Skoda Rapid, a quality sedan from the Czech automaker, has been a widely liked vehicle in India. The subcompact sedan, Rapid, is an extension of its hatchback origin, Skoda Fabia. The 2017 edition of the Rapid is slotted between the Fabia and the Octavia.
But do the specs and features justify the Skoda Rapid price? After the receiving the facelift recently, the newer version is a lot more than just being a subcompact sedan or an extension of a hatchback. Unlike the Swift Dzire and the likes, the Rapid is lot different and a lot feature-rich.
We are going to take you through each and every feature that the Skoda Rapid has on offer, and why you should be fascinated about this car when you compare it with the others.
The new design
The Skoda Rapid is built on Skoda’s crystalline design language. This marks it as a heritage product from the Czech car making giant. With the latest version of the Rapid sedan, you will get the company’s trademark front section with vertically slatted grille and the company’s logo on the top. It gets a strip of chrome bezel all around it. The tail section is flanked by bold character lines and the signature design elements that we have seen in Octavia.
New exterior designing
The front section of the new Skoda Rapid gets quartz cut projector headlamps, buttery shaped front grille, muscular bumper, trapezoidal fog lamps that are cladded on the front spoilers and jewel shadow LED DRLs (daytime running lights).
Wide range of variants
The new Skoda Rapid is available in three different trims – Active, Ambition and Style. However, including all, there are 10 different variants that you can choose from. For the Active trim, you can choose from 1.6-litre MPI and 1.5-litre TDi.
The people choosing the Ambition trim can choose among 1.6-litre MPI, 1.6-litre MPI AT, 1.5-litre TDi and 1.5-litre TDi AT.
Similarly, for the the Style trim, you get to choose from 1.6-litre MPI, 1.6-litre MPI AT, 1.5-litres TDi and 1.5-litre TDi AT. Automatic transmission is not available for both Ambition and Style trims but not on the base Active trim.
Up to date with safety
Safety wise, the Skoda Rapid is right on the money. It covers a wide range of safety features. Safety during emergency braking situations is boosted by the presence of ABS (anti-lock braking system). In places where you get a tight parking slot, the Parktronic sensor comes to the fore. Other safety features include ESC, Hill Hold Control, height adjustable seat belts and dual safety airbags.
Inside the Skoda rapid, you get a spacious and roomy surrounding with quality features at hands’ reach. You will get smartclip card holder, cup holders in the front as well in the back row, bottle holders on all the doors and a storage compartment even under the centre armrest on the front row.
Apart from these, you get a length and height adjustable steering wheel, automatic climate control with AC vents for both the rows and a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with MirrorLink technology.
The Skoda Rapid comes with both petrol as well as diesel options. However, Skoda seems to have fitted in the same 1.6-litre petrol engine that we have seen in the previous generation. The 1.6-litre petrol engine is capable of making a maximum power of 103 bhp and a peak torque of 153 Nm.
On the other hand, the 1.5-litre diesel engine is slightly reworked to produce more power. The power figures generated by the diesel motor tips around 108 bhp and 205 Nm torque.
The petrol trims of the Skoda Rapid returns with a very modest fuel economy. The manual transmission variants offer 15.4 kms per litre, while the automatic transmission mill offers 14.8 kms per litre mileage.
However, it the diesel trims that impress greatly in terms of efficiency and mileage. The manual diesel comes promises a mileage of 21.1 kms per litre while the automatic transmission returns with a greater 21.7 kms per litre economy.
For a brief period of time, the physical dimensions and aesthetics could even confuse you into considering the Rapid to be the much more superior.
The Skoda Rapid has never been this attractive before as much as it is with the new facelifted version. The overall design cues have been given a major leap as it bears very similar resemblance with the superior Skoda Octavia. The Rapid comes at a very competitive price tag or around Rs. 8.5 lakhs exclusive showroom, but this enough sounds to be more than justified for the features it provides are quite urban and up to the mark.