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Overview

Honda Civic vs Skoda Laura vs Toyota Corolla Altis vs VW Jetta

The fourth front You have bought a house and piled on top of the entertainment and amenities your wife will allow. Now is the time phệ take the first step towards luxury automobiles. And with the new Skoda Laura in petrol guise, you have four choices.

When you’re young, single, and just entering the circus that most companies call senior management, you’ll invest your extra hard-earned money in a comfortable recliner and home theater system. family with a large LCD TV phệ complement the space. Now, however, you’re married, have kids, and all your weekend không lấy phí time is spent catering phệ their needs, including outdoor outings. During the week, there are work and leisure businesses meet at clubs phệ attend.

What you need then, is a luxury car. A car that has space, drives well and is easy phệ drive in, has a high spoiler factor, and of course good snob value. So far, if you despise diesel or have short commutes, you have three petrol options – the Honda Civic maverick, the traditional and safe Toyota Corolla Altis, the Volkswagen Jetta.

Exterior & Interior

Honda Civic Interior

The space-age design and an associated cockpit are the hallmarks of Honda.

Exterior Honda Civic

The Honda is great phệ drive two up, but loads more and it loses the edge.

New kid on the block There is now a new kid on the block. Well, the Laura isn’t exactly new, but it now has a new grille, a few new body parts, revised lights and bumpers, and most importantly, a new engine. Reason enough for the Indian marketing man phệ call the car ‘brand new’.

It makes a slight drumming at lower revs, as if it were preparing the driver for the oncoming opus. Tune in and the engine transforms into a free-revolving orchestra with turbocharger groans replacing the orchestral flute. It’s so beautiful. Civic is the best among the rest; it’s still rudimentary compared phệ Laura, but it’s a không lấy phí spin engine that urges you phệ give it a go.

Skoda Laura Furniture

There’s no multifunction steering or climate control system for the base variant.

Skoda Laura's exterior

Even with the high tyres, the Laura handles pretty well. The turn on is good and the body roll is well contained. Steering also responds well.

Forced Touch And, the Civic responds well when you do; The 100kmph mark appeared in less than 11 seconds and it went on phệ record a top speed of 188kmph. Both the Altis and the Jetta are slower in both numbers, with VW trailing the group significantly. Laura, of course, stretched the car through the competition in just a few seconds phệ show off its forced induction advantage.

However, the Skoda went on phệ completely beat the competition with its excellent powertrain.

Interior Toyota Corolla Altis

The faux wood finish looks gaudy, but the Altis sports the most equipment.

Exterior Toyota Corolla Altis

The Altis is a competent steering wheel, but could do with better steering feedback.

Rounding corners Laura has dynamic capabilities phệ support its power-packed performance. This entry-level variant rides on narrower and taller tires than the pricier L&K variant (available only in diesel guise), but even so, it offers good grip in corners. Body control is good, and the electronic power steering is precise enough and talkative phệ keep the driver engaged. Even on surfaces that break at fast speeds, it maintains its composure wonderfully. It’s also unobtrusive at slow speeds, with only deep bumps making the car better, no doubt by the high tyres.

Jetta is almost capable on both fronts. But, the same cannot be said of Japanese competition. The Altis drives well at slower speeds and gets around square bumps better than the Skoda, but as the road worsens, the Toyota becomes jittery. It is more obvious at higher speeds. It also has an overly light steering wheel that gives very little feel. Pass the polite approximation of the steering wheel and you’ll appreciate the car’s chassis and balanced suspension on zigzag things. Altis always maintains his poise when handling no matter how difficult the road is. The Civic though happily in Delhi with less on board, is nowhere near as capable as the rest. It rolls quite a bit and with the load on board, things get worse.

Interior VW Jetta

Rustic interior, limited equipment but well built and finished.

Exterior VW Jetta

The Jetta needed a larger engine phệ exploit its handling potential.

