Skoda Rapid rolled out in the year 2011, from the house of the Czech car maker Skoda Auto. Skoda started its operations in India as Skoda Auto India Private Limited in 2001 and has been delivering admirable cars since then.
Skoda India has always emphasized the looks, comfort and technology factors while manufacturing a car and the Rapid is no exception. It has become a most celebrated sedan with solid and rich exteriors, along with roomy and luxurious interiors. Skoda Rapid is ideal for the Indian market with an attractive design, superb safety features and modern technology at a competitive price.
Skoda Rapid is a five-door vehicle which can comfortably accommodate 4 adults, providing a luggage capacity of 550 litres. The grille shows a finely drawn chrome frame with stretched headlamps and fog lamps; and the front bumper with air dams is decently placed wide and low. The tail lights at the rear with a distinct C shaped glow on brake lamps, along with the brand logo, makes Skoda Rapid quite unique.
Skoda Rapid offers two engine options – a 1.6 MPI petrol engine and a 1.6 TDI diesel engine. The 1.6 MPI petrol engine produces a maximum power of 105 PS at 5250 rpm and maximum torque of 153 Nm at 3800 rpm, while the 1.6 TDI diesel engine pumps out 105 PS of power at 4400 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 1500-2500 rpm. The petrol engine gets a choice between 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission, but the diesel engine is supported only with 5-speed manual transmission. Both the engines provide great mid-range performance with a mileage of 15 kmpl and 20.5 kmpl respectively.
The well cushioned seats with head and arm rests have enough leg and head space. The steering wheel, gear-shift selector and hand-brake lever are wrapped in leather. The light and dark beige colored dash board has all advanced equipments including instrument cluster, glove box, bottle and cup holders and air conditioning.
Other safety and luxury features include EBDS, engine immobilizer, height adjustable seat belts, high stop LED center brake lights, front airbags, adjustable power steering, internally adjustable ORVMs with power fold feature, central locking, power windows, adjustable front seats and an upgraded music system with Aux-In, MP3 and FM and four speakers.
Skoda Rapid ranges from Rs. 6.93 lakhs to Rs. 9.98 lakhs. One can choose from a series of diesel and petrol engine models like the Skoda Rapid- Active, Ambition, Leisure, Elegance and so on, and the most latest- the Rapid Ultima. This smartly packaged car is cheaper than most of its rivals like Hyundai Verna, Fiat Linea, Maruti SX4, and Honda City. Overall, the Rapid is a stylish and affordable compact family car.