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May 31,2013: Skoda India that has recently discontinued the Fabia hatchback in India, is now planning to launch the Octavia in October, which will replace the Laura brand. Skoda Octavia will also have the company's new logo, which will also be seen in the Skoda Rapid. The new Skoda Octavia will be offered with two engine options- 2.0-litre diesel and 1.8-litre petrol. There are also rumours that Skoda could also use the 1.4-litre petrol turbo powertrain that also does its duty to the Volkswagen Jetta. The new Octavia is based on VW group's new LMQ platform.
Skoda Laura has won the prize for being the ‘Midsize Car of the Year’ and at the Auto Bild India Golden Steering Wheel Awards 2010 as the ‘Best Variant of the Year’. This 5 seater sedan has a spectacular design that has unmatched beauty and grace that brings it at par with global standards. The car range launched in India includes petrol and diesel engines. There are eight variants of Skoda Laura are available in Indian market which are - Laura Classic 1.8 TSI, Laura Ambiente 1.8 TSI, Laura RS, Laura Ambiente 2.0 TDI MT, Laura Ambiente 2.0 TDI AT, Laura Elegance 2.0 TDI MT, Laura Elegance 2.0 TDI AT and 2.0 TDI L and K AT (Laurin & Kiement).
The newer version of Skoda Laura is recognized for its powerful engine which performs to thrill with best-in-class power with highest top seed and class leading torque for top acceleration and unique-in-class 6-speed manual transmission. All the variants have turbocharged engines, in-line, liquid cooling system, direct injection systems and are transverse in front. Perfect handling, directional stability and enhanced braking ability have always been the hallmark of every Skoda automobile and are mirrored in the new Skoda Laura as well, soaring high on the design, safety, security, comfort, and convenience aspects. Xenon curve projector headlights with dynamic levelling, 12-way electrically adjustable driver seat with programmable memory, Skoda touchscreen audio player w/ SD/MMC card reader and Dual-zone Climatronic with air are the main highlights of the Skoda Laura. The effort that has gone to make Skoda Laura an outstanding car is reflected in the design of the exterior that have alloy wheels, Chrome surround for radiator grille body color protective side door strips, body color bumpers, external mirrors, and door handles, turn indicator in external mirrors and rear mud flaps.
The interior stands apart with Chrome trim on controls for infotainment system and air conditioning, chrome trim on steering wheel and storage compartment lids on dashboard, chrome trim on front console and rear console, chrome interior door handles and gear selector knob, chrome ring on instrument cluster dials, silver alloy decor with weave design on front dashboard, centre console and door panels, dual tone Onyx-Ivory front dashboard, centre console and door panels, ivory colour upholstery, active front head restraints, Skoda Swing audio player, eight speakers, climatic-manually regulated air conditioning, odour filter and pollen filter, textile floor mats, 12V power socket in centre console, Front glovebox with cooling and illumination, bottle holders in the front doors, cup holders.
Storage compartment are present under the steering wheel, front and rear centre console, front and rear doors, storage pockets on the backrest of the front seats, coat hook on rear roof handles and B pillars alongwith jumbo box-storage compartment under front centre armrest, with cooling. The 560 litres luggage compartment space can be extended to 1420 litres of total luggage space with rear seatbacks folded. In luggage compartment, foldable baggage hook, six load anchoring points, rear seat centre armrest with through-loading.
Safety is ensured by Halogen projector headlights with manual levelling, front and rear fog lights, warning lights on front doors, automatically dimming interior rear view mirror, external mirror defogger with timer, rear windscreen defogger with timer. Parktronic sensors and speakers at rear are present. The central infotainment system has a security code. Dual front airbags, Seatbelt pre-tensioners for front seats, Driver seatbelt warning light, Height-adjustable three-point seatbelts at front and rear, Two Isofix child-seat preparations on outer rear seats, Underbody protective cover, Acoustic warning signal for overrun speed, Fuel supply cut-off in a crash, Side door protective strips, Door-open indicator, Dual-tone warning horn, Child-proof rear window and door locking. There is an Emergency triangle in the luggage compartment also.
