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May 19, 2014: Skoda will introduce a new diesel variant of its Rapid with the DSG automatic transmission in October or November month. To increase fuel efficiency, the company will replace 1.6-litre engine by 1.5-litre powertrain. With the introduction of lighter engine and dual clutch automatic gearbox, the 2015 My Rapid will get new three spoke steering of Skoda Superb sedan. The diesel variant of Rapid churns the same power output of 103.6bhp but with greater torque factor of 250Nm. Currently, the engine is coupled to fully synchronized five-speed manual transmission. Gasoline variants, on the other hands are expected to carry 1.2-litre TSI. The  limited edition Rapid Ultima is launched with good infotainment and safety features such as rear parking sensors, projector headlamps and dual front airbags.

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Skoda Rapid Review

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Skoda India has launched its latest updated “Skoda Rapid” residing in the C-Segment. With Skoda India having presence in most of the car segments, the company has under went quite a lot of update with the Rapid line up. From prices to variants of Rapid, all have under gone changes. The number of variants have been reduced, now only two trims are available- Ambition Plus and Elegance, while the Leisure trim remains the same, since it was launched as the special edition model. Overall the range of Skoda variant comprises of six petrol versions and two diesel versions, and this includes the Leisure trim as well. Skoda Rapid boasts of offering good competition to other cars present in this segment, and now the upmarket versions of Rapid are all set to pump up the sales for Skoda. The Skoda Rapid price at Rs 8.04 lakh for the base petrol variant will act as a spark for the sales of the sedan and stir the competition within the C segment sedan cars in India. After the launch of Skoda Yeti – in the SUV segment, “Skoda Rapid” had been marching forward in the Skoda’s parade. Skoda India has installed some high-end features in Skoda Rapid making it more upmarket in the sedan car segment and thus it costs little higher than before. Skoda Auto started its operations in India as Skoda Auto India Pvt. Ltd in November 2001. In India, the company is currently selling following car models - Skoda Laura, Skoda Fabia (manufactured in India) and Skoda Superb, Skoda Yeti (Imported) with Skoda Octavia model discontinued in 2010. It is a known fact that Skoda India never compromises on comfort, technology and looks, and this time also it is evident that they have delivered better version of Rapid. The Czech car maker seems to be on the track to further revolutionize India with Skoda Rapid.

Skoda Rapid comes in both petrol as well as the diesel variants. The diesel Skoda Rapid is powered with 1.6 litre of TDi with 1598 cc displacement unit that produces 103.6bhp of power along with 250 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the petrol variant of Skoda Rapid comes with 1.6 litre-1598 cc of MPI unit, which churns out 103.6bhp of power together with 153 Nm of torque. This engine is more powerful than rival Honda City which displaces only 1497 cc under its hood. The diesel version has 5 speed manual gearbox whereas the petrol version has a choice of 6 speed automatic gearbox and a 5 speed manual standard gearbox as options. Skoda Rapid petrol boasts of delivering 12-14 kmpl from the automatic version. The Diesel engine might get you 13.4 kmpl under extreme driving conditions; while around 16 kmpl will be possible in routine running. Being positioned in the premium car category, Skoda has pitched in an aggressive strategy with Rapid in order to capture the market. With the superior branding and a sales backup of previous Skoda Rapid, the Czech car maker will experience less effort in popularizing its updated version of the same. Helping this is the fact, that all the parts are highly localized because of the platform sharing with parent company Volkswagen.

The new Skoda Rapid has received maximum of feature updates, while the exteriors and mechanical specs remain the same as before. Skoda Rapid has solid and rich exteriors and has got a prominent nose structure accompanied with huge stretched headlamps making it look more delightful. The Ambition Plus model sports projector headlamps in order to offer superior visibility specially when driving in unsuitable or less light conditions. The centre grille of the sedan has a chrome band, which runs all around it together with the traditional Skoda slats in black color placed just under the band. Well, this is absolutely cop pasted from Skoda Fabia. The new sedan also sports a bonnet that has a little pouted design. Massive fog lamps and the front bumper with slot in air dams are decently placed wide and low. The rest of the side profile and belt-line of Skoda Rapid is also quite similar to Volkswagen Vento. The waistline of the sedan is very sophisticated and decent. Now the rear part of the car incorporates tail lamps accompanied with a C shaped glow on brake lamps. The rear bumper appears to be more clean; rear parking sensors upgrades the quality. In all the exterior of Skoda Rapid are excellent in their own way, despite being similar to Volkswagen Vento.

