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The 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. The interior of the Skoda Laura boasts of contemporary design and high quality materials. There is ample room and luxurious space. Overall the Laura is a good car and can be bought with a petrol turbcharged engine or diesel turbocharged engine with great power output figures.
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Skoda Laura Expert Review

Car Rating MethologyRatings
  • Poor Excellent Bar
  • Design & Styling
  • 12/15
  • Interiors
  • 8/10
  • Engine & Transmission
  • 8/10
  • Performance and Handling
  • 13/15
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • 7/10
  • Features
  • 8/10
  • Safety
  • 4/5
  • Quality & Reliability
  • 8/10
  • Value for Money
  • 12/15
  • Overall Score
  • 80/100
Introduction

The first car from Skoda in India was the Octavia, and that car was replaced with a newer version renamed as the Laura. The Laura is an entry level luxury vehicle in the Indian market that competes with the Hyundai Elantra, Renault Fluence, VW Jetta and Toyota Corolla Altis.

Skoda Laura Exterior View

The Laura comes in a 1.8 litre petrol engine and a 2.0 litre diesel engine in many different variants.

Design & Styling

For an entry-level luxury vehicle and a European brand, the Laura looks a little outdated as its competitors have more contemporary designs. There are no curves and the car is designed in a boxy straight line design. The front grille is nice and so are the big headlights. It also gets nice tyres and wheels. Other than that the Laura needs an update.

Interiors

On the inside the design is very nice and everything seems to be correctly in place. The dashboard and instrument cluster are nice and so is the automatic gearbox.

Skoda Laura Interior View

There is plenty of room and comfortable seats for the front passengers but the rear passengers don’t get enough legroom. However the cabin is still quite comfortable and setup in a luxurious setting.

Engine & Transmission

There is a 1.8 litre petrol engine available with automatic transmission as an option. There is also a 2.0 litre diesel version, and again this comes with an automatic transmission. We drove the 2.0 TDI CR with the automatic 6-speed DSG with tiptronic manual gear changes. The engine and transmission combination works very well and you can tell they have been nicely engineered for a good driving experience. You get around 135bhp and massive torque output of 320Nm.

Performance and Handling

Thanks to the great engine setup the 320Nm of torque really gives the car a very good acceleration. you only need to slightly press down on the gas pedal to feel the car move forward. The fully automatic mode needs to be much more responsive, which is why if you enjoy driving you will have more fun when in semi manual mode. The engine is very well refined and is very smooth and thanks to the nice suspension driving on city streets as well as highways is effortless and very comfortable. The ergonomics are also very nice and the cabin very comfortable, so overall it’s a nice car to drive as well as be chauffeured around. The brakes are decent and the tyres are also good.

Fuel Efficiency

We got an average fuel economy of 13kmpl with the diesel automatic engine.

Features

The Laura also comes with some nice features such as power steering, power windows, automatic climate control, in-built audio system with 6 CD changer with 12 speakers and Bluetooth, steering mounted controls, a 6.5 inch display screen with touch screen controls and leather seats.

Safety

Safety features include front, side and curtain airbags, parktronic sensors for parking, ABS with EBD, traction control and stability control programs, and Anti Slip Regulation.

Quality & Reliability

The overall quality of the car is very good indeed. Everything from the exterior design to the interiors and the engine and components is very well made and crafted. The seats are nice, and the dashboard is sturdy, with very little vibrations even on the diesel variant. The car is also very reliable but servicing and parts can be a little expensive.

Value for Money

For an entry level luxury car the base version are very well worth your money. the cabin is very nice and the engines are great. With all the added features however and the automatic DSG transmission that car can become quite expensive, and you can find other cars below that price that offer the same features.

Verdict

The Laura is a bit outdated but it still comes with a very nice cabin and great diesel engine and transmission. If you don’t care for the features, the Laura is a great buy, but these days you can get cars from lower segments that come with most of the features that the high-end Laura variant has. It’s not keeping with the times and this could set it back against the competition.

Skoda Laura User Reviews

2007 Skoda Laura Elegance MT

Review #140 Reviewed on May 04, 2011

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karthik
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Skoda Laura Elegance MT comes with a very fine 1896cc of engine displacement and it has got a mileage of around twelve kilometers. There is diesel fuel being used in the car and the exteriors of the car are really aerodynamically advanced. There is an effective air conditioning in the car and CD player is also there in the vehicle. There are power windows in the vehicle and Leather seats are there in the vehicle too. The car comes with a safe central locking system and standard anti lock breaking system is also present in the car. Skoda Laura Elegance MT also comes with a fine automatic climate control. There are remote trunk and remote fuel lid opener. There is accessory power outlet also. This car has got fine trunk light also. It is a fine car to own.

5 of 6 (83.33%) people found this review helpful.

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