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Skoda Rapid, car best suited for a middle class person

for 1.5 TDI Ambition

Please read it fully it will help you a lot. Hi, this review of the car will explain you all the aspects of the car and will also highlight the various difficulties faced in its maintenance. I will start by saying the looks of the car are average as it is a plain design with not much sharp lines and curves as you can find in cars of other companies such as Toyota and Honda and Hyundai, but nonetheless the exterior is of good quality steel and has sufficient strength. As we move into the interior we see the it might not be appealing as it is also plain but some bits and pieces have been incorporated in the 1.5 TDI as compared to 1.6 TDI which are cruise control, the black package still i would say SKODA has not compromised on quality of plastics used like the dashboard and steering wheel. But the major disadvantage felt is in the seats and the leg space which is cramped and the drivers left leg is resting on the panel( plastic) which becomes irritating if a long drive is meant to be done.As far as the seats are compared they are okay till the point you don't have to put seat covers but as they are mandatory for protection of orignal seat covers so it feels that person is sitting on a rock, but this problem could have been mitigated if there was more leg space for drivers. If we see the rear seats then we can see the there is a huge transmission tunnel going in the middle which makes it a problem for a third person to sit in the back, the a/c vents at the back can be just seen as vents as they are not so effective. Now i come to the driving part which is amazing as the car feels planted on the road and i personally think that if you want the comfort then you need to only drive it on highways( not the chaffeaur driven) because if you do it in cities where traffic is normal then you might need to get your left foot treated as the clutch is not smooth at all as compared to TATA, HYUNDAI,HONDA etc. But overall the driving is experience is excellent because the car feels planted on road and in full control of the driver at all times. Another thing to mention is that after 20000 kms there will be a slight problem in the steering which is that whenever you go in bumps and potholes the driver will actually feel them on steering and the sound will come, but that is natural in SKODA as it is a very heavy car. This characteristic of the car also has disadvantages that one might feel the need to throttle more on hills and especially when you have 5 people sitting in the car, it feels that you are really dragging the car but when you get used to it is feels non problematic. Lastly i come to the service part which is i think is a bit expensive as compared to the cars in this range. The service is not at all less then 8500 and the second service might be 11000/10000 and the third might be 14000. Also the accidental costs are not cheap, so i would like to share my experience which was that a RTV forgot braking and slowly came backwards and bumped in my front part of the car and the damage wad the headlight was broken little bit of bonnet was damaged and the bumper has to be repainted. The cost came to be 21000 but after insurance it was 7500. So i would recommend that you can either chose TATA /TOYOTA because these are the cars with low maintenance and good performance, and please consider the new cars by TATA not the old ones. I have driven almost all the cars of various companies like JAGUAR, BMW, AUDI, CHEVROLET, RENAULT NISSAN, SKODA, VOLKSWAGEN, MERCEDES-BENZ, RENAULT, TOYOTA, TATA. If you need any help you can email me on lakshay567@rediffmail.com.

On: Jul 02, 2016 | 886 Views
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