The interiors of Rapid have received quite a few additions, which makes the sedan an upscaled one, while it retains the classy and plush feel to it. The features added to it which makes the sedan in competition includes a list comprising of, leather wrapped steering wheel, gear-shift selector and hand-brake lever, again in leather. The Ambition Plus model gets ABS, dual front airbags, steering mounted audio controls, music system with USB, Aux-in, MP3, SD card slot and Bluetooth connectivity. Rest other interiors remains the same with the light and dark beige colored dash board that sports all advanced equipments including instrument cluster, glove box, music system and air conditioning. The air conditioner also has automatic climate control feature. The 4 spoke steering with telescopic adjustments is clad in leather with chrome insert. On the safety front, now the Ambition Plus model has got ABS with dual front airbags, which were earlier part of higher variants. Otherwise, Skoda Rapid already comes with front fog lamps and Electronic BrakeForce Distribution, Engine Immobilizer, Height adjustable 3 point seat belts and high stop LED center brake lights. Among the comfort features, Rapid features an adjustable power steering, internally adjustable ORVMs with power fold feature, central locking, power windows, adjustable front seats, upgraded music system with Aux-In, Bluetooth connectivity, MP3 and FM integrated with four speakers. The audio player can be protected by a security code. Overall, Skoda rapid is a decent offering with competitive pricing and can create a lot of action in the C-segment cars. Symbolizing Skoda’s brand value – “Simply Clever”, the Rapid is ideal for the Indian streets with an attractive design, ample space, excellent safety equipment and modern proven technology. With this offering, Rapid is expected to become the cornerstone for brand Skoda in India.

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Diesel Models

  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 TDI Active

    The diesel variants of this Rapid sedan have been equipped with an advanced 1.6-litre turbocharged diesel engine that comes with a displacement capacity of 1598cc. This power plant comprises of 4-cylinders, 16-valves and equipped with a direct fuel injection system. It can produce 103.5Bhp of peak power at 4400rpm, while generating a commanding torque of 250Nm at 1500 to 2500rpm. This DOHC based diesel motor is linked with an advanced 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that distributes the torque output to the front wheels. This Active trim comes with safety aspects like halogen headlamps with manual leveling, front fog lights preparation, high level LED third brake light, anti-glare interior rear view mirror, height adjustable three-point seat belts for the front seats, front and rear height adjustable head restraints, an engine immobilizer with floating code system and central locking and unlocking of doors. Its comfort features includes, front and rear center armrest, length and height adjustable steering wheel, manually regulated air conditioning system, internally adjustable external mirrors, electrically adjustable windows, accessory power sockets, front sun visors, remote control release of boot lid, storage compartment and other practical features.

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  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 TDI Ambition Plus

    This Ambition Plus trim comes with all the aspects that are in the Active variant. Besides those, it comes with power windows with one touch operation, driver seat height adjuster, automatic locking of doors on overrun speed, remote control opening and closing of windows, remote central locking and unlocking of doors and boot lid and many other innovative features. Its safety features include fuel supply cut off system in a crash, driver air bag, anti lock braking system, rear windscreen defogger with timer along with front and rear fog lights.

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  • Skoda Rapid Ultima 1.6 TDI Ambition Plus

    This is a special edition trim, which comes with all the interesting features that are available in Ambition Plus variant. In addition to those, this Ultima edition comes with roof and side foils, a classy set of alloy wheels, two-color seat covers, portable navigation device, rear parking sensors, door sill moldings and textile floor mats.

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  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 TDI Elegance

    This top end variant comes with a unique set of features, which includes a multi-functional display equipped with traveling time, distance traveled, average speed, service interval, digital clock and outside temperature display. Above all these, it also comes with climatronic air conditioning system with electronic regulation of cabin temperature, halogen projector headlamps with manual leveling and a trendy set of 15-inch 'Antares' alloy wheels. The remaining aspects of this trim are similar to the ones equipped in the TDI Ambition Plus variant.

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  • Skoda Rapid Ultima 1.6 TDI Elegance

    This is the top end trim in its model line up. In terms of comfort and convenience, this variant is blessed with some top of the line features. The list of some aspects include an air conditioner system with AC vents and air purifier, power steering with height and length adjustment function mounted with call control buttons, all four power windows, height adjustment function for driver seat, electrically adjustable ORVMs and several others. Apart from these, the car manufacturer has given this variant quite a few utility based features such as cup and bottle holders, front seat back pockets, a large glove box, remote fuel lid opener, arm rests, sun visors with vanity mirror and many other such aspects for the comfort of the occupants.

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Petrol Models

  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 MPI Active

    All the petrol variants of Skoda Rapid have been equipped with 1.6-litre, In-line, power plant that has a displacement capacity of 1598cc. This engine is designed with dual overhead camshaft valve configuration comprising 4-cylinders and 16-valves. It can produce a peak power output of about 103.5Bhp at 5250rpm, while generating 153Nm of commanding torque at 3800rpm. The manufacturer has mated this engine with a 5-speed manual transmission gearbox that distributes the torque to the front wheels and returns a maximum mileage of 15 Kmpl. This MPI Active trim has all the features that are standard in the TDI Active variant.

