Skoda Rapid is one of the best sedan car launched by Skoda. The updated version of Rapid has all the latest feature and caught good market in India. It comes in Petrol and Diesel both variants. It overtake most of car in its segment likes of Honda City, Renault Scala, Nissan Sunny, Ford Fiesta and Maruti Ciaz. Moreover, Skoda is offering a new 7-speed DSG automatic transmission paired with this new diesel mill, and all these goodies have come with a tag of around Rs.11 lakhs. It is one of the most famous automatic transmission car in India. You can also see top 10 widely popular sedan car in India. The Skoda gives warranty of 2 years or unlimited kilomteter warranty on it which can be extended at some extra amount and 3 year exterior paint as well. Here we are going to give you information about Skoda Rapid Diesel Model Review in Detail.
Skoda is one of the best famous car brand in Indian Automobiles Market. Its interiors are slightly tweaked to emphasize its fresh new appeal. Its dual tone dashboard is now integrated with a brand new steering wheel, which is also seen in Yeti and Octavia. Apart from this, all the other aspects have been retained from its earlier version. The Rapid also gets cruise control, traction control for the automatic variant, but doesn’t get leather upholstery or parking sensors. The feature list may seem incomplete without these two, but it is a very smart move on Skoda’s part. Both parking sensors and leather seats can be added as aftermarket fitments, while the cruise control is a big plus over its competitors. The car also features adjustable driver’s seat, tilt adjustable steering wheel, steering wheel mounted audio controls, rear A.C vents, rear center arm rest, rear parking sensors, Cruise control as standard. The top end Elegance trims are being equipped with advanced aspects like Climatronic automatic climate control unit a multi-information display and a Skoda Audio player with large format display. It is also available with a unique iOS5 and Android based application using which, the occupants can control the audio system.
This sedan is also incorporated with sophisticated safety features like dual front airbags, parking sensors and anti lock braking system. However, these aspects are available in Ambition Plus and Elegance variants only. Step inside the cabin and it is hard to spot any differences over the 2014 model introduced earlier, except for the automatic gearbox and the cardholder placed under the AC vents. This card holder is not to be mistaken for something that will hold your business card; it helps you place the toll cards; your parking passes for easy access at eye level. This slot helps you place the toll cards; your parking passes for easy access. Skoda endows great updated interiors on the new Rapid as well comprising of nice beige soft touch plastic trimmings on the central console, while the main dashboard plastic is rather rough and tough, premium new door panels and handles, electrical ORVMS and backlit door side switches.
The new Skoda Rapid facelift gets the same chassis which is essentially of a hatch turned into sedan long with the additional boot of the sedans. However, the Rapid looks very elegant and neat, with its added boot finely integrated into its body without any awkward look. Its bold character lines running throughout the length of its body makes it look muscular along with elegant touch, while its flared muscular wheel arches add to great looks. While introducing its refined version, the car maker has also rolled out the Skoda Rapid Black Edition, which hosts a series of exclusive cosmetics. It has high gloss black finish for its fog light console, alloy wheels, ORVM caps, B pillars and radiator grille. Furthermore, it also gets black finish for the window frames and headlight cluster, which gives it a distinct new look. The Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento though are close market rivals from different manufacturers, they look and feel like siblings. Apart from sharing the same new diesel engine, the new Rapid also looks similar to that of the new Vento. However, the Rapid does have its patent features in the form of new headlights, and its prism cut pattern beside rear number plate.
Its tail lights are again similar to that of the Vento’s. It gets new projector head lamps, new chrome front grille with a chrome band, and more prominent logo. The body panels, the bumpers, the fog lamps, the grille, and the mirrors, sans the headlamps and the new design alloy wheels. When the Rapid was launched it looked better than the Vento and it still looks better than the facelifted Vento, the car it is based on. Despite the lack of a comprehensive facelift, Skoda is offering its customers who want a little extra in the styling department the ‘Black Package’ as the company calls it. This isn’t a trim instead a dealer option with smoked headlamps, fog lamps, black alloy wheels, mirrors and black grille, the blackened roof and stickers are optional extras. Skoda has also announced a new Rapid Black edition with all black styling features including black ten spoke alloy wheels, black bezels for headlights and fog lamps, black ORVMS and an optional black roof.