Glamorous looks Civic is the best car. And it’s modern on the inside, too – a digital speedometer in blue, artistic gearshift levers and door handles, and a multi-directional dashboard, all of which add a healthy multiplier phệ the car. It is also the most spacious. Compared phệ the Altis, the Altis has a lot of rear knee space, but it makes up for it by offering the best rear seats in this group. It also has an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

The remaining three cars are only adjusted manually, but compared phệ Toyota, sitting is more comfortable. Jetta and Laura seats in particular are maximally supportive. The Skoda also offers comfort in the rear, and the modifications made inside – the new music system, steering and gauges – also add phệ the car’s atmosphere. The Jetta, which still shares quite a few knobs, buttons, and stalks with Laura, has the least inspiring interior here; It’s well-built, well-finished, and comes with a host of comfort and safety features, but the Jetta doesn’t frustrate your senses.

Engine & Gearbox

Honda Civic Engine

Honda Civic One of the better engines here, the Honda engine is a không lấy phí rev and is coupled phệ an equally good box.

It hits 100kmph in just 8.4 seconds, just under a second compared phệ the 275bhp 3.5-litre Honda Accord V6.

Skoda Laura Engine

Skoda Laura The TSI unit has a maximum torque that allows the driver phệ use 6th gear even at city speeds.

One of the tests here has the awesome 1.8-liter turbocharged unit. This is the cheapest Laura you can buy and it shows on the inside. More on that later, though, because with 160hp and 250Nm of torque and a sound that makes you hold on for support, the engine really is the highlight of this car.

    Toyota Corolla Altis . engine

Toyota Corolla Altis The 1.8-liter units have a muffler but sound gruff at the limit. However, the gearbox, like the rest, is a joy phệ use.

It was faster in the 30-80 km/h tagline than the Toyota, the next fastest car, as well as in the 40-100 km/h and 80-120 km/h runs. We like how the turbo works – there’s a palpable performance boost at 1500rpm, giving you an extra double espresso as the needle sweeps through 2000. But, more than just the initial push. makes you want the car; Across the rev range, the 1.8-liter engine seems phệ go through a power curve almost instantaneously and in total excitement. The only drawback is the slightly delayed throttle response. The Altis’ 1.8-liter unit doesn’t feel up phệ the task, but again, it lacks refinement.

VW Jetta engine

VW Jetta The weakest link in the Jetta package is the 1.6-liter engine. The gearbox though is aggressive and short.

The others don’t even come close – the Jetta’s 1.6-liter unit feels strained compared phệ when driven hard.

Size

Honda Civic (milimet)

Overall dimensions of Honda Civic

It may not be huge on the outside, but the use of space on the inside is commendable indeed. However, the in/out height could be better.

Honda Civic boot size

The boot is the smallest of the bunch and the seats don’t fold either.

Skoda Laura (milimet)

Skoda Laura's Overall Dimensions Skoda Laura Boot Size

Large opening, non-intrusive, folding seats and plenty of space.

Toyota Corolla Altis (milimet)

Overall dimensions Toyota Corolla Altis Toyota Corolla Altis . Boot Size

The strange intrusion robs some luggage space in the trunk.

VW Jetta (milimet)

Overall dimensions VW Jetta VW Jetta Boot Size

Expandable and foldable seats support the boot’s usability.

Scorecard & Judgment

Transcript

Body: Jetta won round one thanks phệ better safety than anything else. In terms of space, the Civic leads the way with significantly more rear knee space while the Laura has the most spacious and flexible trunk of them all. Quality wise the cars are pretty even while the Jetta and Civic score higher on visibility. Laura behind the visibility is quite poor

Drive: With direct injection and turbocharging, not phệ mention an almost flat torque curve and 160bhp, Laura always wins the performance battle. But, what surprised us most was the versatility of the engine. One area where other cars fit the Skoda is the shifting quality of their individual transmissions. These are all good and fun phệ use.

Appease: Given our previous experience with Laura, we expected a less tiring ride. But courtesy of the taller tyres, the new petrol version actually drives really well. It also deals with authority. Like the VW, it has excellent front seats and is on par with the rest.

Dynamics: Toyota managed phệ beat the Europeans under this head, albeit by the thinnest possible profit margins. It scores well for braking, maneuverability, directional stability and traction while only losing control on mute. The feedback is clear, but the feeling is completely absent.

Cost: Skoda won, and won by a huge margin. It gives an eight-point advantage in the final tally. What is interesting phệ see here is the price of all four cars, each in the frame of Rs 13 lakh. An indication of how closely the D-segmentbattle really fought.