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  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 MPI Ambition Plus

    This MPI Ambition Plus trim comes with all the comfort and safety features that are available in the TDI Ambition Plus variant.

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  • Skoda Rapid Ultima 1.6 MPI Ambition Plus

    This Ultima 1.6 MPI Ambition Plus trim comes with a special package, which includes rear parking sensors, textile floor mats, door sill moldings, a set of alloy wheels, seat covers, portable navigation device along with roof and side foils. Apart from these, the rest of the aspects are similar to the MPI Ambition Plus trim.

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  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 MPI Elegance

    The comfort aspects of this MPI Elegance trim includes climatronic automatic air conditioning system, front passenger seat adjustment for rear seat and storage pockets behind the front seats. Other features are same as the ones available in the MPI Ambition Plus variant.

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  • Skoda Rapid Ultima 1.6 MPI Elegance

    The company is offering this Ultima 1.6 MPI Elegance variant with distinct features including an advanced portable navigation device, rear parking sensors, textile based floor mats, premium seat covers, a set of stylish alloy wheels, roof and side foils and door sill moldings. Apart from these, the remainder of the functions are similar to the existing MPI Elegance trim.

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  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 MPI AT Ambition Plus

    Powering this variant is the same 1.6-litre MPI petrol power plant. This engine is coupled with an advanced 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox with tiptronic manual gear changing. This automatic version can produce a peak mileage of 14.3 Kmpl, which is decent. It comes with all the safety, comfort features that are available in the MPI Ambition Plus variant.

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  • Skoda Rapid Ultima 1.6 MPI AT Ambition Plus

    This variant comes with the same specifications like the MPI AT Ambition Plus trim, while it comes with the features that are equipped in the Ultima Ambition Plus variant.

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  • Skoda Rapid 1.6 MPI AT Elegance

    Apart from the six speed automatic transmission gearbox, all the other safety and comfort features of this trim are same as the MPI Elegance variant.

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  • Skoda Rapid Ultima 1.6 MPI AT Elegance

    This limited edition Elegance trim is powered by the same 1.6-litre MPI engine that is coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox. On the other hand, it comes with added interesting aspects like rear parking sensors, premium seat covers, a sturdy set of alloy wheels, an advanced portable navigation system, roof and side foils, door sills, textile based floor mats with Ultima badging.

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Mileage

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Editor's take : 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.

 

Skoda Rapid is available in two trims-Petrol and Diesel engine options. As per the engine specs, the new Skoda Rapid will return fuel economy of 12-14kmpl with the petrol automatic versions. The manual version is able to deliver 12 kmpl in the city and 16 kmpl on the highways . The Diesel engine returns 13.4 kmpl under extreme driving conditions; while around 16 kmpl is possible in routine running.

Power of Skoda Rapid

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Editor's take : The power produced by the petrol and diesel engines is the same on paper, but the performance of the diesel is much better. It comes with a 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engine options. The 1.2-litre petrol isn’t available on the Rapid, like the Vento. It has automatic on the 1.6-litre petrol only.

 

As such there are no technical upgrades done to the new Skoda Rapid, and thus one can find the same 1.6L TDI diesel and a 1.6L MPI petrol engine with similar displacement under the bonnet of Skoda Rapid. The diesel motor is able to churn103.5bhp of power at 4400rpm and a maximum torque of 250Nm at 1500-2500 rpm. On the other hand, the petrol car has a maximum power of 103.5bhp at 5250rpm and a maximum torque of 153Nm at 3800rpm. The engine power of Skoda Rapid will be transferred to the wheels with the help of a five speed manual gearbox. A six speed automatic transmission option is also available with the petrol models.

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Colours

Colors available with all variants of Skoda Rapid
  • Flash Red
  • Candy White
  • Deep Black Pearl
  • Brilliant Silver
  • Cappuccino Beige

Acceleration & Pick-Up

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Editor's take : The acceleration of the petrol and diesel are good, especially the diesel. The latter is definitely the most the fuel-efficient one.

 

The Rapid gets superior and effortless acceleration and faster pick up due to the powerful engine producing phenomenal torque. An acceleration of 0 – 100 kmph is claimed to reach in 12.4 seconds . The manual gearbox also adds to the smoother acceleration of the car. The diesel powered Skoda Rapid acceleration is little less than the petrol one but it is said to be smoother in the city due to its high torque at low rpm. The adrenaline pumping is done by the automatic petrol variant. The petrol and diesel Rapid cars are expected to have a top speed of around 170-185 kmph.

