Skoda Laura Variants
Editorial Test Drive Review of Skoda Laura
In 2009 Skoda launched the face-lifted Laura. It was also the first time that Skoda offered a petrol engine with the Laura in India along with a diesel. Recently Skoda had launched the Laura vRS marking it as the sportiest variant in the Laura range. The design of the Laura is clean and muscular with typical Skoda styling which means everyone knows from a distance away that you are driving a Skoda! We like the 16 inch alloys and the grille. The Laura vRS however completely different from the other Laura's and is by far the sportiest in the range. The vRS looks unlike any other Skoda especially in this 'Sprint yellow' colour. The changes to the exterior include a new sports bumper with integrated spoiler , 16 inch alloys , polished twin exhausts , rear deck spoiler and LED lights at the front.
Pros: Excellent build quality , Fantastic engines , Excellent ride quality, Spacious interior
Cons: Dealerships After sales, High price (L&K), vRS just a cosmetic job, Lack of rear visibility
Skoda Laura Interiors
Unbreakable is a word that you can describe the cabin of the Laura, everything feels that it would last more than 100 years or so. The materials used are top-quality and you feel great in this cabin. The design is safe and not futuristic but its functional. The buttons are logically laid out and the steering wheel is typically Skoda. In the top versions, the L&K and Elegance, you get wood on the dash, centre console and door panels which lift the cabin ambience. The lower spec Active and Ambition varaints do not get that though. As is often the case, the L&K gets leather upholstery also. The Laura vRS does not get beige or wood instead you get Alcantara/leather sports seats that look and feel great. The interior colour is black and the whole cabin has a sporty feel that matches perfectly with the personality of the car. Space is very good at the front and at the rear its along with the class. When it comes to equipment the vRS and the L&K get a brilliant touch screen audio system and a 6.5inch LCD TFT colour display. The sound quality is awesome to say the least! One thing we missed were the steering wheel controls which are only on offer in the L&K and not even on the vRS! Other than the Active all other variants get rear air con vents. The boot at 560 ltrs is massive and swallows all your luggage. Overall the interior lives up to the Skoda name for quality.
Skoda Laura Interiors Details
Skoda Laura Boot space
Skoda Laura all the variants including the Laura 2.0 TDI CR , 1.8TSI, 1.9 PD all has 560 litres of boot space and 1430 litres of boot space with seats folded. In simpler words the boot space is huge in the car.
Skoda Laura Speedometer
Laura has a analogue speedometer and a tachometer along with multifunction digital display at the centre of the two metres.
Skoda Laura Gear lever
Laura has a Leather wrapped gear-shift selector which is well within the reach of the driver which helps him to shift gears without much effort.
Skoda Laura Cup holders
All the variants of the Skoda Laura has Cup holder present in both the front and the back of the car.
Skoda Laura Exteriors
Skoda gave the Laura a facelift in 2009 to make it fresher and compete against the likes of the Honda Civic, the VW Jetta and Corolla Altis. The biggest change is the front-end. The headlamps are more sharper and curved, plus the ridge in the bonnet give it more presence. The Laura looks like the earlier gen from the back though and you can see nothing much has changed. The Laura has a wheelbase of 2578 mm which means its a full size sedan. The design of the Laura is clean and muscular with typical Skoda styling which means everyone knows from a distance away that you are driving a Skoda! We like the 16 inch alloys and the grille. The Laura vRS however completely different from the other Laura\\\'s and is by far the sportiest in the range. The vRS looks unlike any other Skoda especially in this \\\'Sprint yellow\\\' colour. The changes to the exterior include a new sports bumper with integrated spoiler , 16 inch alloys , polished twin exhausts , rear deck spoiler and LED lights at the front. Ofcourse there are vRS badges everywhere and you get some stunning looking colours to choose from. Along with this yellow there is a \\\'race blue\\\' as well which marks out the vRS. Overall though if you want to make a statement there is no other car in this price bracket that has so much presence as the Laura vRS. The Laura is a great design and the build quality is typically Skoda ie. Great. Everything feels solid and the doors close with a \\\'thud\\\'. The paint quality is fantastic as well.