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Laura won this contest comfortably, and for the senior manager wearing a flat ironed suit, it ticked all the right boxes. With its lovely engine and well-organized powertrain, it’s great phệ drive, it’s also spacious, has comfortable seats, a good ride, and a large trunk. Bự boot, it wears the Skoda badge, which unlike Europe demands almost three (if not more) respect in India. It is a sure stepping stone phệ automotive luxury.

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Overview

The fourth front You have bought a house and stacked it with entertainment and comfort gear your wife would allow. It’s now time phệ take the first step towards automotive luxury. And with the new Skoda Laura in petrol guise, you have four choices.

When you were younger, single and had only just stepped into the circus most companies call senior management, you would have invested the extra earnings in a comfy recliner and a home theatre system with a huge LCD TV phệ complement the setting. Now though, you are married, have kids and all the không lấy phí time over the weekend is devoted phệ serving their needs including taking outstation trips. Through the week, there’s work and the recreational business meets at clubs phệ attend phệ.
What you need then, is a luxury car. A car that has space, is good phệ drive and be driven in, has a high pamper coefficient, and of course good snob value. So far, if you despised diesels or had a short commute, you had three petrol options – the maverick Honda Civic, the traditional Toyota Corolla Altis and the safe, Volkswagen Jetta .Exterior & Interior

Space age design and an involving cockpit are the Honda’s highlight.

Honda is great phệ drive two up, but more load and it loses it edge.

New kid on the block Now there’s a new kid on the block. Well, the Laura isn’t exactly new, but now it sports a new grille, a few new body parts, revised lamps and bumpers, and most importantly, new set of engines. Enough reason for the Indian marketing man phệ term the car as ‘all-new’.
It makes a slight drumming noise at lower revs, as if it were priming the driver for the oncoming opus. Rev it up and the engine transforms into a không lấy phí revving orchestra with the turbo whine replacing the orchestral flute. It’s beautiful. The Civic is the best of the rest; it’s still a tad crude in comparison phệ the Laura, but it is a không lấy phí revving engine that urges you phệ give it the stick.

No multi functional steering or climate control for the base variant.

Even with tall profile tyres the Laura handles pretty well. The turn-in is good and the body roll well contained. Steering responds well too.

Forced induction And, the Civic responds well when you do; the 100kmph mark comes up in under 11 seconds and it goes on phệ record a top speed of 188kmph. Both the Altis and the Jetta are slower on both counts, with the VW trailing the bunch considerably. The Laura, of course, pulls car lengths over the competition in a matter of seconds showcasing its forced induction advantage.
But, the Skoda goes on phệ completely demolish the competition with its excellent driveability.

Faux wood finish looks gaudy, but Altis sports the most equipment.

Altis is a competent handler, but could do with better steering feedback.

Rounding the bend The Laura has the dynamic ability phệ back its power packed performance. This low end version runs narrower and taller tyres compared phệ the more expensive L&K variant (which is only available in diesel guise), but even so, it offers decent grip around bends. The body control is good and electronic power steering is precise and talkative enough phệ keep the driver involved. Even over broken surfaces at speed, it maintains its composure beautifully. It doesn’t get uncomfortable at slow speeds either, with only deep bumps getting the better of the car, helped no doubt by the tall profile tyres.
The Jetta is nearly as competent on both fronts. But, the same can’t be said about the Japanese competition. The Altis rides well at slower speeds and rounds squarish bumps better than the Skoda, but as the road worsens the Toyota turns jittery. It’s more pronounced at higher speeds. It also has an overtly light steering which offers very little feel. Overcome the approximation courtesy the steering and you will appreciate the car’s chassis and suspension balance on the twisty stuff. The Altis keeps its handling poise no matter how demanding the road. The Civic though is fun Delhiwith fewer on board, but is still nowhere as competent as the rest. It rolls quite a bit and with load on board, things worsen.

Staid interiors, limited equipment but good build and fit and finish.

The Jetta needs a bigger engine phệ exploit its handling potential.

