Skoda Rapid - Initial Expressions - Good Buy

By for Skoda Rapid 2011-2013 from New Delhi 2012-01-16 15:34:31.0
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  • Appearance
  • Performance
  • Comfort
  • Value For Money
  • Fuel Economy
  • Overall Satisfaction

Pros : Drivability,Slick gearing, Handling, Suspension, Braking and Mileage

Cons : No accessories - not even foot mats, engine noise at very high rpm - but that is kind of nice


Look and Style Exteriors of the car are nice. With front and rear fog lamps, the looks are great from the front. Though side and the back profile is kind of Vento-ish. Comfort The car comes with ABS, driver side airbag etc. which is good at this price. The car is quite spacious at the back with decent amount of rear legroom. The quality of the plastics in general is good and it gives a feel-good feeling. The only feature which is the lacking at this price is the lack of Audio equipment. If not the audio system, then at least a set of speakers at the front and the back should come as standard. The other point of concern is the raised back shelf which hinders the rear view while reversing. Pickup Engine & Performance- The engine is absolute silent at idle and one is hard pressed to know if the car is actually running. Skoda has done a good job at insulation though the engine is not that refined. The engine does get a bit coarse while revving hard but the power comes in linearly and the car is QUICK. Skoda has intentionally reduced the gear ratios and that is immediately evident. The car picks up speed right from 15-20kmph in the 3rd gear. What the reduced gear ratios has done is that it has given the vehicle great drivability and there is no need of frequent gear changes in the city. Gearbox- The car comes with one of the slickest gearboxes. The throw is precise and swift. Ride Quality and Handling - It is one of the best in the segments. The car is absolutely stable even in the speeds ranging 140-150kmph. It does a great job in masking speed. The steering is very light which is a boon in the city and weighs up nicely at high speeds inspiring confidence. Aided by ABS, the car is stable under hard braking. Mileage Currently the car is giving me 11.5kmpl in the city, which is predominantly stop and go traffic. Personally I think this is good. Best Features ABS, front and the rear arm rest, rear reading lights, one-touch up down power windows. Needs to improve Engine refinement. Overall Experience Initial expressions for the vehicle are good. Its just been a couple of thousand kms till now.  Lets see how it does in the long run.

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  • javal |01 Feb,2012 12:43:08 AM

    Hi Varun ! I am thinking to buy rapid for which i want suggestion from your side. Pls give me ur personal experience of rapid . mileage ? performance ? after sales service ? Yours faithfully

    Ritesh Madhok |12 Mar,2012 11:26:10 AM

    The Skoda Rapid is one of the better buys in the segment currently, especially the diesel varient.Running and service cost for Skodas have been reduced drastically over the hears due to local sourcing of spares and components as compared to imports previously.

  • Varun |02 Feb,2012 01:14:58 AM

    Hi Javal, i test drove quite a many vehicles before this...found this to be suited best for me as i have a mix of city and highway driving ... the performance of the vehicle is satisfactory ! why just satisfactory ...coz it lacks that punch of power which a honda city gives you! having said that, if you stretch the engine, the performance is brisk....the best part of the vehicle is the way it handles....just like fabia !! amazing straight line stability and extremely flick-able ! it has amazing capability of masking speed!! regarding the mileage ....1st tankful gave me 11.4 (city driving - stop and go traffic)...2nd tankful gave me 12.1(again city driving) .... 3rd tankful gave me 11.4(stop and go traffic) ..... on the 5th tankful - did a highway run...highway mileage dropped to 10.2 !! not surprising though as i did speeds of 160-170 types !! after sales service - unknown till now ... as the first service is due after 1 year ... or 15000kms !!

    Arun |03 Feb,2012 04:56:03 PM

    Hi Varun I am planning to buy a Skoda rapid diesel. Keeping price aside, if I drive a diesel 10-15km/day, would there be any problems with the engine or anything else? Also, with respect to the mileage that you have mentioned - Is that for a diesel or a petrol variant?

  • Varun |03 Feb,2012 05:46:28 PM

    HI Arun... the FE mentioned is that for a petrol rapid.......the number of kms u drive per day wont lead to any problems with the engine !! we have a cruze, had an innova earlier, the daily running of the vehicles is 5-6kms... had no issues till nw (touch wood :D) .... Cheers !

    Arun |03 Feb,2012 06:07:32 PM

    Hey Varun, Thanks a lot for that information - had decided skoda rapid bt was really confused wrt diesel engine issues. People scared me that if I dont drive the diesel for atleast 30-40kms/day, then the oil would get thick and create problems in the engine along with a high maintenance tag.

  • javal |11 Feb,2012 11:46:52 AM

    thanks varun for you feedback.

  • Mayura |28 Mar,2012 11:37:37 AM

    I m planning to buy new Skoda Rapid (diesel)... but confused with the review... People scared me that it is a very high maintenance car... the resale value is very less after 3-5 years... my daily average run is 100 km per day...

  • manish |20 Jun,2012 07:07:33 PM

    Hello, manish here my daily running is not there i remove car mostly once a week an my yearly km is around 6000-7000km so should i go for rapid petrol or any other better option.I also need to check the maintainace if it is high and the resale value of the car.Although what average it gives in city.

  • vikas |09 Jul,2012 11:58:50 PM

    Please join skoda india consumers page on facebook, we are also having many problems with rapid through moti nagar dealership and are planning to sue them in court. Please join hands with us!

  • Jitendra |20 Jul,2012 01:49:35 PM

    Hi Varun, i am planning to buy rapid in another 2 months. I have heard that AC is not effective in rapid or i t has some manufacturing defect, also wheel alignment problems in rapid. Did you feel the same in your case. Please reply .

    Varun |20 Jul,2012 02:09:19 PM

    Hi Jitendra, there are some issues with the AC... it is not that effective..but still it does the job in normal circumstances..its not the one which u can use in rajasthan where the temperature is often above 50.. but for moderately high temperatures in city, it is quite ok.. as for the wheel alignment... it is running ok(touchwood) till now... i guess the alignment issue is coming in the diesel rapid .... the one area of concern is that with luggage and 5 people on board....the suspension bottoms out( just the way it does on the civic) and the underbelly scraps even on the smallest of speedbreakers which is quite discomforting..

    Varun |20 Jul,2012 02:09:31 PM

    Hi Jitendra, there are some issues with the AC... it is not that effective..but still it does the job in normal circumstances..its not the one which u can use in rajasthan where the temperature is often above 50.. but for moderately high temperatures in city, it is quite ok.. as for the wheel alignment... it is running ok(touchwood) till now... i guess the alignment issue is coming in the diesel rapid .... the one area of concern is that with luggage and 5 people on board....the suspension bottoms out( just the way it does on the civic) and the underbelly scraps even on the smallest of speedbreakers which is quite discomforting..

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