Skoda Laura versus Volkswagen Jetta
- Sunday, April 22, 2012, 11:31
- Comparisons, Jetta, Laura, Sedan, Skoda, Volkswagen
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Skoda has been selling excellent cars for a decade now and has been doing pretty well in sales. They have very good product line for the year ahead and seem to be focused on delivering the best to their customers. Skoda Laura is the latest entrant into the C segment and seems to be doing quite well with all the features and goodies it brings to the segment. We also have the Volkswagen Jetta going up against the competition and it offers a lot of features at good pricing and the impeccable German build quality and engineering at good value. Check out how both these cars fare against each other in our comparison today.
Looks and design:
Skoda Laura is the latest entrant into the C-segment from Skoda and brings a fresh styling to the segment with its European design elements; it tries to capture the heart of every prospective Skoda customer. It has a rear spoiler which adds to the dynamic looks of the car and multispoke alloys which adds to the sporty nature of the Laura. Skoda Laura has a long hood with sweptback headlights and honeycomb grill and the fog lamps are within a trendy looking housing and the sedan comes with body colored bumpers. It is available in four different color options and all of them look fantastic. Skoda Laura brings fantastic build quality to the segment and fit, finish and paint quality resembles that of a higher priced sedan.
Volkswagen Jetta brings dynamic styling in its latest avatar with its classic, nearly timeless and understated styling. It has solid build quality and exudes perfection and its German heritage. It has chromed front grill with a large trademark VW logo. It has sharp looking, subtly smoked headlight with day time running lamps and fog lamps around a well designed from end. It does look like its sibling Vento from some angles. The rear is beautifully done and looks fantastic. It has multi-spoke alloy wheels which look aggressive and the car has an overall sporty look. It has been very well constructed and Volkswagen has done an excellent job with its fit and finish and the paint quality is simply superb.
Looks overall – Skoda Laura – 8/10
Looks overall – Volkswagen Jetta – 8.5/10
Interiors – design, space and features:
Skoda Laura brings top notch interiors with its solid feel and brings a mix of black, grey and silver for the interior colours. The seats are very comfortable, manually adjustable for back support and lumbar support. It has a 6 CD changer with 8 speaker system which offers incredible sound. It has a sunroof on the top variants and large glass windows which adds to the fresh feel of the interiors. Skoda Laura has excellent space for the front and rear passengers and there is ample leg and head room. The instrument and centre console are very functional and look elegant. The instrument cluster also displays the MID after from the large analogue tacho and speedometer. Skoda Laura brings plenty of storage areas inside but it’s the boot that takes the cake with its huge size of 560 litres.
Volkswagen has done a good job with the interiors on the Jetta and it brings plenty of space inside however it seems to be down in comparison with its predecessor. It does bring ample head and leg room for the passengers and has a solid feel to the interior build quality. Jetta has height adjustable seats for the front row and the driver’s seat is a 12 way electrically operated unit. The visibility is very good and the in-car ergonomics are excellent. The air condition does a very good job of keeping the interiors cool. The centre console is a functional unit and the instrument console features the MID along with speedo, tacho and fuel gauge. It has plenty of storage area inside and the boot has a sizeable boot space of 510 litres. It gives you plenty of storage area for your luggage.
Interiors overall – Skoda Laura – 8/10
Interiors overall – Volkswagen Jetta – 8/10
Engine – performance, power, torque, fuel economy, smoothness:
Skoda Laura brings a powerful diesel engine which is a 1968cc motor with minimal turbo lag and produces a maximum power of 140 bhp at 4000 RPM and maximum torque of 320 NM between 1750 to 2500 RPM. It brings a 6 speed automatic transmission and DSG with tiptronic manual gear changing. It offers plenty of low end torque and high performance is incredibly good from Skoda TDI engine. The noise and vibes are well controlled and the passengers enjoy a comfortable ride. The Skoda Laura is able to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 20 kmpl as rated by ARAI. The fuel efficiency given the performance from this engine will ensure that you can have quite a bit of fun while keeping the fuel bills under control.
Volkswagen Jetta comes with a 4 cylinder 2 liter common-rail diesel engine and is rated at 138 BHP at 4200 RPM and produces a maximum torque of 320 NM from 1750 to 2500 RPM. It has excellent drivability and the torque delivery is instantaneous. The Direct Shift Gearbox and the gearshifts are smooth and slick and very fast. The engine is free revving and will happily rev across 5000 RPM in the lower gears. It is a mile muncher and the turbo-lag is minimal. It brings excellent performance in the automatic transmission variant and using the paddle shifts to shift gears is easy. Volkswagen Jetta has been rated by ARAI to deliver a maximum fuel efficiency of 19.39 kmpl for the manual transmission variant and the automatic transmission variant is rated to deliver 16.36 kmpl.