Safety while braking is ensured by ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), MBA (Mechanical Brake Assistant), HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistant), ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) and TCS (Traction Control System) along with High level third brake light. The New Skoda Laura accelerates on these features assuring the customers a perfect driving experience. Technology makes the car utterly secure by its engine mobilizer with floating code system and lockable front glove box. One can fetch this luxury car in price range of 13 lakhs to 18 lakhs. The New Skoda Laura RS launched recently is the Rally Sports version of Skoda Laura. It is also known as Skoda Laura VRS. It is boasted as the most powerful and the fastest of the Skoda Laura variants. Safety and security features have also been taken car of quite decently.
Whether it is the original Badge 'Laurin & Klement' on front vehicle side, or the robust yet elegant line of the whole body, the exterior of Skoda Laura definitely stands apart. The alloy wheels, body colour bumper, external mirrors, and door handles give the car a dynamic look, making it appear modern and sporty. Its chrome plated front grille frame adds to the over all stylishness of the car. Skoda Laura RS inherits its looks from a sporty sedan Skoda Octavia RS. The Skoda Laura RS is sporty on the inside as well as muscular on the outside. Coupled with 160bhp under the bonnet and a 6-speed manual gearbox, the Laura RS is the quickest of the all Laura versions. With Xenon curve projector headlights , 16" Draconis sporty alloy wheels, front chrome garnishing on the radiator grille, RS badge on the front and rear lid, Sporty front and rear bumpers, integrated rear spoiler , polished exhaust pipes, turn indicators on ORVMs, headlight washers and LED position lights all join to make the new Laura RS a true sporty sedan.
The exterior dimensions of Skoda Laura are - its wheelbase is 2578mm, Length 4569 mm, Height 1485mm and Width 1769mm. Their enough ground clearance of 164mm and gross weight of 1965 kg to 2015 kg that varies on different variants. The New Skoda Laura RS is 4597mm long but has the same height, width as that of its other Laura siblings. It has a gross weight of 1965kg.
Editor's take : Skoda cars are known for their build quality and space. The Laura is no different either. The interiors and even the boot is massive and has a hatch-like opening that makes it easily accessible.
Elegance and practicality are the key features that are kept in mind while designing the cabin interior of Skoda Laura and are manifested in features such as soft-touch dashboard, which makes it a pleasure to look and operate the car. The wooden finish décor on doors, dashboard, and centre console give the interiors an elite look and an exclusive charm. The beige and onyx leather upholstery adds to the looks and make the interiors chic. The basic volume of 528 liters as luggage space can be enhanced to 1328 litre after folding the rear seats and this provides more than enough space for all that you would want to take with you on a holiday. Whereas the Skoda Laura RS has some everything sporty on the inside including Chrome ring on instrument cluster dials, Onyx front dashboard, centre console and door panels, 'RS' designed instrument panel, 'RS' badge on the steering wheel, RS logo embroidered on the front and rear backrests. The pedals of the Laura RS are also stainless steel made. The front door sills trims also have the RS logo. The RS also has a Parktronic display that is on the central infotainment system further enhancing the sporty looks of the car. The Electric sunroof with bounce-back system is a plus.
Best materials design elements in the car ensure your comfort and make you feel literally wrapped in comfort. The interior stands apart with presence of dual tone Onyx-Ivory front dashboard, centre console and door panels and ivory colour upholstery in all the variants of Skoda Laura. Silver alloy décor with weave design on front dashboard, centre console and door panel are highlight of the Ambiente models while others are fitted with wood design décor on front dashboard, centre console and door panels. Front glovebox with cooling and illumination, bottle holders in the front doors and cup holders are also equipped inside it.