The Rapid has a clear advantage over its competitors in this department with a good balance of ride and handling, better than the segment leader Honda City and the second best Hyundai Verna. It is a good highway cruiser and thanks to its sorted dynamics, it feels planted at high speeds, but does feel skittish at the limit. The steering is direct, but doesn’t offer sufficient feel while hard cornering. It handles well, although you can’t call it a great handling car. It is capable of taking turns in quick succession without breaking into a sweat or scaring the driver. It rides well over broken roads, and there is not much noise from the suspension either. However, while crossing bigger than usual speedbrakers the rear suspension emits a bassythunk. The Rapid truly shines in this department and feels surefooted at high speeds, it is a little firm at low speeds, but overall has a good balance of ride and handling.
This time around, the car maker has introduced a new 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine, which will be replacing the outgoing 1.6-litre TDI mill. It is made available with a five speed manual and a newly developed 7-speed DSG automatic transmission gear box, which will make it more competitive in its segment. On the other hand, it has retained the 1.6-litre MPI petrol engine, which is capable of producing 103.5bhp of power in combination with a peak torque output of 153Nm. The shifts are quick and smooth, the ratios are well thought of and there is some lag when you floor it out of the blue, but nothing that one will complain about. The manual mode lets the computers rest while the driver works through the gears, you can rev it close to redline in this mode, but it won’t let you stay there and will shift up if you hit the redline. The new Skoda Rapid’s new diesel 1.5 TDi motor is a slashed unit of the 1.6 mill, but offers the same power and torque figures of 104 bhp and 250 Nm respectively. The engine offers good drivability and handles rough roads and speed breakers pretty smoothly. The engine is lively and but it becomes rather noisy on low speeds. Its 7-speed DSG automatic transmission is really smooth.
The great performing engine also offers the high fuel efficiency of 21.14 km/pl for the manual model and 21.66kmpl for the automatic, which is remarkable, as the automatic’s efficiency is greater than the manual’s. This 7-speed DSG gearbox makes the most of this 1.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine’s 103bhp of maximum power and 250Nm of peak torque. The DSG gearbox is tractable in the city and equally responsive on the highway, the shifts are smooth and quick. Until now the Hyundai Verna was the only C-segment car to offer the option of an automatic car with a diesel engine, now it has competition. The drive was spread over two days and on the first day, I was a little eager to drive the 1.5 TDI mill with the five-speed manual box, but I got my hands on the 7-speed DSG gearbox first. My first impression after driving it was, why did they take so long to give us this brilliant transmission with the diesel engine? The new Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDi with its 7-Speed DSG AT transmission is really worth buying. Both the market rivals, Hyundai’s Verna and Tata Zest AMT are not smooth like the DSG transmission variant of the new Rapid.
Efficiency & Mileage Review
Skoda Rapid comes in sixteen variants, eight variants are in diesel engine and other eight variants are in petrol engine both deliver good mileage on city and highway road but diesel engine are more fuel efficient. The Rapid DSG has a claimed around 21 kmpl as compared to the manual car’s 20 kmpl (ARAI).
Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI Active (1498 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 21.14 kmpl and 17.25 kmpl in city.
Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI Ambition (1498 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 21.14 kmpl and 17.25 kmpl in city.
Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI Ambition Plus (1498 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 21.14 kmpl and 17.25 kmpl in city.
Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI Elegance (1498 cc, Manual, Diesel), gives mileage of 21.14 kmpl and 17.25 kmpl in city.
Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI Elegance Black Package (1498 cc, Manual), Diesel, gives mileage of 21.14 kmpl and 17.25 kmpl in city.
Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI AT Ambition Plus (1498 cc, Automatic, Diesel), gives mileage of 21.14 kmpl and 17.25 kmpl in city.
Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI AT Elegance (1498 cc, Automatic, Diesel), gives mileage of 21.14 kmpl and 17.25 kmpl in city.
Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI AT Elegance Black Package (1498 cc, Automatic, Diesel), gives mileage of 21.66 kmpl and 17.89 kmpl in city.
Skoda Rapid comes in all the latest features but Skoda fix its price very low as per its luxuries. The below list shows all the price rate for Skoda Rapid diesel variants. The price of it starting from Rs.8.4-11 Lac.
|Skoda Rapid Active||₹ 8.4 Lac|
|Skoda Rapid Ambition||₹ 8.7 Lac|
|Skoda Rapid Ambition Plus||₹ 9.4 Lac|
|Skoda Rapid Elegance||₹ 9.7 Lac|
|Skoda Rapid Elegance Black Package||₹ 9.9 Lac|
|Skoda Rapid AT Ambition Plus||₹ 10.5 Lac|
|Skoda Rapid AT Elegance||₹ 10.8 Lac|
|Skoda Rapid AT Elegance Black Package||₹ 11.0 Lac|
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