Engine overall – Skoda Laura – 8/10
Engine overall – Volkswagen Jetta – 8/10
Suspension – Ride, comfort and handling:
Skoda Laura features very good ride quality is very good and although a little firm the passengers are always in comfort. The steering is very good and well weighted at higher speeds and easy to turn at lower speeds. The chassis is very good and capable of letting you drive in a spirited manner. The handling dynamics are simply superb on the Skoda Laura. The brakes have a solid bite and feel very good to use and come with ABS and EBD. The car is comfortable on bad roads and will absorb all the bumps and undulations, so commonly faced on our roads. Overall it’s an excellent handling car built for an enthusiast to hit the curves and enjoy the road.
Volkswagen has given the Jetta multi-link suspension and the handling from this car is excellent. It corners flat and has very good level of grip under spirited driving. It has excellent chassis and suspension package and brings a very comfortable ride despite the suspension being on the firmer side. The steering provides good feedback and weighs up very well at higher speeds while remaining comfortably light at lower speeds. Volkswagen Jetta has sharp brakes which do a very good job of slowing down the car which is very well capable of doing high speeds easily. It brings ABS + EBD and also multiple Airbags for passenger safety.
Suspension overall – Skoda Laura – 8.5/10
Suspension overall – Volkswagen Jetta – 8/10
Value for money – sticker price, standard features:
Skoda Laura is available in multiple variants and engine options and is priced at an ex-showroom Price of 12.44 lakhs for Skoda Laura Petrol 1.8 TSI Active, Skoda Laura 1.8 TSI Ambiente Petrol is priced at 14.48 lakhs. Skoda Laura vRS Petrol top end petrol variant is priced at 16.11 lakhs. Skoda Laura Ambiente 2.0 TDI CR MT diesel is priced at 14.48 lakhs. Skoda Laura Ambiente 2.0 TDI CR AT diesel is priced at 15.65 lakhs. Skoda Laura Elegance 2.0 TDI CR MT is priced at 16.05 lakhs. Skoda Laura Elegance 2.0 TDI CR AT is priced at 17.10 lakhs. Top diesel variant Skoda Laura L&K 2.0 TDI CR AT is priced at 18.97 lakhs. Skoda makes beautiful cars and sells them at good value. Most of the variants are priced sensibly and given all the features and performance we think it’s worth the money.
Volkswagen Jetta is available at good pricing and starts with an ex-showroom Delhi price of 14.93 lakhs for base variant Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L TDI Trendline, Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L TDI Comfortline is priced at 16.40 lakhs, Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L TDI Highline is priced at 18.05 lakhs and the top variant Volkswagen Jetta 2.0L TDI Highline AT is priced at 18.90 lakhs. The pricing compared to rivals is indeed on the higher side for the top variant however given its German lineage and build quality and all the features it brings to the segment it seems to be well worth the price you pay for it.
Value for money overall – Skoda Laura – 8.5/10
Value for money overall – Volkswagen Jetta – 8/10
Skoda Laura has a stiff competition in the market but it has several things going strong for it; the powerful engine, ride dynamics, build quality and the brand value in India. It has proven to be a strong seller in its earlier avatar and Skoda hopes to recreate the same magic again. Volkswagen Jetta in its latest avatar seems it’s going to be a strong seller for Volkswagen but VW needs to improve its sales network as well. However the car is an excellent product. Given the stiff competition in this segment the choice is indeed a very difficult one.
|Car version||2.0 TDI Ambition MT||2.0 TDI Ambition AT||2.0 TDI Elegance AT||2.0 TDI Elegance MT||Trendline||Comfortline||Highline (MT)||Highline (AT)|
|Max. Power||110@4200||110@4200||140@4000||110@4200||140PS @ 4200||140 @ 4000||140 @ 4200||140 @ 4000|
|Tyre||195/65 R15||195/65 R15||195/65 R15||195/65 R16||NA||235/65 R 17, 235/70 R 16||235/65 R 17, 235/70 R 16||NA|
|Front||McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabilizer||McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabilizer||McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabilizer||McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabilizer||Coil Spring with shock absorbers and suspension stabilizer||Coil Spring with shock absorbers and suspension stabilizer||Coil Spring with shock absorbers and suspension stabilizer||Coil Spring with shock absorbers and suspension stabilizer|
|Rear||3 link, coil spring suspension||3 link, coil spring suspension||Multi-element exle, with one longitudinal and three transverse links, with torsion stabilizer||3 link, coil spring suspension||Multi link suspension with stabilizer||Multi link suspension with stabilizer||Multi link suspension with stabilizer||Multi link suspension with stabilizer|