Skoda Laura Exteriors Details
Skoda Laura Front design
The new SKODA Laura comes with new design features that hint at its sporty side. A strong shoulder line optically lifts the car, highlighting its broad shoulders. A bold swage line along the entire lower side, combined with the thick lower sills emphasize a look of stability.
Skoda Laura Rear design
New tail lamp with chrome central insert and a refined looking back adds to the good look of the car.
Skoda Laura Side profile
The side profile of the car looks vey stylish and sporty.
Skoda Laura Ground Clearance
Skoda Laura has 164 mm of ground clearance present in the car.
Skoda Laura Engine & Performance
Everyone thinks Skoda\\\'s make only diesel! Blame their brilliant diesels for that. The Laura features two diesel engine variants and one petrol engine. The automatic Ambition, Elegance and L&K get the 140 Bhp diesel and the manual Ambition and Elegance get the 110 Bhp diesel.The 1.8 TSI 160 Bhp petrol is available in Active, Ambition or vRS spec. Both the diesels are great. Performance is smooth and turbo lag is kept at minimum. The 140 Bhp ofcourse feels quick but the 110 Bhp engine still feels reasonably quick. Another reason for the good performance is the 5-speed manual box with the 110 Bhp diesel, its precise and is well spread over the power-band. The 140 Bhp diesel has an automatic 6-speed, DSG, with Tiptronic manual gear changing. The shifts are quick and buttery smooth and make driving easy.
The 1.8 TSI is brilliant too! The 1.8 turbocharged petrol engine makes 160 Bhp and has huge amounts of power and torque. The acceleration is not ferocious or very sharp , instead it\\\'s all in one big shove at the back and the Laura vRS accelerates like a train with speed build-up being smooth and you are not even aware that you are already doing big speeds. What is also great is that you don\\\'t have to rev it to get the best out of it. There is ample torque of 250 Nm available too , which means so you are never short of power at anytime and the performance is easily accessible. However other than the engine , what I like about the vRS is the gearbox. The gearbox is a delight as well as the 6-speed manual is smooth to operate and shifts are crisp and precise.
Skoda Laura Engine and Performance Details
Skoda Laura Acceleration
Laura reaches 0-60 in 4.8 seconds and 0-100 in about 10.31seconds which is quite impressive for a car of this size.
Skoda Laura Top speed
Skoda Laura when tested clocked a top speed of 115kmpl whereas the speedo showed 120km in it.
Skoda Laura In-gear acceleration
Type 6 speed manual. Fully synchronized Gear ratio - 1st gear 3.78 Gear ratio - 2nd gear 2.06 Gear ratio - 3rd gear 1.45 Gear ratio - 4th gear 1.11 Gear ratio - 5th gear 0.88 Gear ratio - 6th gear 0.73
Skoda Laura Gearbox
The gearbox is DSG 6 speed automatic and power delivery ratio is excellent. The 6-speed DSG with Tiptronic manual shifts was bang on the money, responding not just quickly but intelligently to the engine revs and the throttle position to deliver a fuel efficient car.
Skoda Laura Mileage and Running Costs
ThLaura has a petrol and a diesel engine on offer. The petrol makes 160 bhp from 1.8 tsi motor and delivers 13 kmpl ARAI in mileage. The diesel which is available in both manual and automatic gearboxes gives 18 in automatic version and 20 kmpl in manual version. The diese manual thus is the most efficient.
