The Slavia is powered by the same engine options as the Kushaq. So you have a 1.0-litre and a 1.5-litre TSI engine, as well as manual and automatic transmission options.
The 1.0-litre TSI engine is available with either a six-speed manual or a torque converter automatic transmission. With 114bhp and 175Nm on tap, the Slavia feels lively enough for everyday driving. The response is swift, and overtaking traffic is a breeze. The 1.0-litre TSI is refined as well, and with 175Nm of torque available from low in the power range, it goes about its job patiently.
Try heavy stepping it, and you'll notice the three-cylinder engine running out of steam. Revving this engine isn't a pleasurable experience, and it excels at low and mid-range performance.
We've seen this engine in the Polo and the Kushaq, and it feels the same in the Slavia. Skoda promises a 0-100 kmph speed of 10.7 seconds.
At higher RPM, the finesse begins to fade and the engine takes on a harsh tone. The Slavia's naturally aspirated engine isn't as rev-happy as the Honda City's, which revs like there's no tomorrow. Those wanting for extra power might always opt for the 1.5-litre engine.
The six-speed manual transmission performs admirably. Shifts are positive, and throws are short and athletic. The clutch pedal is firm but progressive.
The Slavia also has stop/start technology, which Skoda claims improves fuel efficiency. The Slavia claims to get 18.07kmpl, which is impressive, but anticipate the stats to drop under typical driving circumstances.
1.5 litre DSG
The 1.5-litre engine seems like a whole different beast after the 1.0-litre TSI. The larger engine seems a lot more eager and polished right away. The Slavia has enough of power to play with, with 150bhp and 250Nm. The seven-speed DSG transmission keeps the engine right on the button, allowing for very fast progress.
Skoda claims a 0-100kmph time of 8.8 seconds, which is in the realm of entry-level sports cars. In-gear acceleration is fantastic, and one is never disappointed in terms of performance.
According to Skoda, the engine not only promises thrilling performance, but it is also fuel-efficient. Along with Start/Stop and Active Cylinder Technology, which automatically shuts down two cylinders when the car is not in use, the claimed fuel economy number sits at 18.41 kmpl, which is excellent but will be confirmed in our road test.