavia comes out on top with its 521 litre capacity, while the Rapid has the least amount (460 litres). 

Skoda Slavia vs rivals: engine, powertrain comparison

Skoda Slavia vs rivals: engine and gearbox
Skoda Slavia Skoda Rapid Honda City Maruti Ciaz Hyundai Verna Volkswagen Vento
Engine type 3 cyl turbo-petrol/4 cyl turbo-petrol 3-cyl turbo-petrol 4 cyl naturally aspirated 4 cyl naturally aspirated 4 cyl naturally aspirated/3-cyl turbo-petrol 3-cyl turbo-petrol
Displacement 999cc/1498cc 999cc 1498cc 1462cc 1497cc/998cc 999cc
Power 115hp/150hp 110hp 121hp 105hp 115hp/120hp 110hp
Torque 175Nm/250Nm 175mm 145Nm 138Nm 144Nm/172Nm 175mm
Manual gearbox 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed 5-speed 6-speed 6-speed
Automatic gearbox 6-speed torque converter/7-speed DSG 6-speed torque converter 7-step CVT 4-speed torque converter 8-step CVT/7-speed DCT 6-speed torque converter

Just like the outgoing Rapid, the Slavia is a petrol-only model, powered by a pair of TSI turbo-petrol engines. The 1.0-litre TSI  engine that has been carried forward from the Rapid, produces 5hp more in the Slavia, with torque figures remaining the same. A key difference to note here is that rivals like the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz are offered only with a naturally aspirated petrol engine, while the Verna gets a turbo-petrol and a naturally aspirated petrol engine.

In terms of power and torque, the base 1.0-litre engine is already more powerful than the outgoing Rapid, the Vento and the Ciaz, and is identical to the naturally aspirated engine on the Verna. It is, however, 5hp down on the turbo-petrol engine of the Verna and 6hp down on the City’s 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine. That said, the Slavia is the torqueist of the lot, thanks to turbo charging. Notably, although the Ciaz is the least powerful, it is the only sedan to feature a mild-hybrid system.

However, the Slavia has some real bragging rights with its larger 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo–petrol engine. With 150hp and 250Nm, this engine is considerably more powerful than every other engine in this class, and also has the most amount of torque. Compared to the next most powerful sedan, which is the Honda City, the Slavia's 1.5-litre engine has 29hp more. It should really be the performance benchmark in this segment.

In terms of gearbox options, all sedans are offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox, although the Ciaz only gets a 5-speed unit. For the automatic gearbox, the Slavia 1.0 gets a torque converter unit just like the outgoing Rapid, Vento and Ciaz, while the City gets a CVT gearbox. Meanwhile, the Hyundai Verna is offered with a CVT gearbox with its naturally aspirated engine and is also the only other sedan in this class to be offered with a dual-clutch transmission (7-speed) along with the Skoda Slavia (8-speed) – both with their more powerful turbo-petrol engines.

It’s also worth noting that the Honda City and Hyundai Verna are also offered with a 1.5-litre diesel engine, although that has been left out of this comparison as most other sedans are petrol-only models.

So that's how the all-new Skoda Slavia compares against its competition on paper. However, only a proper on-road comparison will determine if it has enough to overcome its rivals. Stay tuned.

Also See:

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Skoda Slavia prototype review, test drive

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