Skoda Rapid
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: 4 Yrs / Unlimited kms (Whichever is earlier)
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8.82 Lakhs-14 Lakhs

Strong Areas

  • Sleek and stylish 
  • Punchy diesel engine 
  • Armrest - front & rear
  • High class cabin & interiors
  • Tilt and telescopic steering adjustment

Weak Areas

  • Spartan console 
  • Service reach poor
  • Low speed ride quality mark
  • Rear seat comfort and space mark
  • No parking sensors & steering mounted controls
Skoda Rapid

Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI AT - ecardlr

Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI AT, the facelifted version of Rapid, has been a highly anticipated and popular vehicle amongst the car enthusiasts coming out from the stables of Skoda. It is potentially a game changer in the automobile market, especially for those who favour diesel automatics, with its robust engine and great performance.



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Skoda Auto India Pvt. Ltd., a subsidiary of Skoda Auto, the Czech car manufacturer, has introduced the facelift version of its sedan, Rapid in the Indian automobile market offering both petrol and diesel alternatives along with manual and automatic transmission as well.
There are four trims available for the new Skoda Rapid on both the petrol and diesel models which are namely, Active, Ambition, Ambition Plus and Elegance with the automatic transmission provided on the Ambition, Ambition Plus and Elegance trims of the diesel variant.
Here let us talk about the diesel variant. 
There haven’t been any major changes made to the exteriors apart from few cosmetic updates. The new Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI AT bears an overall length of 4386 mm, width of 1699 mm and an overall height of 1466 mm.It has a boot capacity of 460 litres, ground clearance of 168 mm and a total kerb weight of 1205 kg. The front façade retains the head lamps and the signature radiator chrome finished grilleand vertically placed bars,which have been sourced from the Fabia. However, the front bumper is body coloured and has been redesigned with wide air dam placed underneath and also houses rear park sensors along with recessed tail lights and a pair of round shaped fog lights. It is embossed with sleek insignia of the company and the expressive lines compliment the bonnet.
The huge windscreen is made up of tinted glass and furnishes a set of intermittent wipers.The side profile is exactly similar to the Vento with expressive lines as well as skillfully carved fenders and sculpted hood. The external wing mirrors, door handles and rear bumper are body coloured too with gloss black décor on B-pillar with the rear quarter glass design taken from the Vento. 
Inside the cabin, the new Skoda Rapid looks quite attractive and impressive with its classy mocha and ivory double tone finish which lends an airy feels to the cabin.It uses light beige or mocha only for the seats, lower half of the dashboard and partial door pads. The dual tone dashboard comes with three spoke multi-function steering wheel; withsilver inserts, mounted controls and company’s insignia in the centre. It also has a very easy to press horn in spite of accommodating a built in air bag as well. The stylish central console with black finish is furnished with tachometer, air conditioning unit, music system and gear shift indicator (and with multi-functional display for the top end variant displaying data such as average speed, distance travelled, travelling time, average consumption of fuel, distance travelledbefore refueling, clock and outside temperature.) The seats are well covered with full ivory fabric upholsterywith leather wrapped steering wheel, gear shift indicator as well as hand brake lever and are ergonomically designed.
Some other features included in the interiors are inside rear view mirror, vanity mirror with illumination as well as twin front sun visors. The interior door handles are lined with chrome décor. The ORVMs provided in the vehicle are electrically adjustable with the side switches of the doors backlit for ease of use at night. An airy cabin with a low dashboard lends a great driving experience although a thick A pillar provides some hindrance. 
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The remodeled Skoda Rapid is powered by the newly introduced 1.5-litre TDI (Turbocharged Direct Injection) four-cylinder and sixteen valve diesel engine. The company has scaled down the bore of about 2.5 mm from the engine and has brought down the displacement capacity to 1498 cc which is about 100 cc less than the 1.6 litre TDI mill that is has replaced. It is offered in the newly developed 7-speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox) automatic transmission which makes it more competitive in this segment. This automatic dual clutch seven speed transmission offers the function of manual transmissions in one. The new engine, integrated with direct fuel injection system, provides better engine power generating a maximum output of 105 PS at 4400 rpm and a peak torque of 250 Nm in the range of 1500 to 2500 rpm.
The 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox lives up to its name of being the best in its class. The gear shifts are smooth in the normal drive course however in case you accelerate the pedal the shifts are late to kick and that’s where the Sport mode comes in which enables the vehicle to hold the gear longer to bring out the maximum revs before shifting up the gear. In other words, the new engine offers highest torque at rpm as low as 1500 hence providing instantaneous pulling power.But overall, the new 7-speed DSG is a smooth shifter which offers great fuel economy too. What truly gives the driver the confidence to floor the throttle is the effective braking system with an ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as well as brake assist.
