Skoda after launching new Yeti has come up with new Rapid offering aggressive pricing, innovative idea of exterior package and new transmission system. Octavia is one of the bestselling car for Skoda in premium sedan segment but the problem arise for Skoda in entry level sedan, for that Skoda brought new Rapid with some changes. New Skoda Rapid will compete against Hyundai Verna, Honda city and Volkswagen Vento; now let’s see how new Skoda stands in front of these fierce competitors.
- Price of new Skoda Rapid is very competitive which starts at Rs. 7.22 lakhs which is less than its competitors like Hyundai Verna and Vento.
- Price of Top Variant of new Skoda Rapid ends at 10.97 Lakhs which is again less than its competitors which is plus point for Skoda Rapid.
- With the amount of features installed in new Skoda Rapid it is not at all a bad deal to invest your money in new Rapid.
Engine & Performance:
- New Rapid comes in two engine options- Petrol and Diesel but the main attraction is the introduction of new 1.5TDI Diesel engine which have seen in Polo and Vento.
- 1.5TDI diesel engine replaced 1.6L engine but you will not find any reduction in displacement.
- 1.5TDi engine produces 103.5BHP [email protected] and 250nm [email protected], number are not big for a sedan but not small either.
- Diesel engine is now equipped with 5 speed manual transmission and now it gets 7 speed automatic transmission which is smooth to function and which is available only in Diesel engine, Petrol engine is coupled with 5 speed manual gearbox.
- Automatic gearbox got two modes D and S, D is for swift part throttle and S is for sharper throttle response and there is cruise control option available in New Rapid for the first time.
- Now it is time to analysis the performance of new Skoda Rapid, ride and handling wise it’s just fabulous but after it passes 2200rpm mark.
- Early Version of Skoda Rapid had one main drawback of heavy clutch which is being solved by automatic transmission this time around.
- Petrol engine gives 15 KPL mileage while Diesel MT engine gives improved mileage of 21.14 KPL while Automatic diesel gives 21.66 KPL mileage but one can expect 18-19 KPL on road mileage.
- Steering wheel is nice and responsive and behaves well during the high speed and corners.
Space & Dimensions:
- Skoda Rapid is certainly the widest car among competitors like Honda city, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento with 1699mm wideness.
- Ground clearance of 168mm stands equal to the Vento and better than the Honda city and Verna.
- New Skoda Rapid offers 2552mm of wheelbase which is good and place Rapid equal to Vento but it falls short by 48mm to Honda City and 18mm by Verna.
- New Skoda Rapid Carries 460 liters of large boot capacity which is more than adequate for Sedan.
- You will find lots of storage space new Rapid like two bottle holder underneath the dashboard, side pockets at door, Two cup holders with rear A/C vents and front seat back pockets.
- New Skoda Rapid is no different from ongoing Rapid in terms interior except few minor changes and additions.
- New Skoda Rapid continues to display same two tone color scheme for the dashboard brown beige color scheme.
- Central console now gets 2 DIN music system with touchscreen display, navigation and multi function display like audio controls, MP3, AUX-IN =, USB etc.
- Steering wheel now gets sporty and gets mounted audio controls and cruise control buttons for the first time.
- Seats are comfortable and carry premium upholstery which is neatly designed and gives you adequate thigh support.
- Rear passengers get A/C vents with lot more cooling and two cup holders.
- On the whole the cabin ambience is great; finishing is neat, simple yet royal and luxurious.
- Exterior is not changed much like interiors with some minor tweaks and a brand new concept of black package by Skoda.
- Front and rear of New Skoda Rapid is same as current Rapid which may be disappointing for some of us.
- New Skoda Rapid comes up with black package which includes black 15 inch alloy wheels, black ORVM’s , black side pillars, black head lamps, black front and shiny black roof top which is a must buy because it looks eye soothing.
- Skoda is offering black package as option and charging some extra for that but according to us it should be made as standard rather than optional.
- Outer appearance is same besides the black package which is certainly a worthy introduction by Skoda.
- New Skoda Rapid comes with many safe features which ensure maximum safety for driver and occupants.
- Rapid comes with two airbags for driver and its co passenger at front seat which saves them during any crash and accident.
- It consist many safety features like ABS, front-rear defoggers, speed sensing and remote controlled lock-unlock system, central locking, 3 point seat belt pretensioners and reverse parking camera with assistance.
- New Skoda rapid carries some special features as well like supply cut off during crash or accident and over speed sensing door lock system.
Skoda Rapid has been sensational car since its launch but competition in this segment is so stiff with the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Vento that Rapid remains at side. But with the introduction of Automatic version which not only improves the performance of Rapid but also bring it next to the Verna with automatic gearbox. Black package makes Rapid design more appealing and eye catching especially with red color and aggressive price range just put icing on the cake.
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