Skoda Rapid Exteriors

Skoda Rapid Exterior

Skoda Rapid’s distinctly fresh, young, smart and clear-cut design makes Rapid a well-balanced car and therefore successfully fills the gap between Skoda Fabia and the current Skoda Laura. Skoda Rapid exteriors have been designed keeping in view the expectations of Indians for their cars especially a sedan. Despite the fact that the vehicle shares the same heart with Volkswagen Vento, it incorporates some features which make it look tad different from the Vento. Rather, a very noticeable part in the sedan is its resemblance to Skoda Fabia from the front. The stretched headlamps looks similar to Fabia but are actually a bit varied and no panel has been divvied up with the Fabia and are larger than the latter’s. The swept back headlamps are aerodynamically designed with halogenlighting and can be manually leveled. The grille resembles typical Skoda’s face which has done duty since ages now, while the horizontal forms making the Rapid feel the gravity. The centre grille also has a chrome strip that runs across the front and the typical Skoda spines in black under the band forms the exemplary nose for the Rapid. There is also a prominent and wide air dam on the lower half of the front body color bumper. The square-shaped fog lamps also dressing the front are similar to those found on the Fabia, when viewed head on.

The side profile on the Rapid is very similar to the VW Vento and the waistline can be accorded as very elegant and pleasing. Tinted window frames, body colored door handles, a roof antenna and body color wing mirrors, now becoming very common features in a sedan adorns the mid (Skoda Rapid Ambition) and top (Skoda Rapid Elegance) variants. There is a gloss-black décor on the B pillar of door. The rear quarter glass that is nicely angled on the vehicle is inspired from VW Vento. The Rapid sports 5-spoke alloy wheels, representing typical Skoda in design and not matching the Vento’s 7-spoke alloy wheels. The base variant is devoid of alloy and manages steel wheels. The rear of the Rapid receives a pair of refreshed tail lamps that have a kind of `C` glow on the brake lamps when in action. High level LED is used in the third brake lights. The rear windscreen gets defogger with timer. The boot lid gets an angular press, looking like two dents on prism shaped insertions; on both sides of the number plates rendering the rear a different look. The rear bumper with a clean appearance has the rear park sensors that have become a norm in this segment. Overall, Skoda Rapid has classy and elegant exteriors. In order to distinguish it from its hatchback junior, it has been designed afresh however, people may find some similarity with its hatchback junior Fabia.
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As it is based on the Indian needs, Skoda Rapid is compact in size so that it can easily maneuver through even the busiest streets in India. The Rapid is positioned as a family car, compact enough for the city and spacious enough for longer trips. It is more than four meters in length and is with a ground clearance of 168 mm and has a turning circle radius of 10.6 m. The dimensions are as follows: length of the car- 4386mm, width 1699mm, height 1466mm, and wheelbase of 2552mm .
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Skoda Rapid Interior

Skoda Rapid Interior

Editor's take : Build quality, touch and feel of the plastics on the Rapid are good and live up to Skoda’s brand expectations. The space is also sufficient in both the rows and even the boot is large. The only thing, we wish was added are the extra bells and whistles.

 

Skoda Rapid caters to Indians and the interiors fulfill all desires of an upper-middle class buyer. At a starting price of Rs 8.04 lakh, the updated Rapid features almost every necessary feature into it, and the interiors are highly comfortable and satisfying. The dashboard, switch gear, aircon vents, climate control unit, power windows switches and pretty much everything else is a straight lift out of the VW’s Vento. While the newly added features include steering mounted controls, that lifts up the practicality aspect of the sedan. Along with this, company even went for an advanced audio system to cater the entertainment need of the passengers and provided, music system with USB, Aux-in, MP3, SD card slot and Bluetooth connectivity . To upscale the ambiance, the company has introduced quite a few elements with leather covering to them. The steering wheel comes wrapped with leather, and gear-shift selector and hand brake lever also comes wrapped in leather.

The Rapid acquires a dual tones of Mocca and Ivory, which enhances the plush feel and makes it look capacious. While the dash gets a nice dark and light beige color that renders a classy and very eye-catchy looks. It can be said the interiors of Rapid are made with a perfect balance of comfort, luxury and space. Height and telescopic adjustment features in steering are standard on all the variants of Rapid. Some parts such as the steering wheel and instrument cluster are found to be carried over from the Fabia. The highly informative instrument cluster has two dials reflecting green back light from within. Inside the dials, the green lit needles add to the charm of instrument panel. The entire tell-tale trip computer in the middle includes the digital fuel meter, clock, distance to empty (DTE) and trip meters. The slightly angled center console not only helps the driver to focus but also adorns the dashboard beautifully.