Safety & Comfort
The new automatic diesel variant offers a variety of safety aspects to augment the safety of its occupants. These aspects include halogen head lamps(halogen projector head lamps for top end model) with manual levelling, front and rear fog lamps as well as high level LED third brake light. The rear windscreen defogger with timer and anti-glare interior rear view mirror are some other safety features that enhance the visibility for the driver and in turn the safety aspect while driving the sedan. TheABS (Anti-lock Braking System), ESC (Electronic Stability Control exclusive to diesel automatic transmission), engine immobiliser and Parktronic sensor at the rear with floating code system also account for safe driving experience.
The driver front and front passenger air bag provides greater safety to the passengers in case of collision. The height adjustable three point seat belts at front, two three point outer seat belts with a centre lap belt at the rear as well as the height adjustable head restraints at front and rear enhances the safety of the occupants. In addition to these, some other advanced safety aspects in this top end trim of Skoda Rapid include automatic locking of doors on overrun speed, child proof rear door & window locking, remote control locking & unlocking of doors as well as central locking and door open indicator.
The facelifted version of the Skoda Rapid brings with a variety of comfort features lending it a luxurious and comfy feel. The front seats of the new Skoda Rapid are comfortable and greatly supportive. The heightand length adjustable steering wheel makes it easy to find a comfortable seating position for the driver. The height adjustable arm rest at the centre in the front of the sedan provides fabulous comfort to the driver especially while shifting gears by keeping the elbow on the driver’s armrest itself. At the rear too, one finds sufficient leg room as well as centre armrest for the comfort and pampering of the passengers sitting at the rear. The seats lends great comfort with good all round support however the entry and exit are not very easy. It should also be noted that the rear seat is comfortable for two occupants instead of three the primary reason being the tall transmission tunnel.
The reading lamp at the front centre, rear reading spot lamps, front and rear electrically adjustable windows, sun visors at both the front seats, 12 voltage power outlets in the centre console, foldable front and rear roof handles for passengers as well as illumination in the luggage compartment aresomemore features included in the vehicle that provide comfort and convenience to its occupants. The storage spaces are all over the place in the new Rapid with all the four door possessing door pockets as well as large front cup holders. There is deep storage cubicle right in front of the cup holders to hold knick knacks. The glove box is spacious with good storage space and there are also two small slots on either side of the hand brakes.
Comfort in terms of entertainment is enhanced by 2-DIN Skoda’s basic audio system with connectivity for USB, SD card, Bluetooth and auxiliary input as well as multi-function steering wheel with mounted telephone and audio controls. Some other features that boosts comfort factor in this sedan are power windows with one touch, manually regulated air conditioning, dust & pollen filter, remote controlled functioning of the boot lid as well as electrically adjustable outside mirrors. The adjustable dual rear air conditioning vents on rear centre console increases the comfort of the passengers sitting at the rear.
Ride and Handling
Offering an amalgamation of comfort and safety aspects along with such a luxurious feel to the vehicle, the remodeled Skoda Rapid lends a driving pleasure to the driver which is one of a kind. The car offers adecent ride which further improves with increase in speed levels. The three spoke steering wheel is adjustable for reach & rake offering a wide adjustment range which makes it comfortable to hold and drive.The driver’s seat is the best place to be in the new Skoda Rapid as it provides great comfort with good bolstering support and seat adjustment according to height.The sedan gets a new set of redesigned 15 inch alloy wheels on the high end variant while 15 inch steel wheels on the other trims with 185/60 R15 sized tubeless radials furnished with full wheel covers on which it rests.It cruises along smoothly with McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabilizer for the front suspension and the compound link crank-axlefor the rear. The new Rapid also has a sturdy body exterior and decent ground clearance to protect its vitals underneath the vehicle.
Fuel Economy
The 1.5 TDI engine in the facelifted version of Skoda Rapid provides a better drivability and a superb low and mid-range rush with a decent fuel efficiency as well delivering a mileage of 18.3 kmpl on the city roads and 21.66 cruising on the highway as per ARAI ratings.
The Skoda Rapid diesel automatic trim metes out a real stunner with its stylish exteriors, impressive interiors, great comfort features, highly advanced safety aspects and state of the art DSG automatic to boast of. It sure is an attractive and laudable buy appealing to those who like to drive effortless. The new Rapid comes in the price range of Rs. 10,49,813 to Rs. 10,97,424 (ex showroom price, New Delhi).
If you are looking for a car in the market with decent road presence and superior performance for a diesel automatic, Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI AT is the car to vouch for.
Comfort: 4.5/5
Refinement: 4/5
Safety: 4/5
Ride: 4.5/5
Handling: 4/5
Value for Money: 4/5

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