Skoda Rapid Performance & First Drive

Skoda Rapid Overview

At first, it is difficult to comprehend why Skoda is crying out hoarse over the ‘new’ Rapid. Sure, it looks new – at least from the front – and has some interesting features added to it, but let’s face it: this is a five-year-old car. Look closely though and you will find that the Rapid, especially in the drivetrain configuration we have tested here, is still one of the best sedans you can have for the price.

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The Skoda Rapid facelift is also significant for the company in India – Skoda India was involved in almost every facet of the development of this car. From the conceptualisation, to the pre-production planning, localisation of parts, production and after-sales service – Skoda India has made many changes to the Rapid to make it more competitive in the market. Skoda Rapid price range in India is between 9,84,518 to 15,93,314, check for detail pricing of Skoda Rapid in Carzprice.

Skoda Rapid Design

New Skoda Rapid 2017 gets a new front end which is the main cosmetic change in this car. The front grille looks identical to the Octavia and Superb and now looks like part of the new Skoda family. The headlamps are sharp and they get projectors. They even have smoked effect to make it look sporty. The hood also gets a new design with changes in lines to match the new grille. A new front bumper and even a redesigned rear bumper are other changes. The tail lamps on the New Skoda Rapid 2017 have got a design tweak too. They continue with the C-shape look, however other aspects have been changed.

Skoda Rapid Cabin

The dashboard is identical to the earlier Rapid’s, which in turn is shared with the VW Vento. The dash design is restrained, but everything is where you expect it to be. Taking centre stage is a new large and reasonably crisp 6.5-inch touchscreen that comes with USB, AUX and Bluetooth support as well as MirrorLink connectivity. Other new equipment include rain-sensing wipers and electronically-folding exterior mirrors, which help bridge the gap between the Rapid and better-equipped rivals. Skoda’s trademark ‘clever features’ are manifest in the form of a cardholder clip in the centre console to hold all your toll passes and the likes.

Other notable equipment include a tilt-and-telescopic steering adjust, automatically-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, cooled glovebox, climate control, rear AC vent, one-touch power windows and remote-controlled opening and closing of windows. Certain features are prominently missing, though, such as a rear camera and an engine start/stop button.

The Rapid is reasonably comfortable to sit in. The front seats are generally comfortable, with side-bolstering to hold you in place, and a large-enough seat cushion to support your thighs. Their lumbar section, however, feels a bit hollow and might irk you on longer drives. The rear seats are firm and supportive, offering adequate thigh support and legroom and good amounts of knee room; you won’t get the same sense of space as rivals like the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz, though. Frontal visibility for rear passengers is also not the best on account of the large front seats. However, the provision of a front, as well as rear armrest, is appreciated. Check for Skoda Rapid  in painpeters.com

The Rapid’s 460-litre boot is not the roomiest in its segment, and the protruding wheel arches make it less-than-ideally shaped. However, the loading lip is wide and low, offering easy access. The lack of a boot-open button on the boot itself is slightly annoying – a little button inside the driver’s door needs to be yanked every time the boot has to be opened, though it is nice that the spring-loaded lid opens fully.

Skoda Rapid Performance

The New Skoda Rapid 2017 gets changes to the engine too. The 1.6-litre petrol is the same though, with its five-speed manual and six-speed automatic. The engine churns about 103bhp of power and 150Nm of torque.The 1.5-litre diesel now gets a 108bhp version of the engine which is more fuel-efficient and at the same time has even better performance. This engine is mated to a five-speed manual and it also gets a seven-speed dual clutch (automatic) transmission. The New Skoda Rapid 2017 new diesel engine is also being shared with the Volkswagen Ameo.These are ARAI claimed figures. We will share the real world mileage after we drive it for a while and do a proper mileage run.

Skoda Rapid Rideing

The Rapid has a confidence-boosting ride – the steering has minimal feedback but it is not vague, the pedals are well spaced out, the suspension is pliant but not overtly soft. Over broken tarmac, the Rapid diesel AT does seem to ride a bit harsher, this was also evident during our first drive. At higher speeds, the Rapid feels very stable with minimal body roll around corners. Couple this ride with the fast engine-transmission combo and you have a car that can eat off kilometres without any hassle. Being front-wheel driven, the car does understeer when you try to push too hard (and it is easy to do that), but the loss in traction is avoided thanks to the car being offered with an electronic stability control system.

Skoda Rapid Safety

The Rapid is offered with dual front airbags as standard, the front and rear headrests are adjustable and there are three-point seatbelts for four passengers. Front disc brakes, ABS, EBD also add an additional layer of safety.​The New Skoda Rapid 2017 comes with features such as cruise control. It also gets a MirrorLink touchscreen infotainment system, which is available only in the top variant. The system has AUX, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. Automatic climate control is also offered on this sedan. On the safety front, ABS and dual front airbags are standard across all variants.

Skoda Rapid Price

Skoda Rapid On-Road Price in India ranges from 9,84,518 to 15,93,314 for variants Rapid 1.6 MPI Active Petrol and Rapid 1.5 TDI CR Style AT respectively. Skoda Rapid is available in 10 variants and 1 colours. Below are details of Skoda Rapid variants price in India. View offers on Skoda Cars from Skoda dealers in Hyderabad at Autozhop.

Skoda Rapid Verdict

The Skoda Rapid was always a good car overall and with the facelift it has got much better in terms of appeal and performance. The new features are good but it still has to catch up with competition. The new diesel engine is a great performer. Ride and handling dynamics still remain one of the best in class. Overall, the new Rapid is now a much more desirable car to buy, however, it does come at a premium price.If you are in the market for a good looking, well built, spacious, comfortable, reasonably well-equipped, powerful-but-efficient sedan which will be mainly driven on the highway – the Rapid 1.5 TDI AT is the car for you. If you are looking for city-centric diesel-automatic sedan though, there are better options.

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