Third gear: What higher solution to get pleasure from a handbook than on twisty mountain roads? Right here is our weekend with the Slavia.

Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of Skoda Slavias bought are computerized variants, as clients demand extra comfort and ease of use of their day-to-day work. However if you happen to drive Mahabaleshwar recurrently, like me, you may want the handbook. My first stint with the 1.5 Slavia since becoming a member of our long-term fleet jogged my memory that nothing beats the connection and intimacy you get with a handbook.

Slick 6-speed has a brief stroke and makes shifting enjoyable.

It is the easy pleasure of with the ability to push the engine to redline with out a pc deciding when it is time to kick into excessive gear, to indulge within the misplaced artwork of heel and toe each downshift, or simply flick via the door of the 6-speed gearbox. Granted, lots of vehicles nonetheless have handbook transmissions, however the way in which the world goes, they could go away, so it is best to make the most of them when you nonetheless can. And there isn’t any higher place to get pleasure from a handbook than on a twisty highway, which is why I referred to as dibs on the Slavia when a weekend within the hills beckoned me.

Complementing the 6-speed handbook gearbox, the 150hp, 1.5-litre turbo petrol is definitely the center and soul of the Slavia. It is a completely sensible engine that has a punchy mid-range and a powerful high finish, which, along with the excessive gearing of the 6-speed handbook, offers the Slavia the power to chow down on miles with out breaking a sweat.

1.5 turbo-petrol packs immense punch and can be fairly easy.

The Slavia 1.5 is a leggy automobile, and 100 km/h – the pace restrict on the Mumbai-Pune freeway – equates to a lazy 2,000 rpm in sixth gear. Third gear, good for 100mph, is an effective passing instrument, and at cruising speeds the gears fall effectively into the meat of the 1.5 engine’s powerband. Just a little flex of the proper foot is all it takes to get the Slavia shifting ahead and that additional energy makes the 1.5 Slavia an excellent freeway automobile. It is even higher on a winding highway.

The 11km experience up the Wai Ghat to Panchgani was an absolute blast. Switching between second and third gear, and infrequently all the way in which to first for tighter hairpins, to maintain the 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine simmering was a weekend’s price of leisure in simply quarter-hour. It isn’t simply the highly effective engine and easy gearbox that make the Slavia so enjoyable to drive, it is also the straightforward and predictable dealing with. The suspension is rather well tuned and excellent for the bumpy roads round Mahabaleshwar.

Low-rpm turbo lag requires frequent shifting.

Driving in hills additionally exposes one of many 1.5 Slavia’s weaknesses – turbo lag. As a result of excessive gearing, the engine pace tends to drop. And so at low revs there’s a little bit of turbo lag and you find yourself downshifting and utilizing the gearbox incessantly, which actually is not a nasty factor. It is unhealthy for gas effectivity and that spirited drive kick comes at a worth. The Slavia gave 8.8 kpl on these mountain roads, which dropped the general common to 11.2 kpl. It isn’t nice however not unhealthy by turbo-petrol requirements.

The cabin lacks the European really feel of earlier Skodas.

Talking of requirements, dig into the cabin and it is clear the match and end is not as much as German ranges. Among the materials are beginning to look scruffy and the woven roof liner additionally seems worse for put on. However the second you press the clutch and put your proper foot down, you may neglect what you had been grumbling about. It truly is an entertaining automobile.

Additionally see:

Skoda Slavia 1.5 TSI Lengthy Time period Assessment, First Report

Skoda Slavia 1.5 TSI long run assessment, second report

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