Review Series#28; Skoda Rapid

Overview

Launched in 2011, when Skoda entered the Indian car market with its premium built Skoda Rapid. The vehicle was initially available with petrol and diesel engine options but later on it was only offered in petrol variant. Moreover, out of all the vehicles from Skoda in India Rapid have literally made its mark in the Indian Automotive market. And yep welcome to the next blog of Let’s Review Series.

On the Point

Skoda Rapid is currently available with 1.0L 3 cylinder petrol TSI engine which is having a displacement of 999cc, the engine is the same as seen in Skoda Kushaq. It is capable of producing a power of 108.62bhp@5000-5500rpm with the torque output of 175Nm@1750-4000rpm.

 

The engine is mated with 6 speed manual and 6 speed automatic transmission options. Moreover, the claimed fuel efficiency is about 18.97kmpl which is quite decent, atlast it is being offered from Skoda.

For more specs refer the quick specs sheet as under:

Technology

With Exteriors

Starting with its front look, it’s actually decent with the harshly smoked headlamps which feature LED DRL’s, a projector headlamp setup along with a halogen bulb. The indicators are also halogens along with the fog lamps which aids in cornering as well. The grille is extensively dark to give a bold look to the Skoda Rapid. Moreover along with the trims the design theme of the vehicle actually gets a lot of change and here we are focusing mainly on the Monte Carlo trim.

On the side, the main highlights are the alloy wheels which are all black along with chrome finishing which is not the case with the style trim as it gets decent looking silver alloy wheels. The Monte Carlo trim also gets a ‘Monte Carlo badging’ along with the black roof and black finished ORVMs.

The rear side is completely simple with some Black treatments added to the Monte Carlo trim. The tail lamps are all halogens along with the indicators and reverse parking lights. 

With Interiors

Starting off with the dashboard, it’s literally plain and completely simple with no cuts and creases. The Monte Carlo trim also gets red all over in the cabin such as on the seats, steering wheels etc. The dashboard holds an infotainment system which is an 8 inch touchscreen unit to which Skoda calls ‘Android Radio’ which doesn’t get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

The Driver’s side is kinda good with adjustable seats (includes height adjustment as well) and steering wheel. The instrument cluster is all analog with the tachometer and speedometer and a small display showing you the basic information about the vehicle. Apart from this, the steering wheel gets red stitching in the Monte Carlo finish along with Cruise controls. Moreover, the driver also gets a removable dustbin which is there along with the door pockets.

The central console is also decent with the 12V charging socket right below the AC controls. Moreover, the USB socket along with the 3.5mm headphone jack has been placed in the Glove box which also gets a cooling function as well. Well, there is a lot of space in the central console as well which includes twin cup holders, space under the armrest etc.

The rear seats are nice in terms of look and Skoda offers red stitching on them in the Monte Carlo variant. The headroom is decent along with the kneeroom but the underthigh support is just poor. The rear seats also feature an AC vent, a 12V charging socket, two adjustable headrests, sun visors etc.

The boot is of decent size with the capacity of 460L and the spare is not an alloy with the smaller tyre on offer as well.

Drawbacks

Even though Skoda is produced by a German manufacturer but still it has got many limitations which are as under:

  • Interiors: Well, out of all the cars which are offered from Skoda only Rapid has this limitation i.e. it has got poor quality of Interiors which includes hard plastic, totally black interiors in the Monte Carlo trim, very dated design etc.
  • Rear Compartment: The rear compartment features a lot of limitations as well, the first one is that the floor is not at all flat; it contains a hump in the center which makes it uncomfortable for the central passenger to sit. Secondly, no headrest is offered for the central passenger and the last one is that no sun visor is provided for the rear glass.
  • Engine: Although, the engine’s performance is good enough but still makes much noise and vibrations which are felt inside as well.
  • Boot: Inside the boot a lot of metal is exposed. Moreover, the carpet is also of low quality which is kinda surprising as this car after all belongs from Skoda which is known for its premium Quality interiors.

Conclusion 

Well on to the point, the car is discontinued but still if you want power and punch in a budget sedan and also if you like factory fitted black interiors (Monte Carlo Trim) then absolutely you can go with the Skoda Rapid. Moreover, it is also available in matte edition which is known as the Skoda Rapid Matte Edition. Also, as the car is discontinued there are many offers which will reduce its price.

But if you want a decent type of sedan which has the best budget interiors then you can surely opt for another option as this car is not meant for you. And also, it’s being discontinued which means there are chances that you’ll find some problem in part availability in future. 

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Credits: All the images have been taken from Skoda’s official website.

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