is India bound entry level sedan car by Czech based auto major Skoda Auto. Already Skoda Auto India has announced that it will launch an entry level sedan car in India by the end of this year so, Skoda Rapid
launch in India is expected in the month of November this year. The company has started Skoda Rapid production on large scale at its Indian manufacturing plant. And before official launch Skoda Rapid has been most popular among Indian entry level sedan car lovers.
The popular entry level sedan car, Skoda Rapid price
would start at Rs. 7 lakh
for the base model while high-end model would be available at Rs. 9 lakh
at ex-showroom Delhi. In this competitive price range Skoda Rapid is expected an answer to Maruti SX4, Volkswagen Vento, Tata Manza, Mahindra Verito, Toyota Etios, Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Ford Figo and Nissan sunny which are the top best selling sedan cars in India.
has the best combo of style and adventure. The chrome grille at the front is wide and the well placed emblem of Skoda on top of the grille at the front fascia makes for a visual treat. The curves on the side body and the flowing lines add to the beauty of the car. The Fabia inspired headlights and bold bumpers are like icing on the cake. The ORVMs
with body colour and tail lamps give the car a complete personality of its own. Skoda Rapid photos of the Interiors show that the Skoda Rapid
will have all the basic ingredients of a sedan with dual tone leather, well lit instrument panel, drive assist, centralized console, audio system, adjustable seats, headrests, armrests, tilt steering, free leg space and headroom and most importantly with all the comfort elements at its very best. The Skoda Rapid
has surely kept up its promise ofluxury and comfort
and has once again lived up to its reputation. Skoda is revered for its well known style, high class designing and craftsmanship.
Skoda Rapid takes care of the interior comfort
part well as it has been created keeping the Indian customer in mind and marks Skoda entry in the extremely important C segment. In order to make it conditioned to Indian roads, Skoda has put in some stunning comfort features inside Skoda Rapid. In all, it is much spacious with comfortable seating for five people and an armrest
for driver as well as in the middle of the rear seats. The arm rest serves the purpose for giving comfort at shifting gears but if one wants to keep both the hands on the steering wheel, he will have to raise the position of the arm rest. The front seats and rear seats are comfortable and well cushioned
. Height adjustable headrests
are given for seats. Besides, there will also be adjustable driver seat with lumbar support. Outside mirrors get electric adjustments on all models. A multi-function display (MFD)
giving information about travelling time, distance travelled, average speed, immediate consumption, average consumption, travel distance before refueling, service interval, outside temperature and clock does it s duty. The interior legroom and headroom
are also of decent proportions.
There is power and height adjusting steering wheel
which also has length-adjustment facility. All power windows are anti-pinch windows with one touch up/down
but the Rapid does not feature auto lock. Even the co-passenger cannot lock or unlock the vehicle from their door although this feature is present in the Vento. The rear passengers will also get 2 manually adjustable AC vents placed
on the rear center console in between the front two seats. The Rapid gets reading/cabin lights in the front and rear. The front passenger seat can be pushed forward from the rear using the ergo-lever on the front seat. The boot lid can be released by a remote control. Cup-holders
are present in front and rear with flip frame. However there are no steering mounted audio controls or USB functionality even though the Vento has these features. Bounce-back system, tinted windows and windscreen do their bits in providing comfort to the passengers.
Engine Capacity and Performance
will be available in both diesel and petrol. There is no information regarding fuel economy and mileage but considering configuration of the engine it is expect that petrol engine will give 12-14kmpl with automatic transmission while the manual transmission can give 12kmpl in city and 16kmpl on the expressways. The diesel Version engine will give you 13kmpl in city while 16kmpl on the highways.
The new Skoda Rapid
will have the engine of 1.6 liter diesel and 1.6 liter petrol
which is similar to VW Vento. The diesel engine generates power of 105PS @ 4400rpm and torque of 250Nm @ 1500rpm 2500rpm. While the petrol engine generates power of 105PS @ 5250rpm
and torque of 152Nm @ 3800 rpm. The engine of Rapid will have 5-speed manual transmission. 2 of the petrol variants will have 6-speed automatic transmission.
The sideline of Skoda Rapid looks amazing with 5-spoke alloy wheels, which are typical Skoda in design, unlike the 7 spoke alloys in Vento. The Rapid drives on 185/60 R15 Apollo Acelere tyres. However, the Skoda Rapid Active comes fitted with 14 steel wheels with Comoros full wheel cover. Dual rate Brake assist and ABS ensures less wear and tear of tyres and instant braking system.
Braking and Handling
Braking on the Skoda Rapid
Diesel and Skoda Rapid Petrol is precise and spot on, aided by ABS and Brake
Assist that ensures that things fall in place. The front wheels of Skoda Rapid come with Disc Brakes
while its rear wheels have drum brakes. The brake dust on the alloy wheels will personify the hard work the brakes had put through on Skoda Rapid. Experts suggests that the ride on Skoda Rapid
is stiffer at low speeds over broken roads but gradually soften up as one got to speed on the highways.
Handling and Safety
The Skoda Rapid
gets driver and passenger airbags, ABS and Brake Assist, Engine Immobilizer, Height adjustable 3 point seat belts, high stop LED center brake lights as standard equipment in top end Elegance. Seeing that audio player is the main equipment susceptible to theft, the car maker has locked it with a security code in this model. However, Skoda is offering ABS and driver side airbag on the Ambition variant, which is a very smart move. In addition, Rapid Ambition also gets front and rear fog lamps and dual rate Brake assists along with remote control functions on foldable keys, doors, windows and boot lid. Talking about Skoda Rapid the safety features
in base Active variant, one would get high-level LED third brake light
, Anti-glare interior rear view mirror, a defogger with timer on rear windshield, two 3-point outer seatbelt and centre lap belt at rear in addition to 3-point seatbelts at front, rough road package, child-proof rear door and rear window locking, door-ajar warning indicator, emergency triangle in the luggage compartment and dual tone horn. Engine immobilizer with floating code and central door locking is also added as security features in Skoda Rapid.
Accessories & Stereo
The active version of the Skoda Sedan Rapid
has 1-din music system including 2 speakers, connector and cable. And the elegance version has 2-din music system along with radio on the dash. This unit has AUX connectivity including 4 speakers. In main system is that the music player can be locked in the higher end variant elegance. The practicality and the usability have been increased by the central console consisting of a12v power socket.