Skoda Laura

(4.5 / 5) Based on 25 reviews
` 7.51 - 17.66 Lakh*
ex-showroom price in New Delhi
This Model has been discontinued by the manufacturer.
Skoda Laura

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Skoda Laura Price

Petrol Variants
Diesel Variants

Expert Test Drive Review

Skoda Laura Front View

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.

Inside 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 variants 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. The boot at 560 ltrs is massive and swallows all your luggage. Overall the interior lives up to the Skoda name for quality.
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.
When it comes to suspension, 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 stability at high speeds is also great. Even the vRS which is a sporty car rides very well!
Skoda Laura prices start at Rs 12.9 lakhs to Rs 19 lakhs ex-showroom. Overall there is a lot to like about the Laura, the build quality, the performance. There may be newer rivals like the Elantra but the Laura still makes sense due to its quality.


Dimension & Weights

Overall Length 4572 mm
Overall Width 1769 mm
Overall Height 1485 mm
Ground Clearance 164 mm


Torque 250 Nm@1900 rpm
Displacement 1896 cc
Power 77kW(105 bhp)@4000 rpm
No of Cylinders 4

Fuel Efficiency

Mileage Highway 17.5 kmpl
Mileage City 12 kmpl
Mileage Overall 12.8 kmpl

Wheels & Tyres

Tyres 205/60 R15
Wheel Size 15 x 6.5 inch
Wheel Type Alloy

View Detailed Specifications

Skoda Laura 1.8 TSI Classic 1.8 TSI Active 1.8 TSI Ambition 1.8 TSI Ambiente TSI Ambition AT RS 1.9 TDI Elegance MT 1.9 TDI Elegance AT Ambiente Elegance MT L&K AT L&K MT 1.9 TDI Ambiente MT 1.9 TDI Ambiente 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
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  • Magic Black
  • Candy white
  • Race Blue
  • Brilliant silver
  • Sprint y Yellow
  • Cappuccino Beige
Awesome car
Posted on 24 Aug 09 at 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 .

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Posted on 29 May 10 at 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.

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laura a tough competitor
Posted on 6 Jun 08 at 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

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sexy car
Posted on 6 Jul 08 at 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

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Don't ever get lured
Posted on 11 Jun 09 at 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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