Visually alluring The Civic is the best looking car though. And it is contemporary on the inside too – the digital speedo with blue hue, the artistic gear shifter and door handles, and the multi dimensional dashboard, all add phệ the car’s wellness coefficient. It’s also the most spacious. The Altis is short on rear knee room in comparison, but it more than makes up for it by offering the best rear seats in this bunch. It also gets an 8-way adjustable electric driver seat.
The other three cars only get manual adjustment, but compared phệ the Toyota, are more comfortable phệ be in. The Jetta and Laura seats in particular are supremely supportive. Skoda offers decent comfort at the rear too and revisions made phệ its insides – the new music system, steering and clocks – also add phệ the car’s ambience. The Jetta which still shares quite a few knobs, buttons and stalks with the Laura has the least inspiring interior here; it’s well built, well finished and comes with a decent assortment of comfort and safety features, but the Jetta does little phệ tickle your senses.

Engine & GearboxHonda Civic One of the better engines here, the Honda unit is a không lấy phí revving one, and is coupled phệ an equally good box

It gets phệ 100kmph in just 8.4 seconds, which is just under a second off the 3.5-litre 275bhp Honda Accord V6’s pace.
Skoda Laura The TSI unit is supremely torquey allowing the driver phệ use 6th gear even at city cruising speeds.

The one on test here has the stonking 1.8-litre turbocharged unit. It is the cheapest Laura you can buy and it shows on the inside. But, more on that later because with 160bhp and 250Nm of torque and a sound that has you holding on for support, the engine really is the highlight of this car.
Toyota Corolla Altis The 1.8-litre unit has poke but sounds gruff at the limit. Gearbox, like the rest, is a joy phệ use, nonetheless.

It is quicker in the 30-80kmph slog than the Toyota, the next quickest car as well as in the 40-100kmph and 80-120kmph runs. We love the way the turbo works – there’s a perceivable step up in performance at 1500rpm which gets another shot of double espresso as the needles sweeps past 2000. But, it’s not just the initial kick that makes you want the car; across the rev range, the 1.8-litre unit seems phệ ride a power curve which is nearly instantaneous and totally exhilarating. The only drawback is the slight delay in throttle response.The Altis’ 1.8-litre unit does feel up for the task, but again, it lacks refinement.
VW Jetta Weakest link in the Jetta package is the 1.6-litre engine. The gearshits though are positive and short.

The others don’t even come close – the Jetta’s 1.6-litre unit feels stressed in comparison when driven hard.Dimension
Honda Civic (milimet)

It might not be big on the outside, but the space utilisation on the inside is commendable indeed. Ingress/egress height however could be better though.

The tiniest boot in the bunch and seats don’t fold either.

Skoda Laura (milimet)

Big opening, no intrusion, folding seats and lots of space.

Toyota Corolla Altis (milimet)

Odd intrusions rob the boot of some luggage space.

VW Jetta (milimet)

Wide opening and foldable seats aid usability of boot.

Scorecard & Verdict
Scorecard
Body: The Jetta wins round one on tài khoản of better safety than anything else. In terms of space, the Civic leads the way with significantly more rear knee room while the Laura has the most spacious and flexible boot of the lot. Quality wise the cars are pretty evenly matched while the Jetta and the Civic score higher for visibility. Laura rear visibility meanwhile is pretty poor
Drive: With direct injection and turbocharging, not mention a nearly flat torque curve and 160bhp, the Laura was always going phệ win the performance battle. But, what surprised us most was the engine’s flexibility. One area where the other cars matched up with the Skoda was the quality of shifts of their individual gearboxes. These are equally good and fun phệ use.
Comfort: Given our previous experience with the Laura, we were expecting a less than supple ride. But courtesy its taller profile tyres, the new petrol version rides very well indeed. It also handles with authority. Like the VW, it has great front seats on offer and comfort equipment which is at par with the rest.
Dynamics: The Toyota manages phệ beat the Europeans under this head, even though by the slimmest of margins possible. It scores well for braking, manoeuvrability, directional stability and for grip while losing out only for its mute steering. The response is crisp, but the feel completely absent.
Cost: The Skoda wins, and wins by a huge margin. It pulls out an eight point advantage in the final tally. What’s interesting phệ see here though is the pricing of all four cars, each in the Rs 13 lakh bracket. An indication of sorts of how closely fought the D-segmentbattle really is.
Verdict
The Laura wins this contest comfortably and for the senior manager dressed in a crisply ironed suit, it ticks all the right boxes. With that lovely engine and well sorted dynamics, it is brilliant phệ drive.It’s also spacious, has comfortable seats, a good ride and a big boot. Bự boot, it wears the Skoda badge, which unlike Europe commands nearly as much respect as the other three (if not more) in India. It’s the definite stepping stone phệ automotive luxury.
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Overview

The fourth front You have bought a house and stacked it with entertainment and comfort gear your wife would allow. It’s now time phệ take the first step towards automotive luxury. And with the new Skoda Laura in petrol guise, you have four choices.

