About SKODA RAPID

The Rapid is Skoda’s smallest sedan for the Indian car market. Not being based on the Fabia, is based on the Polo platform and it shares a lot of similarities to the Vento. The Rapid competes with the Verna, City and the new Ciaz. The build quality, touch and feel of the plastics on the Rapid are good and live upto Skoda’s brand expectations. The space is also sufficient in both the rows and even the boot is large. And now in features too, Skoda has outclassed most of its competition. The list is huge, to begin with projector headlamps, new music system with steering mounted audio controls and aux, Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

The new 1.5 litre diesel engine of the Rapid is far superior to its petrol brethren in performance and fuel efficiency. The power delivery is linear and it is fun to drive in the city or the highway. The power produced by the petrol and diesel engines is the same on paper, but the performance of the diesel is much better. The diesel version of the Rapid should be your use for its sheer pleasure and economy. And if you need the comfort, then now there is also the diesel automatic with a seven speed dual clutch box that isn’t just quick but is also extremely fuel efficient for an automatic transmission. The Rapid shares its engines with the Vento, hence the fuel efficiency is similar. The diesel is highly efficient, while the petrol has been tuned for better fuel economy.

The ride on the Rapid is a tad stiff, but most of the road shocks are filtered out. The Rapid lives up to the Skoda badge in the handling department. The well-balanced chassis of the Rapid makes it joy to drive around bends, and even the response from the steering wheel is good as it weighs up well. The Rapid gets dual airbags and ABS in the top of the line variant.

Variants:

Petrol:

1) Rapid 1.6 MPI Active

2) Rapid 1.6 MPI Ambition MT

3) Rapid 1.6 MPI Ambition Plus MT/AT

4) Rapid 1.6 MPI Elegance MT

5) Rapid1.6 MPI Elegance Black Package MT/AT

Diesel:

1) Rapid 1.5 CR Active

2) Rapid 1.5 CR Ambition MT

3) Rapid 1.5 CR Ambition Plus MT/AT

4) Rapid 1.5 CR Elegance MT

5) Rapid1.5 CR Elegance Black Package MT/AT

Variants Ex-Showroom Price
SKODA RAPID 1.6 MPI MT ACTIVE
7.71 Lakhs Get on road price
SKODA RAPID AMBITION 1.6 MPI MT PLUS
8.7 Lakhs Get on road price
SKODA RAPID ELEGANCE 1.6 MPFI MT
9.35 Lakhs Get on road price
SKODA RAPID 1.6 MPI AT AMBITION PLUS
9.76 Lakhs Get on road price
SKODA RAPID ELEGANCE 1.6 MPFI AT
10.39 Lakhs Get on road price
Variants Ex-Showroom Price
SKODA RAPID 1.6 TDI MT ACTIVE
8.73 Lakhs Get on road price
SKODA RAPID 1.6 TDI MT AMBITION PLUS
9.87 Lakhs Get on road price
SKODA RAPID ELEGANCE 1.6 TDI MT
10.45 Lakhs Get on road price

Specifications

Fuel Type PETROL
Engine CC 1248
Power 74BHP
Torque 19.3KGM
No Of Cylinders 4
Transmission MANUAL
Paddle Shift Single clutch
Kerb Weight 1075

Our Verdict

If all that you are looking for in a car is practicality, economy and value for money then you have potentially a dependable car. The Skoda Rapid, is a luxury car at an affordable price. The introduction of the new automatic transmission has brought Skoda up a notch and now has very few competitors in that field. It is designed to have a muscular look and a sturdy body, this in turn adds to the safety element. This revamped Skoda is certainly an affordable car for family purpose. An easy to drive, easy on the pocket Sedan, Skoda is set to have you convinced.