Do not buy!

A user review on Skoda Laura [2009-2013]. Written by Gokul N on 12 February, 2012

Price: ₹ 14.55 - 19.27 lakhs
Ex-showroom, New Delhi
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Version Reviewed : Ambition 2.0 TDI CR MT
Purchased As : New
Familiarity : Have driven a few thousands kilometres
Fuel Economy : 12 kpl
Good : Brand image, highway stability
Bad : stalling engine, cramped seating, poor fuel economy, manufacturing defects

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Exterior Seems quite fine to look at.

Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) Bad seating comfort for front or rear seats. Poor legroom at rear. Too steep backrest in rear offering a very tense/stressful position.

Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox Gearbox stall if one is not fully accustomed to this low torque engine and badly matched gearbox. Looks like some bad design was handed down to us Indians since we know no better! Don't buy Skoda and waste your money trying to make it work. Manual transmission is very bad. Even in the first gear the car stalls if one is not careful. One would imagine that a 2.0L TDI engine could easily haul a car without acceleration in first gear. But you would be surprised. And, this is a very dangerous and life threatening feature if you have a driver. Imagine when steering, brakes etc fail when the engine stalls in traffic. This happens even in higher gears if one is not careful without any prior warning from the engine that it is under strain and requires a gear change. I plan to sue Skoda for threat to occupants when this happens. What is the use of claiming German lineage with such poor performance. Let them come to me and I will show how someone with common sense can design a car, its engine and transmission characteristics.

Ride Quality & Handling Good ride offering a very stable drive even on a highway. However, braking fade is sometimes a danger at higher speeds since the car doesn't allow one to get a real feel of the speed. There is a false sense of security due to its weight. Lot of squeaking from front side and rattling even within 5,000 km which none are able to fix.

Final Words My a/c compressor failed in 1 year and <20,000 km. Luckily within warranty it was changed but with some prodding and delay. Car was out of service for 3 days. Besides I had some sweaty days after spending 16 lakhs+. What a shame. And this has happened to several friends cars. Even the older model has the stalling problem. Nobody has reported maybe because they are unaware that this is a dangerous design flaw especially considering safety of your loved ones. Image on a curve in a hilly area and you stall. To restart you need to do all the circus of depressing clutch and lose control momentarily. It maybe too late sometimes... So, why buy a coffin for 16 lakhs!!

Areas of improvement Quality should improve in materials used and workmanship. Get your act right Skoda. Bad dealer (at Hyderabad/AP), is a crook! Think how Toyota or Honda does stuff and stop showing us your German blood which is fake and misleading!!

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Gokul N on 13 Feb, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Dear Friends,

I have written a review on Skoda Laura and look forward to your comments on it.

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