Skoda Rapid becomes new this festive season with and undoubtedly it is one of the best gifts from Skoda to Indian automobile industry. Skoda Rapid which has been making its presence from some time now which gets few tweaks in outer appearance and Transmission. Skoda rapid will take on Honda City which is ruling the Indian sedan segment since its very first launch with premium features and excellent performance. So, now we bring to you some facts which will make you clear about how this New Rapid is different from powerful Honda City.
Both the sedans share almost same competitive price range, New Rapid costs at 7.22-10.97 lakhs, the Honda City comes between the price range of 7.42-11.10 lakhs.
Also See : Visit Our Honda City FAQ section containing all small-yet-useful info altogether for your convenience
In its heart, New Rapid comprises of 1.6 L MPI petrol engine and 1.5 L TDI CR diesel engine with the developing output of 103.5bhp & 153Nm and 103.5bhp & 250Nm, respectively.
On the other side, the all new City is also well equipped with both diesel and petrol engines by having 1.5 liter i-DTEC diesel and 1.5 liter petrol engine which also produces the max power n torque of 99bhp & 200Nm and 117bhp & 145Nm, respectively.
While New Skoda Rapid is mated with 5-speed manual transmission (diesel & petrol) and 6-speed automatic transmission in petrol and the diesel engine is now equipped with 7 speed DSG automatic gearbox, the all new City has improved by offering 6-speed manual in diesel and 5-speed manual/automatic in petrol.
As per its fuel efficiency is concerned, Honda has already declared that this new Honda City’s diesel car is India’s most fuel efficient one. And no doubt, City petrol’s reports are already awesome on road and now company has also improved this fuel efficiency even in petrol unit.
Hence, the ARAI certified mileage figures are:
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In terms of specification Skoda Rapid is clearly lagging behind but new DSG gearbox is a good introduction from Skoda’s side.
Space & Dimension:
These five seater sedans are slightly differ in their measurements. While the City 2014 gets a little hike in its height, car boot and wheelbase length and now carries the new dimension of 4440mm x 1695mm x 1495mm along with wheelbase, ground clearance and boot space of 2600mm, 165mm Petrol AT: 510 liters, respectively.
The New Skoda Rapid is 4386mm in length, 1699mm in width and 1466mm in height and carry the wheelbase of 2552mm, car boot of 460 liters and clear height of 168mm.
Also See : Visit Our Scoda Rapid FAQ section containing all small-yet-useful info altogether for your convenience
Interior & Exterior:
Skoda is one of those brands which are known by its premium quality material, luxury features and hence same has been done with sedan Rapid. This trendy new sedan is designed with entire essential and premium features and justifies the badge of Skoda. This time around Skoda has introduced a black package which includes black headlamps, black alloy wheels, roof top, front grille and ORVM’s which looks eye pleasing.
While, Honda City is not only sharing the entire features of its predecessor but also gets many more. The added premium equipments in the City 2014 are modified dashboard in black along with USB, Aux-in, Bluetooth connectivity etc, also blue surrounded instrument cluster, smoothly touched Ac controls, cruise control & engine start/stop push, Ac vents at rear seats and many more. In short, this luxury sedan has been more luxuriant with this new launch.
So, if we compare these two cars on the grounds of its luxury and build quality Skoda Rapid has surely an upper hand but appearance wise muscular look of Honda City is much more likeable than new Rapid though black package is a good thing but you have to pay extra bucks to get that package that’s the disadvantage for Rapid.
In ride and handling segment new City has improved and it can be good for city drivability but for highway throttle Rapid is a better choice. Honda i-Dtec engine can rev only up to 4400rpm while in Rapid, Hyundai and VW can easily cross 5000 rpm. Overtaking and cruising at three digit speeds is not a problem in new City but Rapid is ted quicker it can reach 100 km mark in 3.3 seconds quicker than City diesel.
New City’s steering wheel is now more responsive and accurate but still it misses the feel of Rapid’s steering wheel. Major drawback in previous GEN City was the high NVH level which unfortunately has been repeated in new City diesel as well, outside noise is quite audible in the cabin especially during higher speeds. On the contrary new Rapid TDI is much quieter than the previous GEN 1.6L TDI though it becomes louder at high rpms, not as much as new City. During higher speeds Rapid behaves much more maturely than new City in terms of corner control and handling but new Honda city is not that bad either.
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