The AC vents can be opened and closed individually. Under the music system is the single zone climate control unit. Automatic climate control is present on the top-end Elegance model. A 12 V power socket in centre console increases the usability and practicality of Rapid. The gear shifter on the Rapid automatic and the manual gets different gear stalk as compared to the VW Vento. The large sized glove -box in Rapid gets a shutter constructed of superior plastic. Dust and pollen filter and electrically adjustable ORVMs are fixed in Rapid. Safety and comfort besides feature-rich interiors will be a plus point for Skoda Rapid. It has a seating capacity for five people with seats having lumbar support. The Ivory fabric upholstery is standard on all variants, which looks decent and elegant. The driver’s seat is provided with height adjustment and a height adjusting center arm rest with a little bit of storage space beneath is also added. The front seats are comfortable and well cushioned while the rear seats get a firm cushioning, a foldable center arm rest and height adjustable headrests. The rear passengers can enjoy two AC vents that are placed behind the center console in between the front two seats. The Rapid interiors look mesmerizing with manual dimming inside mirror, reading centre lights in front and reading spot lamps at rear along with illumination of luggage compartment. The Rapid has got cup holders at both rear and front flip frame, storage compartment in the front center console, while the top variant comes with storage pockets on the backrest of front seats. The Skoda Rapid cabin made of very high quality plastics and switches/knobs etc gives a nice bright feel.

Interior Comfort :

Skoda Rapid takes care of the interior comfort, as it has been created keeping the Indian customer in mind and places the sedan strongly in the extremely important C segment. In order to make it conditioned to Indian roads, Skoda has put in some stunning comfort features inside Skoda Rapid. In all, it is much spacious with comfortable seating for five people and an armrest at the front as well as in the middle of the rear seats. The front seats and rear seats are comfortable and well cushioned. Along with height adjustable driver seat, to make more convenient for the driver the steering wheel comes with height and length adjustable feature to it. Outside mirrors get electric adjustments on all models. A multi-function display (MFD) giving information about travelling time, distance travelled, average speed, immediate consumption, average consumption, travel distance before refueling, service interval, outside temperature and clock does it s duty. The rear passengers will also get 2 manually adjustable AC vents placed on the rear center console in between the front two seats. The Rapid gets reading/cabin lights in the front and rear. The boot lid can be released by a remote control.

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The rear seat has decent legroom and the rear passenger can extend it by simply adjusting the front seat from the rear seat by an ergo-lever. Head room at the rear is just about adequate for tall passenger. However, the boot space is 460 liters and is more than adequate. Despite its compact size, Skoda Rapid has enough headroom, legroom and shoulder room at the front and even for the rear passengers.

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Engine and Performance

Editor's take : The 1.6-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. We recommend the diesel version of the Rapid for its sheer pleasure and economy.

 

The Skoda Rapid comes with a 4 cylinder power-plant lineup similar to the VW Vento. Talking about the Skoda Rapid engine specifications, two engine types are on the offer-petrol and diesel. The Diesel Skoda Rapid variant machinery is powered by a 1.6 litre TDi unit that makes 103.6bhp of power @ 4400rpm with 250Nm of torque @1500-2500rpm on it while the Skoda Petrol Rapid variant gets a 1.6 litre MPI unit that also makes 103.6bhp of power @ 5250rpm but produces different torque of 153Nm @ 3800rpm on tap. This engine also duties the Skoda Fabia and VW Polo. The engines follow BSIV emission norms. The diesel engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox while the petrol guise gets the automatic 6-speed transmission with Tiptronic manual gear changing option along with a 5-speed manual one. Both the engines having 16 valves in total are placed transversely in front confirming that Skoda Rapid runs on a front wheel drive.

The turbocharged TDi unit is highly refined and the in-cabin insulation is really good. The gear shift is precise however, gear ratios are found to be slightly different to that of the Volkswagen Vento’s. Power delivery on the Diesel Skoda Rapid is quicker and has a linear spirit to it. The overall driving experience will be composed and the Rapid feels calm and relaxed while turning at sharp bends. At 1600 rpm, the diesel guise takes ultimate pick-up with 3 passengers and has enough punch right upto the 5000 rpm. This suggests that most of the power lies in the middle and more so in the high end of the rev meter. Not much downshifts are needed while driving the Skoda Rapid diesel. The diesel engine is the complete show-stopper and completely overshadows its petrol counterpart. An automatic version on the diesel variant also may come in future. The 1.6 litre MPI petrol Skoda Rapid also has a good refinement level on it. Apart from the 5-speed manual gearbox, the 6-speed automatic gearbox is quite savvy and ratios nicely spaced out, you also have a manual tiptronic option on it just for those who want to be in command of the gear shifting.