The sporty sedan Skoda Laura RS has electric operated sunroof along with a bounce back system that avoids any injury. There is lumbar support adjustment option for the driver and front passengers. There are electrically operated external mirrors . The Skoda audio player comes with touchscreen controls and has six CD changer built-in. There is a large 6.5 inch LCD TFT display. Auxiliary audio input feature is also there to connect media players besides SD/MMC data card reader. There is 560 litre luggage storage space in Skoda Laura RS. There is Alcantara leather upholstery inside complementing the sporty exteriors. Leather wrapping for the steering wheel and gear knob. For the rear passengers the new Skoda Laura RS has centre armrest with storage compartment. Equally there is a ample storage space on the dashboard as well. The storage compartment between the front seats is cooled. There is also bottle and sunglass holders at the front. The multi Multi function display (MFD) displays a variety of information including Travelling time, Average speed, Distance travelled, fuel consumption (Average), fuel consumption (Immediate), Total distance traveled before refuelling , Outside temperature, clock and the Service Interval. There is also tyre pressure monitor on the new Skoda Laura RS.
Skoda Laura is spacious with maximum legroom space of 82cm and minimum of 52cm and the headroom space is 92cm.
Editor's take : The acceleration of the petrol Laura is brutal. Even of the automatic version of the diesel that produces a whooping 140bhp.
The pick up of engine is smooth and it accelerates fast specially the diesel engine that shows bags of performance though with a bit of noise. All the variants offer acceleration of 100kph in 8.17sec and top speed of 223Km/h except 2.0 TDI A/T L&K which offers acceleration of 100kph in 11.07sec and top speed of 207Km/h . The new Skoda Laura RS has 0-100 kmph acceleration of 11.8 seconds.
Editor's take : Both the engines on the Laura are fantastic. The 138bhp diesel comes mated to a six-speed dual clutch transmission, which makes it effortless to drive and you do not miss the manual transmission. The 1.8-litre turbo petrol is another phenomenal engine. The Laura with the petrol engine is definitely a good affordable performance vehicle to procure.
The smooth transmission and the thrilling pickup are among the many reasons why people seek Skoda Laura. Skoda Laura is available in three engine options and levels, Skoda Laura Laurin and Klement, Skoda Laura Elegance, Skoda Laura Ambiente, Skoda Laura Classic and Skoda Laura RS as per engine types. 1.8 TSI 4V 1798cc is turbocharged petrol engine with in-line, liquid cooling system, direct injection, 16V DOHC, transverse in front and delivers power of 160bhp@4500–6200rpm. 2.0 TDI PD 4V 1986cc is turbocharged diesel engine present in both Ambiente and Elegance models. It has a turbocharger with self-aligning blades, in-line, liquid cooling system, high-pressure direct injection system, OHC, transverse in front and delivers power of 110bhp@4200rpm. 2.0 TDI A/T L&K 4V 1968cc diesel engine delivers a power of 140bhp@4000rpm and a maximum torque of 320Nm @1750-2500rpm. Transmission in all is of Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive type with Manual & Automatic Gear Box 5 Speed and 6 speed. 2.0 TDI PD and 2.0 TDI P engines also have automatic 6-speed, DSG, with Tiptronic manual gear changing. The design ensures minimum transfer of vibrations and noise from the engine to the interior.
Editor's take : The Skoda diesels are always known for their high fuel economy and Laura carries the legacy forward.
The engines of the Skoda Laura models instantly feels lively. They are responsive, eager and ready to leap into a gap in traffic or move away rapidly from a set of lights.The body shape has been designed with the aim of reducing the air resistance coefficient; as a result the fuel consumption is reduced and you get better mileage. Skoda Laura engine gives a mileage of 9.8kpl in city and 14kmpl on highway for all except 2.0 TDI L&K that gives mileage of 10.1kpl in city and 14kmpl on highway . The Laura engines are endowed with electronically controlled direct injection system. Skoda Laura RS with a 160bhp engine under the hood delivering 250Nm at 1500-4500 rpm delivers a mileage of 13.4 kmpl.
Editor's take : The power on the Laura petrol and diesel is good in the real world and also on the paper.