Skoda Laura Mileage View full detail
|Skoda Laura Petrol Variants|
|Skoda Laura 1.8 TSI Classic||13.37 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura 1.8 TSI Active||13.4 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura 1.8 TSI Ambiente||13.37 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura 1.8 TSI Ambition||13.8 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura TSI Ambition AT||14.6 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura RS||13.4 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura Diesel Variants|
|Skoda Laura Ambiente||--|
|Skoda Laura Elegance MT||--|
|Skoda Laura L&K AT||--|
|Skoda Laura L&K MT||--|
|Skoda Laura 1.9 TDI Ambiente MT||20.04 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura 1.9 TDI Ambiente AT||18.33 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura 1.9 TDI Elegance MT||20.04 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura 1.9 TDI Elegance AT||18.33 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura 2.0 TDI L&K AT||18.3 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura 2.0 TDI Ambition MT||20 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura 2.0 TDI Ambition AT||18.3 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura 2.0 TDI Elegance MT||20 kmpl|
|Skoda Laura 2.0 TDI Elegance AT||18.3 kmpl|
Skoda Laura Mileage Details
Skoda Laura City fuel economy
Laura returns 11.5kmpl in the city.
Skoda Laura Highway fuel economy
Skoda Laura returns 18 kmpl in the highway which is quite reasonable for a car of this size.
Skoda Laura ARAI rated economy
Skoda Laura ARAI rated Mileage on all the variants Fuel Diesel (ARAI Specified) 13.1 Kmpl Skoda Laura 2.0 TDI CR (AT) Fuel Petrol (ARAI Specified) 12.5 Kmpl Skoda Laura 1.8 TSI Fuel Petrol (ARAI Specified) 16.4 Kmpl Skoda Laura 1.9 PD
Skoda Laura Tank Range
The tank range of the Skoda Laura will return about 660 - 720kms approx depends upon the variant.
Skoda Laura Handling Braking & Safety
The handling of the Laura is very good too especially the vRS with the bigger tyres. Grip is very good though in the vRS the suspension is too soft for my liking-its a sporty car after all! However, that said, as an everyday performance car, users will really appreciate the way the suspension does its job. The steering of the Laura is very direct and there is no slackness. It is light at low speeds and delightfully weighs up at high speeds. We like it! The high speed stability of the Laura is good and you feel confident putting it through its paces.
Skoda Laura Handling, Braking & Safety Details
Skoda Laura Handling
The body control is generally very good, apart from over long-wave undulations, when the extra weight of the engine block up front can set the cars nose nodding a bit. The electro-mechanical steering is among the best weve experienced and its only the extra mass of the 2.0 TDi unit that tends to blunt its responses over the petrol engine a bit. There is some stiffness at lower speeds though.
Skoda Laura Braking performance
Laura has Hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system vacuum assisted with Dual Rate system. The car can stop from 100kmph to a stand still in just 3.08 seconds.
Skoda Laura Safety features
Parktronic sensors probe the space around the front and rear of the car to determine the presence of obstacles. TPM (Tyre Pressure Monitoring) continuously monitors the air pressure in the individual tyres and prevents critical situations by providing timely warning of pressure loss in any of the tyres. The new SKODA Laura comes with Six Airbags including dual front airbags, the front seats with WOKS (Whiplash Optimised Head Restraints). The photo sensors which detect the intensity of light inci
Skoda Laura ABS
ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) prevents the vehicle from skidding and are present in all the variants of the Laura.
Skoda Laura Traction control
The traction control system is also standard equipment in all the variants of the Skoda Laura.
Skoda Laura Comfort & Suspension
The Laura has got MacPherson struts up front and multi-link at the rear . The ride is very good and the Laura just glides over the potholes and rough roads. The refinement levels are also very good - the suspension and road noise hardly intrudes into the cabin. The stablity at high speeds is also great. Even the vRS which is a sporty car rides very well! Going over the rough stuff and not once does the Laura touch its underbelly.
Skoda Laura Comfort & Suspension Details
Skoda Laura Comfort
Comfort envelopes you as soon as you step into the new SKODA Laura. Settle in for an exceptional drive with completely customizable settings. The front seats can be electrically heated to keep passengers warm even in the coldest conditions. The Cruise Control System maintains a constant speed and eliminates the need to constantly put pressure on the accelerator pedal.
