Skoda Rapid is based on the Vento platform and is for sure that it will share some cues from the Vento. But the Rapid is a separate product by itself and has a list of exciting things in offer. There were a lot of speculations during its production that it will be the extended sedan version of the Fabia and another rumor said that it is a car based on the Octavia that Skoda will launch.
Now that Skoda has launched the Rapid at a competitive price of Rs.6.95Lakh (Ex-showroom,Delhi) we will show you what the Rapid has in store for the money you put on it!
Typical Skoda grill with chrome and headlamp cluster at the front with muscle on the hood going above the Skoda logo and along the headlamps extending to the side of the car are the first things we notice straight away at the first look . Body colored mirrors go well with the design of the car on the whole and the sleek body colored door handles. Nothing exciting at the rear,looks similar to the Vento. The Rapid also sports a 15-inch alloy wheels which is lighter as told by Skoda.
The interiors are a notch ahead with the use of premium materials that spell class when you are in the cabin. Lots of cubbyholes and storage in the cabin makes it easy to place cups and store things at easy reach.
The Rapid is available in both petrol and diesel in both manual and automatic transmission.
The petrol is a 1.6L Multi Point Injection(1.6 MPI) engine with Dual Overhead Camshaft(DOHC) 16 valve delivering 105bhp and a torque of 153 Nm@3800rpm. Skoda promises the MPI engine to be very smooth and silent for that extra driving pleasure.
The diesel is a Turbo Charged Common Rail 1.6L engine delivering 105bhp and a torque of 250Nm from 1500rpm to 2500rpm. The engine is one of the most powerful in its class optimized for dynamic performance without compromising on the fuel effieiciency.
The Rapid gets a 6-speed tiptronic automatic and a 5-speed manual transmission.The automatic transmission is available in Ambience and Elegance versions of both petrol and diesel.The automatic transmission offers several different levels of drivability from a leisurely cruise to a race-like zip in the sport mode.
Comfort and Convenience:
At the dash the there is a multi functional display in between the dials. The display hosts a list of info like the time travelled, distance travelled, average speed, immediate fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, travel distance before refueling, service interval, outside temperature and the all-time favourite – time.
The driver’s seat is adjustable for height and distance and the steering column is reach and height adjustable making long drives a great pleasure without any hassles.The rapid has an intelligent climatronic air conditioning with rear AC vents making it a cool cabin to be in, hence wont take too long for the cabin to get cooled as soon as passengers get inside during summer.The Rapid offers a 2-DIN music system that supports CD, auxillary audio input and SD/MMC memory card and four speakers. The music player also has a security code which helps to keep your favorite settings unchanged.
There is an Ergolever placed behind the front passenger seat so that you can adjust the legroom forward or backward with the help of the lever at the rear when you are driven by a driver.
The Rapid comes fitted with an engine immobilizer with a floating code system which is synced with the key,the car starts only if the code matched with the code of the key inserted. Other safety features are airbags,ABS,front and rear fog lamps.
Anti pinch windows-the window does not close if somebody has their hand placed accidentally at the tip of the window.