When you were younger, single and had only just stepped into the circus most companies call senior management, you would have invested the extra earnings in a comfy recliner and a home theatre system with a huge LCD TV phệ complement the setting. Now though, you are married, have kids and all the không lấy phí time over the weekend is devoted phệ serving their needs including taking outstation trips. Through the week, there’s work and the recreational business meets at clubs phệ attend phệ.
What you need then, is a luxury car. A car that has space, is good phệ drive and be driven in, has a high pamper coefficient, and of course good snob value. So far, if you despised diesels or had a short commute, you had three petrol options – the maverick Honda Civic, the traditional Toyota Corolla Altis and the safe, Volkswagen Jetta .Exterior & Interior

Space age design and an involving cockpit are the Honda’s highlight.

Honda is great phệ drive two up, but more load and it loses it edge.

New kid on the block Now there’s a new kid on the block. Well, the Laura isn’t exactly new, but now it sports a new grille, a few new body parts, revised lamps and bumpers, and most importantly, new set of engines. Enough reason for the Indian marketing man phệ term the car as ‘all-new’.
It makes a slight drumming noise at lower revs, as if it were priming the driver for the oncoming opus. Rev it up and the engine transforms into a không lấy phí revving orchestra with the turbo whine replacing the orchestral flute. It’s beautiful. The Civic is the best of the rest; it’s still a tad crude in comparison phệ the Laura, but it is a không lấy phí revving engine that urges you phệ give it the stick.

No multi functional steering or climate control for the base variant.

Even with tall profile tyres the Laura handles pretty well. The turn-in is good and the body roll well contained. Steering responds well too.

Forced induction And, the Civic responds well when you do; the 100kmph mark comes up in under 11 seconds and it goes on phệ record a top speed of 188kmph. Both the Altis and the Jetta are slower on both counts, with the VW trailing the bunch considerably. The Laura, of course, pulls car lengths over the competition in a matter of seconds showcasing its forced induction advantage.
But, the Skoda goes on phệ completely demolish the competition with its excellent driveability.

Faux wood finish looks gaudy, but Altis sports the most equipment.

Altis is a competent handler, but could do with better steering feedback.

Rounding the bend The Laura has the dynamic ability phệ back its power packed performance. This low end version runs narrower and taller tyres compared phệ the more expensive L&K variant (which is only available in diesel guise), but even so, it offers decent grip around bends. The body control is good and electronic power steering is precise and talkative enough phệ keep the driver involved. Even over broken surfaces at speed, it maintains its composure beautifully. It doesn’t get uncomfortable at slow speeds either, with only deep bumps getting the better of the car, helped no doubt by the tall profile tyres.
The Jetta is nearly as competent on both fronts. But, the same can’t be said about the Japanese competition. The Altis rides well at slower speeds and rounds squarish bumps better than the Skoda, but as the road worsens the Toyota turns jittery. It’s more pronounced at higher speeds. It also has an overtly light steering which offers very little feel. Overcome the approximation courtesy the steering and you will appreciate the car’s chassis and suspension balance on the twisty stuff. The Altis keeps its handling poise no matter how demanding the road. The Civic though is fun Delhiwith fewer on board, but is still nowhere as competent as the rest. It rolls quite a bit and with load on board, things worsen.

Staid interiors, limited equipment but good build and fit and finish.

The Jetta needs a bigger engine phệ exploit its handling potential.

Visually alluring The Civic is the best looking car though. And it is contemporary on the inside too – the digital speedo with blue hue, the artistic gear shifter and door handles, and the multi dimensional dashboard, all add phệ the car’s wellness coefficient. It’s also the most spacious. The Altis is short on rear knee room in comparison, but it more than makes up for it by offering the best rear seats in this bunch. It also gets an 8-way adjustable electric driver seat.
The other three cars only get manual adjustment, but compared phệ the Toyota, are more comfortable phệ be in. The Jetta and Laura seats in particular are supremely supportive. Skoda offers decent comfort at the rear too and revisions made phệ its insides – the new music system, steering and clocks – also add phệ the car’s ambience. The Jetta which still shares quite a few knobs, buttons and stalks with the Laura has the least inspiring interior here; it’s well built, well finished and comes with a decent assortment of comfort and safety features, but the Jetta does little phệ tickle your senses.

