Skoda Auto India Private Limited is one of the most admired and formidable car makers in the Indian car market since year, 2001. The company has launched some very beautiful and luxurious sedans in the country and one of the most stylish and reliable in the model lineup is Skoda New Laura. The car was first introduced in the Indian car market way back in year, 2005 and since then have been doing impressive business for the company. This luxury sedan is being sold with both petrol and diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Looking at the success of this elegant sedan, the company has recently added a new automatic variant to the already existing range of trims. This automatic trim has been launched in the Ambition variant and has some very interesting safety and comfort features in it. The Skoda New Laura 1.8 TSI Ambition is extremely beautiful to look at and has been blessed with exceptionally captivating features. The designers of this graceful sedan have also worked very hard on the interiors and made the car very comfortable and premium. The interiors have been done up with a lavishness that makes this automatic variant a very attractive deal for the customers. This car comes with many comfort features comprising of the Skoda Swing audio system, power steering wheel, power windows, effective air conditioning with heater, height adjustable front seats and more . The company has endowed this model with many safety features as well, which keep the car and the car occupants safe and sound in case of an accident or collision.
This entry level Skoda New Laura 1.8 TSI Active trim has a sturdy body structure with an attractive body line. The overall frame is sleek and gives the sedan a smooth and flowing side profile, which makes it look truly charismatic. The front fascia of this Skoda New Laura 1.8 TSI Active model is enigmatic yet looks very cultured owing to the chrome trim and surrounds on the radiator grille, which comes flanked by a set of large headlamps fitted with powerful Halogen projector lights and coupled to a manual levelling mechanism. The side profile has body colored external rear view mirrors along with door handles and protective side door strips also are dipped in body colour. The pronounced and neatly carved out wheel arches have been given a new set of 16 inch light alloy wheels of size 6.5 J x 16 inches, which are further covered with sturdy tubeless radial tyres of size 205/55 R16, which have a superior road grip. On the whole, the car’s appearance is top-notch and steals your heart with its elegance and sophistication.
The interiors of this Skoda New Laura 1.8 TSI Ambition variant have been done up with style and elan. The seating arrangement is comfortable and provides ample leg room along with apt head and shoulder space as well. The ride comes with high quality and modish interiors, which boast of contemporary designing. The wooden interior décor present in the car is very attractive. The hints of chrome on the inner door handles give a feel of lavishness and comfort and the dual tone Onyx-Ivory upholstery for the seats increases the sense of space and airiness in the car. The positioning of the technologically advanced features is also one of the best things done by the company.
The comfort level in Skoda New Laura 1.8 TSI Ambition will not disappoint you at all. The car comes with height adjustment system for the driver’s and the front co-passenger's seats, front centre armrest (adjustable for length and height) and rear seat centre armrest. Furthermore, manually regulated air conditioning is accompanied by adjustable rear air conditioning vents on rear centre console, rear air conditioning vents under front seats, odour filter and pollen filter. The AC is very efficient and cools the car down in a matter of a few minutes. Leather wrapped power steering, gear-shift knob and hand-brake lever add on a bit more luxury to it. The bounce back system fitted in the power windows, too, is very impressive . This car model also comes with Multi Function Display (MFD) of travelling time, average speed, distance travelled, average consumption, immediate consumption, travel distance before re-fuelling, outside temperature, service interval, clock, gear change indicator , reading lamps at the front and rear, light of cabin storage spaces including front glove box and compartment in front centre console and lighting for luggage compartment with two boot lamps. Besides all of this, there are many other comfort features present in Skoda New Laura 1.8 TSI Ambition that makes this elegant sedan, a fabulous proposition for the buyers.
Under the bonnet, this Skoda New Laura 1.8 TSI Ambition comes with a 1.8-litre, in-line, liquid cooled, direct injection, 16V, DOHC (dual overhead cam shaft) , transverse in front based turbocharged petrol engine. This engine has a displacement of 1798cc and can churn out a maximum of 157.81bhp at 4500 to 6200 rpm besides producing maximum torque of 250Nm at 1500 to 4500 rpm. This impressive sedan has now been equipped with a 7-speed DSG (direct shift gear box) , tiptronic automatic transmission, which also helps in generating a peppy pick up along with better mileage. The company claims that this latest automatic variant can generate a healthy mileage of 14.6 kmpl . This engine is also compliant with Bharat Stage – IV and is lesser on the emission levels.
Braking and Handling
The braking and handling of this Skoda New Laura 1.8 TSI Ambition automatic trim is rather good and makes sure that the drive is stable and smooth for the passengers. The braking system of this luxurious sedan is a hydraulic dual diagonal circuit , vacuum assisted braking system integrated with dual rate system for the front wheels, while the rear end gets powerful disc brakes. The handling of the car pushes to perfection with the presence of a smooth and responsive power steering wheel and a sophisticated suspension system. The front axle of this Skoda New Laura 1.8 TSI Ambition has a McPherson strut type of a mechanism with lower triangular links and a torsion stabiliser, while the rear axle gets a multi-element axle with one longitudinal and three transverse links with a similar torsion stabilizer type of a mechanism.
The list of these highly significant and crucial safety aspects comprises of Halogen projector headlights with manual leveling, fog lamps (front and rear), ABS (anti lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brake-force distribution) and brake assist . Furthermore, the traction control system, with anti-slip regulation, prevents the car from skidding. To add on to the technology in the safety department, this Skoda New Laura 1.8 TSI Ambition automatic variant also comes with a Parktronic speaker at rear, dual front airbags for the driver and front co-passenger, active front head restraints,seatbelt pre-tensioners for front seats, under-body protective cover, rough road package, acoustic warning signal for overrun speed and much more.
Stunning exteriors, luxurious interiors loaded with features.
High ownership cost and mileage can be made better.