I Bought a Skoda Rapid TDI Style in december 2015,
The Skoda Rapid refresh has been rather lazy on the outside, with the new version’s styling being an exact clone of the model it replaces except for the newly designed 15 inch alloys. Lowly variants (Active, Ambition, Ambition Plus) now get 15 inch steel wheels, as compared to the 14 inch ones before. The new 15 inch alloys (Elegance) look the part though, with a smart, chiseled design. If you haven’t noticed already, the Rapid is actually a Vento with a Skoda face, which isn’t a bad thing, but one misses the old Octavia’s classic shape, reeking solidity. The refined proportions and sophisticated lines lend the Rapid handsomeness which makes it a difficult car to not like.
With the 2014 face-lift, there’s a new Black Edition Rapid also (above), which at Rs. 20,000 more, gets you smoked out headlamps, fog lamps with black surrounds, special 12 spoke black alloys, blacked-out grille and black ORVMs. That, along with the new “Flash Red” color scheme make the humble Skoda look positively wicked.
The variable geometry turbine (VGT) version of the 1.5 TDI diesel engine, seen first on the VW Polo, replaces the 1.6 TDI power-plant on the Rapid. While the displacement has been reduced by 100cc, there has been no change in the power and torque output. Peak power is rated at 103bhp as before and is produced at 4400 rpm. Peak torque remains unchanged too at 250Nm between a wide rev-band of 1500-2500 rpm. While the newly introduced DSG box has been hogging all the limelight, there’s also the good old 5 speed manual box that can be had for the Rapid.
With all that torque chirping in quite low in the power-band, the manual transmission is a fine tool to rein all of those Newton Meters at you own pleasure. Not that the DSG isn’t intuitive and predictable, but a stick is always more engaging. There is a perceptible lag, but that’s the how these turbo-diesels can be broadly characterized. Post 1800 clicks on the tachometer, the shove is quite enjoyable and playful. Even with a car loaded to the brim with humans and luggage, the Rapid’s strong power-plant packed quite a shove. As a tracking car for our Jaguar F-Type shoot, she tried to keep up as much as she could with that beautiful posterior.
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