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Stereo & Accessories

Skoda Rapid Accessories

Editor's take : The Rapid gets a music system with Bluetooth, aux and USB connectivity, alloy wheels in the range topper. It also has steering mounted audio controls and even projector headlamps on the Elegance model, which is the top-of-the-line variant. The 2014 model even has leather seats as a standard fitment.

 

Now across all the variants, there is an advanced 2-DIN Skoda audio player with USB , Aux-In and Bluetooth connectivity. The steering mounted controls makes it easy to access them, and thus enhances the practicality of the sedan. There is also an auxilliary audio input for poratble media players and SD/MMC data card reader with the refreshed Rapid. A total of four speakers –front and rear do their duties on this variant. A 12 V power socket in centre console increases the usability and practicality of Rapid. The Rapid has a lot of storage bins spread across the cabin area, door pads get bottle holders on the front and the rear. Front and rear cup-holders with flip frame lend space for keeping liquid dishes. The rear parcel shelf is given but it is quite high owing to which one can’t turn around to see during reversing. There are folding roof handles and a coat hook is affixed on rear roof handles and B-Pillars. Vanity mirror in front left sun visor and retaining strip on driver sun visor is present. Storage compartment in centre console and rear armrest is also given. Lights-on acoustic signal and storage pockets on backrest of front seats in Skoda Rapid Elegance are further accessories in Skoda Rapid.

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Wheels

Skoda Rapid Wheels

The sideline of Skoda Rapid looks amazing with 5-spoke alloy wheels, which are typical Skoda in design, unlike the 7-spoke alloys in Vento. The Rapid drives on 185/60 R15 Apollo Acelere tyres . However, the Skoda Rapid Active comes fitted with 14” steel wheels with Comoros full wheel cover. Dual rate Brake assist and ABS ensures less wear and tear of tyres and instant braking system.

Braking & Handling

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Editor's take : 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.

 

Braking on the Skoda Rapid Diesel and Skoda Rapid Petrol is precise and spot on, aided by ABS and Brake Assist that ensures that things fall in place. The front wheels of Skoda Rapid come with Disc Brakes while its rear wheels have drum brakes. The brake dust on the alloy wheels will personify the hard work the brakes had put through on Skoda Rapid. Experts suggests that the ride on Skoda Rapid is stiffer at low speeds over broken roads but gradually soften up as one got to speed on the highways. The Suspension setup on the Rapid is also a bit different as compared to the Vento. Front MacPherson strut suspension with stabilizer bar and rear semi-independent type trailing arm shocker suspensions are used in Skoda Rapid. The suspension soaks up most of the seiches on the road with only the major jerks being felt inside the cabin. Decent ground clearance keeps most of the humps at bay with the chassis only scraping over-the-board speed-breakers. Skoda cars are known for built quality and handling and the Rapid is a childsplay. In this case, as already mentioned, the Rapid is technically a Vento in Skoda guise as both share the same underpinnings, engine and gearbox. The power steering has shed some weight compared to Vento, making it more practical for city chores. Both its length and height can be easily adjusted. Skoda Rapid manages to take high speed turns with reassuring confidence and does fairly well on the twisting roads. The new sedan comes powered with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic BrakeForce Distribution system and dual rate brake assist.

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Safety and Security

Editor's take : The Rapid gets dual airbags and ABS in the top of the line variant.

 

The Skoda Rapid gets driver and passengerairbags, ABS and Brake Assist, Engine Immobilizer , Height adjustable 3 point seat belts, high stop LED center brake lights as standard equipment in top end Elegance. Seeing that audio player is the main equipment susceptible to theft, the car maker has locked it with a security code in this model. However, Skoda is offering ABS and driver side airbag on the Ambition variant, which is a very smart move. In addition, Rapid Ambition also gets front and rear fog lamps and dual rate Brake assists along with remote control functions on foldable keys, doors, windows and boot lid. Talking about Skoda Rapid the safety features in base Active variant, one would get high-level LED third brake light, Anti-glare interior rear view mirror, a defogger with timer on rear windshield, two 3-point outer seatbelt and centre lap belt at rear in addition to 3-point seatbelts at front, rough road package, child-proof rear door and rear window locking, door-ajar warning indicator, emergency triangle in the luggage compartment and dual tone horn.Engine immobilizer with floating code and central door locking is also added as security features in Skoda.