Skoda Laura Front suspension
Laura has McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabiliser at the front for the smoothest ride. The bright side is, the suspension setup works really well. The vRS ability to soak up the odd ripple.
Skoda Laura Rear suspension
The car has Multi-element axle, with one longitudinal and three transverse links, with torsion stabiliser at the back so the passengers at the back seat of the car gets the smoothest ride in any terrain.
Skoda Laura Specifications
|Mileage Highway||17.5 kmpl|
|Mileage City||12 kmpl|
|Mileage Overall||12.8 kmpl|
Wheels & Tyres
|Wheel Size||15 x 6.5 inch|
Skoda Laura Features
|Skoda Laura||1.8 TSI Classic||1.8 TSI Active||1.8 TSI Ambiente||1.8 TSI Ambition||TSI Ambition AT||RS||Ambiente||Elegance MT||L&K AT||L&K MT||1.9 TDI Ambiente MT||1.9 TDI Ambiente AT||1.9 TDI Elegance MT||1.9 TDI Elegance AT||2.0 TDI L&K AT||2.0 TDI Ambition MT||2.0 TDI Ambition AT||2.0 TDI Elegance MT||2.0 TDI Elegance AT|
Skoda Laura Price
The ex showroom price of Skoda Laura ranges from Rs 10.68 Lakh to Rs 17.66 Lakh. Skoda Laura is available in 19 variants. To find the on road price of Skoda Laura you need to click on the check on road price.
Skoda Laura has 6 Petrol variant(s), 13 Diesel variant(s), the cheapest variant is Skoda Laura 1.8 TSI Classic which has a Petrol engine, and starts at Rs 12.58 Lakh, the most expensive variant is Skoda Laura 2.0 TDI Elegance AT which has a Diesel engine and is for Rs 17.66 Lakh .
Skoda Laura News
Skoda Laura Reviews
By Nikhil Madgavkar Posted on Aug,08,24 10:10 PM
Pros great looks , 2.0L engine
Cons stiff rear seats,Sun-roof missing
The New version of Laura was launched in MAY 2009 , I had planned way back in April to buy a Skoda Laura L&K the phased out model , heard rumors about the new face lifted Laura, did my research ,found pictures on the net ,thought it was worth the wait , when the car was launched to my surprise the L&K was launched with a 2.0 L engine , found in the superb as well.I went ahead and bought it for a whopping price difference about 3 lacs more than the earlier one. Let me take you through the features of the car EngineLaura L&K has a massive 2.0 diesel engine , which is also found in the Audi A4 , the Volkswagen Passat & the Superb, don't believe me open the bonnet and see for yourself .Gives you a power of 140 bhp , you can rev this engine to 180 easily on the expressway , of course in Mumbai you wouldn't get that road to drive. Gear shiftSince the Laura comes only with the automatic 6 speed DSG , again found in the Volkswagen ,makes driving becomes a pleasure , and for those you can't get manual out of their system , it has the tiptronic gear system , wear you can switch the gear pattern to manual and with just a push or pull you can switch gears. Music system Has a 6.5 Inch LCD touch screen with a 6 CDMP3 changer , with SD card and AUX for an option , AUX is also conveniently placed under the arm rest , assuring that there are no hanging wires.You also have a TIM(Traffic Information Monitoring) system , which really doesn't help in India. SafetyThe car has around 6 airbags for safety , including the curtain airbag, has ESP( electronics stability program) , which takes care of the car on slippery road drive or at any steep curves .The ESP is a package which contains , ABS( ANti-lock braking system) ,TCS(Traction control system) , ANti slip regulation and much more , but you have an option to switch the same OFF. This one comes with a head light washer , which is only activated when you turn on the lights , has xenon lights with dynamic levels as well, which adjusts itself to any twists and turns .Also adds to the meaner look of the car. The best part about the safety part is that it has a virtual park assist , which is activated right after you switch to R , and assists you while parking through those close corners .Has a tyre pressure monitor as well. Security The car comes with an engine immobilizer , and remote control operation for everything , boots , windows , doors , you wouldn't find any levers for boot or the fuel inlet , it can be opened once you are stationary and open one of the doors and has individual switches at the boot and the fuel lid respectively. Comfort Has 12 way electrically adjusting