Skoda’s budget C segment offering to India was first launched in 2011 and it has undergone several face lifts and updates since then. The latest offering has some exterior features redone and a few cosmetic updates. The front includes a subtle change in the bonnet design, horizontal fog lamps with a new grille and sleeker smoked headlights. Apart from the chrome strip at the back, the rear hardly looks any different from its predecessor. The side profile also looks similar to the earlier version except for the new ORVM’s and five spoke alloy wheel.
It is currently priced between Rs 7.94 L and Rs 12.2 L (Ex-Showroom Price, Delhi) but the price will vary according to the place.
The changes insides now include a dual tone interior with flat bottom steering wheel. The ORVM’s are electrically adjustable and foldable. Leather upholstery, automatic climate control and rear AC vents add comfort while Bluetooth and other connectivity features are built in the 2 DIN system in the centre console. Height adjustable driver seat with rake and reach adjustment for the steering means you can get the ideal driving position. There are many cubby holes that are adequate for storage of small items and the boot space at 460 litres is roomy enough. The entire range is offered dual airbags as standard for safety while the ABS is offered on the mid range variants and above. The projector headlamps aid visibility while the follow me home function is very useful. All four windows come with anti pinch function.
There new 1.5 litre turbocharged delivers the same power as the older 1.6 litre engine but with improved efficiency of 21.1 kmpl. It comes with 5 speed manual or 6 speed DSG automatic transmissions. The petrol motor is 1.6 litre MPI which give 103 bhp. It is mated with manual and automatic as well, however, the petrol gets a seven speed DSG.
Specifications (Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI CR Style Plus Black Package, Diesel)
|Dimensions & Weight|
|Ground Clearance||168 mm|
|Kerb Weight||1206 kg|
|Seating Capacity||5 Person|
|No of Seating Rows||2 Rows|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||55 litres|
|Engine & Transmission|
|Engine Type||Turbocharged diesel engine, in-line, liquid cooling system, high-pressure direct injection system, 16V DOHC, transverse in front|
|Valve/Cylinder (Configuration)||4, DOHC|
|Mileage (ARAI)||21.14 kmpl|
|Drivetrain||Front Wheel Drive|
|Alternate Fuel||Not Applicable|
|Max Power (bhp@rpm)||104 bhp @ 4400 RPM|
|Max Torque (Nm@rpm)||250 Nm @ 1500 RPM|
|Turbocharger Type||Variable Geometry|
|No of gears||5 Gears|
|Manual Shifting for Automatic||No|
|Engine Start-Stop Function||No|
|Suspensions, Brakes & Steering|
|Suspension Front||McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabilizer|
|Suspension Rear||Compound link crank-axle|
|Front Brake Type||Disc|
|Rear Brake Type||Drum|
|Minimum Turning Radius||5.3 metres|
|Steering Type||Power assisted (Electric)|
|Wheels & Tyres|
|Front Tyres||185 / 60 R15|
|Rear Tyres||185 / 60 R15|