Review: 2011 Skoda Rapid Diesel

The all new Skoda Rapid launched just before the F1 Indian Grand Prix. Known as the successor to the Octavia, the infamous ‘Lauretta’ was christened as the Rapid in India. The Rapid not only shares the platform with the Vento but is rolled out of the same Chakan facility.

skoda rapid diesel

Skoda Rapid Quick Specificications:

No. of cylinders 4
Cubic capacity 1598
Max power/revs 77ps/4400
Max torque/revs 250nm/1500-2500
Transmission Manual 5-speed fully synchronized
L×W×H 4386×1699×1466 (mm)
Wheelbase 2552mm

All that matters:

skoda rapid dieselExteriors:

  • Amalgamation of Skoda Fabia and VW Vento
  • New front bumper and front fenders distinguish Rapid from Fabia
  • A kink on both sides of rear number plate distinguishes Rapid from the Vento
  • Tail lights of Rapid have the familiar ‘C’ look of the Skoda and are different from the Vento
  • Front overhang of the Rapid is greater than the Fabia
  • Side on, the Rapid and the Vento get the same side panels

skoda rapid diesel

  • Window glasses and windscreen are exactly the same as Vento’s and even have VW engraving on them. STRANGE!
  • 15’ alloy wheels on the top end Elegance look smart
  • Skoda manages one of the best and tightest shut lines in the business. Thanks to VWs sister concern
  • ORVMs don’t get side indicators on them. A norm these days even on cars of a segment lower

skoda rapid diesel

  • Doors open wide and an angle of close to 90° makes for easy ingress
  • Skoda’s doors shut extremely well with a thud Skoda is well known for. Doors are in fact weighted very well, they’re neither too light nor too heavy. Just about perfect
  • The top end variant with 15’ alloys looks decidedly sporty, especially in shades of black and red.
  • Fog lamps are very effective

skoda rapid diesel

Interiors:

Seats:

  • Very accommodating
  • Driver’s seat can be adjusted for height but not for lumbar
  • Seating five people becomes tougher as the transmission tunnel along with the rear A/C vents eat up useful leg room for the rear centre passenger
  • Driver elbow rest can be adjusted at various angles and is easy to operate
  • Rear armrest is wide enough for two people to place hands but doesn’t have cup-holder in it
  • Driver armrest has storage space good enough to keep wallet, change and phones handy

skoda rapid diesel

Dashboard:

  • Dashboard is upholstered in two tones of light brown and beige instead of Vento’s grey and beige combo
  • Dashboard storage space is large though there are not many cubbyholes to keep a lot of goodies handy
  • Plastics used are of excellent quality
  • On the centre console is the 2-DIN music system along with the air con controls
  • Space on the lower side of the extreme right A/C vent has been left blank making it look unfinished
  • Generally there lies a cubbyhole there to store toll receipts and change. Blank space looks awkward

skoda rapid diesel

Steering Wheel and Centre Console:

  • Steering wheel feels nice and sporty to hold but not even the top end variant gets a leather wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering wheel lacks controls for the music system
  • Steering can be adjusted for rake as well reach
  • Steering is awesomely weighed, light at city speeds and heavy enough at highway speeds
  • Centre console has a tachometer and a speedometer along with a trip computer
  • The trip computer is extremely informative and is very easy to navigate from the right side stalk tip
  • The instrument cluster is backlit in a pre-independence light green shade that makes the dashboard look ugly. Any other colour would have done wonders to liven up the interiors but this green

Ergonomics:

  • Well placed boot lid opener
  • Lack of dead pedal
  • Footwell could have had more room. Tall drivers might hit centre console frequently
  • Ergo lever is an awesome addition. Chauffer driven people will love it
  • Stereo buttons might fade soon. At least a remote control should have been there to operate the music system
  • Front windscreen looks a little smaller than usual. Leads to the feeling of lack of room
  • Non-fabricated door panels on the C-pillars look cheap in body-coloured paint finish
  • Knee room aplenty for rear passengers even when the front seats are fully pushed back
  • Stalks feel great to operate
  • Switching the child lock was impossible although there was a switch for the same
  • No vanity illumination
  • One thing that bothers me the most is where the hell is the Skoda-VW family horn? It does duty on the Polo, Vento, Jetta, Passat, Laura, and Superb. Why not a Rapid then?

skoda rapid diesel

Engine and transmission:

The 1598cc 4-cyl engine is the same doing duty on the Vento. It is a gem of an engine with all the torque coming in handy from low RPMs. The engine feels eager in responses and doesn’t have any turbo lag of sorts. It is so involving that pedal to metal action is a sure shot. The car leaves dark marks on road on sudden throttle inputs even in the third gear; such is the engine’s response. On the mileage front, serene driving returns close to 14.5 kmpl in city while pedal to metal action could drop you to lower 10s. On the highway when cruising, it returned decent 20kmpl. The transmission on the other hand leaves some room for improvement. The throws are long and not precise. I can’t imagine I’m saying this for Skoda after driving a Laura RS recently. The engine is too good for the transmission it seems.

Ride and Handling:

The people at Skoda have cracked it this time. The ride and handling compromise is one of the finest in the market today and it definitely sets the benchmark for diesels. The ride is supple over almost anything. Rashest of potholes are only heard inside, that too not harsh. The handling is acceptable at all sane speeds. The steering is responsive and quick and the car is flickable. It’s a great chassis mated to an awesomely tuned and refined suspension setup.

 

Overall:

Overall the car is good. Placed just below the Vento it calls for a more VFM package than a Vento save for the fact that Vento is a tad finer in terms of refinement and quality. The car lacks space for three at the back, a USB player, steering controls, rear parking sensors and feels feature deprived if compared to a Verna Fluidic. To pull the market away from a Vento or a Verna seems a fair bit of challenge considering the prices are almost similar model to model. And putting in mind Skoda’s after sales, well the game shifts further away from them. It will be hard work for Skoda to get things right and displace the Vento and Verna from the upper crest.

