If you are looking for a premium quality sedan, then you can try out the Skoda Rapid. It is a beautiful looking car with great performance on the road along with innumerable safety and comfort features that allows the rider’s a pleasant ride.
Skoda has a good reputation in India and its latest facelift the Skoda Rapid has several new design tweaks that make it quite attractive to look at. It has quartz cut projector headlamp cluster, a uniquely designed muscular looking engine Grill with chrome surround and the big size hood has two character lines that have the badging of Skoda right at the point where it meets the engine Grill. This car has 15-inch alloy wheels under a slightly bulging wheel arches. The sloping roofline gives this car a fantastic side profile, which is further accentuated by a black embossing, provided on the B pillar and smart body coloured door handles the silver inserts. The ORVMs are electrically adjustable and come with turn lights. Just like the front, the side profile design of its back is also very sporty thereby making this very attractive car.
This is a five-seater sedan that brings a lot of comfort and safety features that will allow you to have a very memorable drive. Sitting on the front, you will find that the dashboard is very intelligently designed and it has a 6.5-inch infotainment screen right in the middle that gives the driver real-time information about the various functions of the car as well as navigation options. The seats are well designed and have adequate leg and head space for the riders. The top end model has leather-covered seats. It also has rain sensing wipers, MacPherson suspension system, disc breaks for the front wheel and drum brakes for the rear wheels, four airbags, ABS and ECB with Hill assist feature. There are several storage spaces that allow you to store a few knick- knacks that you always carry with you.
This car is available with both diesel and petrol engine and you can buy it with either manual or automatic gearbox. While the diesel variant is powered by a 1.5 L engine, the petrol variant, on the other hand, is blessed with a 1.6 L motor. If you are interested in the manual gearbox, then you can have a five-speed configured gearbox with either petrol or diesel variants. On the other hand, if you are looking for an automatic transmission box, then you can go for a seven-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The maximum power used by the diesel engine is 110 PS whereas the petrol engine can generate a maximum power of 105 PS.
Skoda Rapid is available at a price range of Rs. 7.99 lakhs to Rs. 13.97 lakhs (approximate). The major competitors of this car in the market are Volkswagen Vento, Honda City and Hyundai Verna.
• Superior design • Superior performance • Spacious passenger cabin • Very few service centres • Spare parts are not readily available • After sales service is a bit patchy