driver seat , with 3 level memory , you can adjust the same to your comfort , Has 2 way adjustable telescopic steering wheel , has in total 12 speakers , 3 on each door , dual zone climatic AC , where you can set different temperatures at each side , has rear AC vents as well.The steering wheel has audio controls , plus you can also control the MFD(multi functional display) accordingly, The MFD gives you the info about speed , fuel consumption etc, plus you can perform various functions from the steering keys itself.Has automatic rain sensor wipers and automatic lights sensors, don't have to explain what these do . Laura comes with cruise control as well , where you can set the optimum speed and just leave your foot from the accelerator pedal, and relax.This gets canceled though once u apply the brake pedal. IT also has a night mode for all the mirrors.The tyres have a specialized 16" Crateris alloy wheel for the L&K. Lets talk about the pros & cons, you would find that the car is mostly driven by drivers ,the 12 way adjustable seat is just at the drivers side, the side seat and the rears do not have any such functionality , which is a major disappointment.The steering is hard you would find this a bit annoying at city drives , but would enjoy the same at highways.The older version had a sun-roof which is missing , could have done wonders if it had one .Also lacks a rear wiper , which is present in almost all premium cars .One issue which I have seen and mostly in all the Lauras is that a slight fog develops on the windshield at lower temperatures , the climatic control also doesn't help , to get rid of this you would either have to place a sunfilm specially made for windshields , or increase the temperature , but in a city like Mumbai , that can't be considered as an option.I have heard a lot of issues about the Air conditioning in the old Laura crops up mostly after an year,lets see how this one performs.Blowing the horn also is a pain, could be because of the airbag inside .The rear seats are very stiff ,which was an issue with the older version as well.If you browse through the site lots of features mentioned are not present in the car .The car has a very good fuel efficiency , depends upon your driving conditions also , D is the best option to drive in. Overall a very good car , you might find it a bit pricey , but all is fair given it has a 2.0L engine .Also the spares are pretty expensive and since most of the parts are imported directly sometimes not easily available ,hence skoda mostly has a challenge in giving a customer satisfactory service .
By Rushabh Posted on May,05,29 11:56 PM
Pros Design & comfort
Cons Almost everythng else
I bought this car around 3 months back. During the first week, I really loved this car. But then suddenly after the very first week, the cooling dropped to zero. So I went to the skoda service centre. It took them 2 days to figure out whats wrong with the car. After that they gave me a shocking news that some spare parts need to be changed!! It took them 10 days to replace the parts on the disguise that spare parts werent available!! I had a rough time with these guys and I sincerely recommend NOT TO BUY this car and look for other options.
By abhinay reddy Posted on Jun,06,06 3:23 AM
Pros one of my best car
Cons great interiors more comfortability
do not hesitate to buy this car this is only diesel car in this price and has no competitor still the car is the best
By DrBiju Kumar Posted on Jul,07,06 4:34 AM
Pros sexy loook
Cons leg room is poor for tall people like me
i purchased laura L&K 5 months back and its superb and and its features are very similar to Merc C class
By Aditya Jain Posted on Jun,06,11 4:55 PM
Pros Great looks & features
Cons Very bad production quality, coupled with pathetic service levels
I had the misfortune of purchasing a Skoda Laura L&K in Sept, 2007 for an amount of approx. Rs.17 lacs. Ever since, I have been facing continuous trouble with the car - with Skoda just paying lip service. Name the touble, its there - engine gasket blow off, AC compressor conked off, music player stopped working, wheels jammed while driving, brakes caught fire etc. Biggest mistake I have made in my life - never ever again.
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