This is not the end. Wait for our complete Review on the Skoda Rapid Test Drive!

Skoda Rapid Official Website: Click Here

Hyosung GT650N December Offer Rs 3.8 Lakh
Nissan Sunny Diesel Specifications and Expected Price

Leave a Reply

Ford-EcoSport-Facelift-Revealed
Ford silently updates EcoSport, feeds minor changes
Nissan GTA Academy
Nissan GT Academy 2015 moves up a level with National Finals in Chennai
Honda BR-V front
Meet the all new Honda BR-V – The budget 7-Seater SUV for India
Hyundai Creta AT
Hyundai Creta’s Automatic model gets spied
Honda CBR650F
Now you can book upcoming Honda CBR 650F by paying Rs 50,000/-
Honda CBR300R
Honda launches Helmet Awareness Campaign in Tamil Nadu
honda aviator honda activa-i
Honda launches new 2015 editions of Aviator & Activa-i
Ducati-Monster-821
Ducati Monster 821 launched globally, debuted in India
Scania Multiaxle Metrolink Front Side
Scania Metrolink – My Sound Sleep Experience
Datsun-Go+-Front View Angle-low
Datsun Go+ First Drive Review
Picture 210
Going Electric – Mahindra Reva E20
BMW M5 Rear View
BMW M5 Road Test Review
F1 Indian Motorsports MotoGp Volkswagen Motorsport World Motorsports
RC213V-S
Honda RC213 V-S is a tuned version of Honda’s Moto GP bike RC213 V
2015 suzuki gixxer cup india
Suzuki Motorcycle announces about launching Gixxer Cup
Audi R8 LMS Cup
Audi R8 LMS Cup: Aditya Patel aims to continue podium streak in Korea
Maruti YRA
Maruti Suzuki YRA premium hatchback spied un-camouflaged
proton Alto Rendering
Maruti Suzuki Alto likely to be rebadged as Proton in Malaysia
Maruti S Cross in stockyard
Maruti Suzuki Commences Production Of S Cross Ahead Of Its Launch In July
Celerio Diesel Maruti Suzuki
Maruti Suzuki launches Celerio Diesel, India’s most fuel efficient car retuning 27.62 kmpl
Hyundai Creta AT
Hyundai Creta’s Automatic model gets spied
Hyundai Creta
Hyundai Creta gets spied sans camouflage
Hyundai Creta ix25
Bookings for Hyundai Creta begins at Rs 40-50,000/-
Sketch of Hyundai Creta
Hyundai India reveals the design renderings of the Creta SUV
Honda BR-V front
Meet the all new Honda BR-V – The budget 7-Seater SUV for India
2015 Honda City
New Honda City in China flaunts front fascia similar to Jazz
2014 Honda Jazz white front three quarter
All new Jazz set to become the most fuel efficient car from Honda India
2015 Honda Jazz
New Honda Jazz – Is It Worth The Hype?
Mahindra XUV 500 silver
Mahindra to introduce Google’s Android auto to the Indian market
Mahindra E-Verito
Mahindra & Mahindra to introduce E-Verito, India’s first 4-door pure electric car
2015 Mahindra XUV500 Facelift
Mahindra & Mahindra launches its XUV500 facelift at Rs. 11.2 lakhs
Gul Panag Mahindra Scorpio Getaway
Gul Panag and her Mahindra Scorpio Getaway in an all-new series on Discovery Channel
2015 Tata Nano GenX
Book and watch your very own GenX Nano car rolling out from the factory
2015 Tata Safari Storme
Tata Launches The Safari Storme Facelift At Rs. 9.9 Lakhs
2015 Tata Nano GenX
Tata Genx Nano With AMT Coming Soon
2015 Tata Hexa Front
Tata Hexa to get a 6 speed gearbox
2015-Bajaj-CT-100
Over 1.5 lakh units of Bajaj CT 100 sold in a span of 3 months
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 Lucknow
11 Bajaj Pulsar models will be available in the market by 2016
Bajaj SS400 headlights AutoExpo
Another new sports motorcycle from Bajaj to launch in the coming two months
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 Lucknow
Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 launched, reached showrooms in Lucknow
KTM 390 Adventure
KTM likely to launch the 390 Adventure in India
Husqvarna Nuda 900R Front
KTM to introduce Husqvarna bikes in India built on Duke chassis
KTM Duke 390
KTM makes slipper clutch as an accessory for existing owners of Duke 390
KTM 200 Duke
KTM to implement new changes in the Duke 200
Honda CBR650F
Now you can book upcoming Honda CBR 650F by paying Rs 50,000/-
Honda CBR300R
Honda launches Helmet Awareness Campaign in Tamil Nadu
honda aviator honda activa-i
Honda launches new 2015 editions of Aviator & Activa-i
RC213V-S
Honda RC213 V-S is a tuned version of Honda’s Moto GP bike RC213 V
New Hero Passion Pro
New Hero Passion Pro launched at a price of INR 47,850/-
2016 hero hf deluxe spy
New Hero HF Deluxe gets spied
Hero Splendor NXG
Hero bids adieu to its Splendor NXG
Hero HX 250 R
Hero postpones the launch of HX250R to Oct, also increases its price
TVS Draken
TVS Apache 200 to be launched in 2015?
TVS BMW motorcycle upcoming
New bike from TVS-BMW collaboration to come fully engineered by BMW
tvs jupiter
TVS launched a special edition of the Jupiter
Benelli TNT 300
2015 Upcoming bikes in India