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Pros & Cons

Skoda Rapid Pros :

1. The interiors of the sedan are seemingly spacious

2. The extensive feature list makes it a value for money deal

3. Contemporary looks are also one of its strongest points.

 

Skoda Rapid Cons :

1. They have improved but still the poor after sales service of Skoda backfires its products 

2. Rapid is slightly on the higher pricing side

3. The rear seats are only good for two people and employing third one calls for cramps

 

Skoda Rapid Specifications

Variants Transmission Engine Description Mileage Power AC Power Steering Central Locking
City Highway
1.6 TDI Active
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Manual 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
17.0 20.5 103.5bhp @ 4400rpm Standard Standard Standard
1.6 TDI Ambition Plus
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Manual 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
17.0 20.5 103.5bhp @ 4400rpm Standard Standard Standard
Ultima 1.6 TDI Ambition Plus
(Diesel)
Manual 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
17.0 20.5 103.5bhp @ 4400rpm Standard Standard Standard
1.6 TDI Elegance
(Diesel)
Manual 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
17.0 20.5 103.5bhp @ 4400rpm Standard Standard Standard
Ultima 1.6 TDI Elegance
(Diesel)
Manual 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
17.0 20.5 103.5bhp @ 4400rpm Standard Standard Standard
1.6 MPI Active
(Petrol)
Manual 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
12.0 15.0 103.5bhp @ 5250rpm Standard Standard Standard
1.6 MPI Ambition Plus
(Petrol)
Manual 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
12.0 15.0 103.5bhp @ 5250rpm Standard Standard Standard
Ultima 1.6 MPI Ambition Plus
(Petrol)
Manual 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
12.0 15.0 103.5bhp @ 5250rpm Standard Standard Standard
1.6 MPI Elegance
(Petrol)
Manual 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
12.0 15.0 103.5bhp @ 5250rpm Standard Standard Standard
Ultima 1.6 MPI Elegance
(Petrol)
Manual 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
12.0 15.0 103.5bhp @ 5250rpm Standard Standard Standard
1.6 MPI AT Ambition Plus
(Petrol)
Automatic 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
11.0 14.3 103.6bhp @ 5250rpm Standard Standard Standard
Ultima 1.6 MPI AT Ambition Plus
(Petrol)
Automatic 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
11.0 14.3 103.5bhp @ 5250rpm Standard Standard Standard
1.6 MPI AT Elegance
(Petrol)
Automatic 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
11.0 14.3 103.5bhp @ 5250rpm Standard Standard Standard
Ultima 1.6 MPI AT Elegance
(Petrol)
Automatic 1598cc
4 Cylinder 16 Valve
11.0 14.3 103.5bhp @ 5250rpm Standard Standard Standard