The intervals between the gears in the five-speed or six speed fully synchronised manual and automatic gearbox for the Skoda Laura are suitably harmonised with the characteristics of the engines on offer. This ensures less fuel consumption and more power. Skoda Laura is available with three different powered engines. There is 1.8 TSI 4V 1798cc, turbocharged petrol engine that delivers power of 160bhp at 4500–6200rpm and maximum torque of 250Nm at 1500~4500rpm . While the diesel variants of Skoda Laura is powered by the 2.0 TDI 4V 1986cc, turbocharged diesel engine present in both Ambiente and Elegance models delivers power of 110bhp at 4200rpm and maximum torque of 250Nm at 1500-2500rpm . Another more powerful version of Skoda Laura - 2.0L TDI L and K AT is powered by 2.0L, 1968cc, 4V diesel engine with automatic transmission gearbox that delivers maximum power of 140bhp at 4000rpm with a maximum torque of 320Nm at 1750-2500 rpm . The Skoda Laura RS has a 1.8L TSI (Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Injection) petrol engine with variable valve timing. This specially tuned engine produces a maximum power of 160bhp at 4500-6200rpm and a maximum torque of 250Nm at 1500-4500 rpm.
Editor's take : The Laura L&K gets features like xenon headlamps, in-built touchscreen system, steering mounted audio controls, leather upholstery.
Skoda Swing audio player, eight speakers, climatic-manually regulated air conditioning, odour filter and pollen filter, textile floor mats, 12V power socket in centre console are fitted in this luxury sedan. The Skoda Laura RS has touchscreen controls on the audio players, AUX in facility, six-CD changer and SD/MMC reader.
Editor's take : The ride and handling of the Laura is fantastic is definitely one of the best in its segment. Even the feel of the steering wheel is great as it inspires confidence.
The hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system vacuum assisted with Dual Rate system is present in Skoda Laura. The front brakes have disc brakes with inner cooling, with single/piston floating caliper and rear has disc brakes. Safety while braking is ensured by ABS (Anti-lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), MBA (Mechanical Brake Assistant), HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assistant), ASR (Anti Slip Regulation) and TCS (Traction Control System) along with High level third brake light. The Skoda Laura RS has the same braking system along with TPM (Tyre Pressure Monitoring)
Editor's take : The Laura gets dual air bags, ABS and the top of the line is also offered with ESP.
In addition to the robust, safe body, a number of latest safety elements have been incorporated in the design of the Skoda Laura. Direct rack and pinion steering with electro mechanic power steering makes car easy to handle. Safety is ensured by Halogen projector headlights with manual levelling, front and rear fog lights, warning lights on front doors, automatically dimming interior rear view mirror , external mirror defogger with timer , rear windscreen defogger with timer. Parktronic sensors and speakes at rear are present. The central infotainment system has a security code. Dual front airbags , Seatbelt pre-tensioners for front seats, Driver seatbelt warning light, Height-adjustable three-point seatbelts at front and rear, Two Isofix child-seat preparations on outer rear seats, Underbody protective cover, Acoustic warning signal for overrun speed , Fuel supply cut-off in a crash, Side door protective strips, Door-open indicator, Dual-tone warning horn, Child-proof rear window and door locking. There is an Emergency triangle in the luggage compartment also. In addition to the security features in other Laura variants the Skoda Laura RS has side airbags at the front, remote entry with a foldable key, remote operation of window, electric sunroof, door and boot lid locks and door mirrors.
The tyre dimensions are dissimilar for all the variants of the model Skoda Laura. These are 205/55 R16 on the Laura Elegance, Laura Laurin & Klement. The Laura Classic has 195/65/ R15 tyres. 15inch Alloy wheels are present on Laura Classic and Ambiente while 6.5Jx16 wheels are there on Elegance and Laurin and Klement. The Skoda Laura RS has 16 inch Draconis all alloy wheels.
Stylish sporty Look, Dashing Interiors
Less rear leg room