Engine & GearboxHonda Civic One of the better engines here, the Honda unit is a không lấy phí revving one, and is coupled phệ an equally good box

It gets phệ 100kmph in just 8.4 seconds, which is just under a second off the 3.5-litre 275bhp Honda Accord V6’s pace.
Skoda Laura The TSI unit is supremely torquey allowing the driver phệ use 6th gear even at city cruising speeds.

The one on test here has the stonking 1.8-litre turbocharged unit. It is the cheapest Laura you can buy and it shows on the inside. But, more on that later because with 160bhp and 250Nm of torque and a sound that has you holding on for support, the engine really is the highlight of this car.
Toyota Corolla Altis The 1.8-litre unit has poke but sounds gruff at the limit. Gearbox, like the rest, is a joy phệ use, nonetheless.

It is quicker in the 30-80kmph slog than the Toyota, the next quickest car as well as in the 40-100kmph and 80-120kmph runs. We love the way the turbo works – there’s a perceivable step up in performance at 1500rpm which gets another shot of double espresso as the needles sweeps past 2000. But, it’s not just the initial kick that makes you want the car; across the rev range, the 1.8-litre unit seems phệ ride a power curve which is nearly instantaneous and totally exhilarating. The only drawback is the slight delay in throttle response.The Altis’ 1.8-litre unit does feel up for the task, but again, it lacks refinement.
VW Jetta Weakest link in the Jetta package is the 1.6-litre engine. The gearshits though are positive and short.

The others don’t even come close – the Jetta’s 1.6-litre unit feels stressed in comparison when driven hard.Dimension
Honda Civic (milimet)

It might not be big on the outside, but the space utilisation on the inside is commendable indeed. Ingress/egress height however could be better though.

The tiniest boot in the bunch and seats don’t fold either.

Skoda Laura (milimet)

Big opening, no intrusion, folding seats and lots of space.

Toyota Corolla Altis (milimet)

Odd intrusions rob the boot of some luggage space.

VW Jetta (milimet)

Wide opening and foldable seats aid usability of boot.

Scorecard & Verdict
Scorecard
Body: The Jetta wins round one on tài khoản of better safety than anything else. In terms of space, the Civic leads the way with significantly more rear knee room while the Laura has the most spacious and flexible boot of the lot. Quality wise the cars are pretty evenly matched while the Jetta and the Civic score higher for visibility. Laura rear visibility meanwhile is pretty poor
Drive: With direct injection and turbocharging, not mention a nearly flat torque curve and 160bhp, the Laura was always going phệ win the performance battle. But, what surprised us most was the engine’s flexibility. One area where the other cars matched up with the Skoda was the quality of shifts of their individual gearboxes. These are equally good and fun phệ use.
Comfort: Given our previous experience with the Laura, we were expecting a less than supple ride. But courtesy its taller profile tyres, the new petrol version rides very well indeed. It also handles with authority. Like the VW, it has great front seats on offer and comfort equipment which is at par with the rest.
Dynamics: The Toyota manages phệ beat the Europeans under this head, even though by the slimmest of margins possible. It scores well for braking, manoeuvrability, directional stability and for grip while losing out only for its mute steering. The response is crisp, but the feel completely absent.
Cost: The Skoda wins, and wins by a huge margin. It pulls out an eight point advantage in the final tally. What’s interesting phệ see here though is the pricing of all four cars, each in the Rs 13 lakh bracket. An indication of sorts of how closely fought the D-segmentbattle really is.
Verdict
The Laura wins this contest comfortably and for the senior manager dressed in a crisply ironed suit, it ticks all the right boxes. With that lovely engine and well sorted dynamics, it is brilliant phệ drive.It’s also spacious, has comfortable seats, a good ride and a big boot. Bự boot, it wears the Skoda badge, which unlike Europe commands nearly as much respect as the other three (if not more) in India. It’s the definite stepping stone phệ automotive luxury.
Skoda Laura [2009-2013]

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