Skoda Rapid Price

Variants New Delhi Bangalore Mumbai Chennai Pune Hyderabad Kolkata
1.6 TDI Active
(Diesel)
8,26,472 8,41,165 8,47,473 8,41,165 8,10,979 8,41,165 8,49,324   Get On Road Price  
1.6 TDI Ambition Plus
(Diesel)
9,06,813 9,22,934 9,29,834 9,22,934 8,89,793 9,22,934 9,31,888   Get On Road Price  
Ultima 1.6 TDI Ambition Plus
(Diesel)
9,40,788 9,57,513 9,65,338 9,57,513 9,23,768 9,57,513 9,66,467   Get On Road Price  
1.6 TDI Elegance
(Diesel)
9,61,324 9,78,414 9,85,716 9,78,414 9,43,269 9,78,414 9,87,905   Get On Road Price  
Ultima 1.6 TDI Elegance
(Diesel)
9,97,661 10,15,397 10,23,688 10,15,397 9,79,606 10,15,397 10,24,888   Get On Road Price  
1.6 MPI Active
(Petrol)
7,09,930 7,22,551 7,28,001 7,22,551 6,96,652 7,22,551 7,29,560   Get On Road Price  
1.6 MPI Ambition Plus
(Petrol)
7,99,181 8,13,389 8,19,496 8,13,389 7,84,207 8,13,389 8,21,279   Get On Road Price  
Ultima 1.6 MPI Ambition Plus
(Petrol)
8,33,156 8,47,968 8,55,000 8,47,968 8,18,182 8,47,968 8,55,858   Get On Road Price  
1.6 MPI Elegance
(Petrol)
8,59,017 8,74,289 8,80,837 8,74,289 8,42,906 8,74,289 8,82,770   Get On Road Price  
Ultima 1.6 MPI Elegance
(Petrol)
8,95,355 9,11,272 9,18,810 9,11,272 8,79,244 9,11,272 9,19,753   Get On Road Price  
1.6 MPI AT Ambition Plus
(Petrol)
8,96,940 9,12,886 9,19,714 9,12,886 8,80,109 9,12,886 9,21,741   Get On Road Price  
Ultima 1.6 MPI AT Ambition Plus
(Petrol)
9,30,915 9,47,465 9,55,218 9,47,465 9,14,084 9,47,465 9,56,320   Get On Road Price  
1.6 MPI AT Elegance
(Petrol)
9,55,583 9,72,571 9,79,830 9,72,571 9,37,636 9,72,571 9,82,006   Get On Road Price  
Ultima 1.6 MPI AT Elegance
(Petrol)
9,91,920 10,09,555 10,17,802 10,09,555 9,73,973 10,09,555 10,18,989   Get On Road Price  
Skoda Rapid prices were updated on June 25, 2014
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  • As we bid good-bye to the Ford Fiesta, the Skoda Rapid makes it way into our long-time garage.  The Rapid is Skoda’s new entry-level sedan that was based on the Polo platform and is available with petrol and diesel options. We picked up the diesel version of the Skoda Rapid due to our intensive travelling. Read further to know about our experience with the Skoda Rapid.  ...
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  • Worst experience of Skoda Rapid
    By v.v.joglekar | |883 Views
    6 people found it helpful.
    Look and Style of Skoda Rapid is good. Even the comfort level is good along with a nice pickup. Mileage seemed to me just satisfactory. Dear Sir, I bought Skoda Rapid on 24th May 2014 from VIIRAAJ SKODA PUNE. After going through available brands in market finally I decided to buy Skoda Rapid as it offered value for money. Here I did biggest mistake of my life. From day one my car has problem of 20 degree left pulling. If I go beyond speed of 60 k... read full review
  • Bad after sales service in Chandigarh
    By pulkit | |965 Views
    14 people found it helpful.
    I m particularly writing about Krishna Auto in Chandigarh. My car Chandigarh-2279, is with skoda body shop since last 20 days -Every time I called they said parts are coming. I even called skoda toll free customer support they were also not replying on this issue. If parts are not available even in skoda then whats the use buying such cars. Even the company is not able to provide the spare parts. Company claim themself to provide the best after s... read full review
  • Once again faced poor after sales
    By vignesh | |1190 Views
    12 people found it helpful.
    Dont buy skoda rapid with apollo tyres. they are using worst apollo tyres for high commision. tyre geting bubble within 1000kms. also all know the poor after sales suport from skoda. so you have to buy new tyre.... read full review
  • They are improved a bit.. but still long way to go..
    By ram | |999 Views
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    Look and Style: Above average.. Only Honda City and Hyundai Verna are better in looks. Comfort: Excellent. Pickup: Average. Mileage: 12 kmph MAXXXXXXX :( Best Features: Rear AC vent, all four one touch windows and rain sensing wipers. Needs to improve: Please remove manufacturing defects.. Improve after sale service..Overall Experience: After driving for 1 year now I also realized that it has no resale value as well.. I am fed up of Skoda staff a... read full review
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  • Skoda Rapid at lowest prices ever in Delhi NCR
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    If you live in Delhi NCR region, you can now own a Skoda Rapid diesel variant at the price of a petrol model. Yes, you heard it right. The base diesel Skoda Rapid 1.6 TDI Active is now offered at Rs 7.09 lakh, which is also the price of base petrol model. An advertisement published in the leading newspaper suggests that the manufacturer is offering its Rapid saloon at the price of petrol model. This exclusive offer is valid for four more days so hurry contact your nearest Skoda dealership now. To lure new buyers, the company is also offering assured gift vouchers on every test ride.

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  • Skoda India focusing on 2014 Rapid Face-lift
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    Skoda India, Czech automaker Indian counterpart is currently focusing on increasing the localization of the products without skimping on quality. The present line-up contributes to only 60 percent of the localization, further localization will reduce car costs, making them more competitive in the segment to tackle rivals like - Honda, Hyundai, etc.

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  • Skoda announces Free Pollution Check on 5th June 2014
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    Skoda Auto India in association with Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has announced a 'Free Pollution Check' program on World Environment Day on June 5th, 2014. Through this green initiative, the company looks forward to spread awareness on some environment polluting factors. The “Free Pollution Check” could be done at any ŠKODA dealership across the country.

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  • How is the performance of Skoda Rapid?

    Skoda Rapid is basically a rebadged Volkswagen Vento, the car gets the same 1.6-litre MPI petrol and 1.6-litre TDI diesel motors. The Diesel Skoda Rapid’s 1.6 litre TDi unit that develops a m ...read more

  • What are the safety features in Skoda Rapid?

    The Skoda Rapid comes with an array of safety features, which insures the safety of the occupants in accidents. New Rapid also gets driver and passenger airbags, height adjustable 3 point seat belt ...read more

  • Tell me the engine specifications of Skoda Rapid?

    Skoda Rapid uses the same mills that of the Volkswagen Vento, so the Skoda Rapid engine specifications are similar to the latter. Just like VW Vento, two engine types are on the offer-petrol and di ...read more

  • How many colours are available in Skoda Rapid?

    The Skoda Rapid is available in 5 different colours namely Cappuccino Beige, Candy White, Flash Red, Brilliant Silver and Deep Black Pearl . Cappuccino Beige is the most popular colour with Skoda R ...read more

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