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Things We Like in Rapid 2011-2013

  What you like is the overall airy feel on the inside and space, especially for tall people like our editor, Bunny Punia. Once in the driver’s seat, the four-spoke steering feels good to hold 

The whole design feat has been successful and we feel that the Rapid looks slightly better than its own sibling, the Vento. 

 The diesel is efficient and the pick of the bunch.

The high-speed ride of the Rapid is very good.

 The pick of the lot though is the diesel unit. It generates 105PS of power and 250Nm of torque and is simply fantastic no matter how you drive the car. Enough low engine speed responsive and an absolute delight when pushed hard.

Rapid has superb high speed manners – the Rapid feels rock solid even at over 150km/h speeds.
Things We Dont Like in Rapid 2011-2013

There is no USB and the rear seat is not comfy for five and the centre armrest interferes with your arm while shifting

 The looks are too similar to the Vento from the side and rear

 The low-speed ride could have been better

 The petrol feels strained and the automatic gearbox saps power

 Steering doesn’t have the confidence of say the new Fiesta

Skoda Rapid 2011-2013 Colors

Rapid 2011-2013 is available in 6 different colors - Vintage Brown Pearl Crystal Shine, Glacier White, Flash Red, Platin Grey, Deep Black Pearl and Brilliant Silver.

  • Vintage Brown Pearl Crystal Shine

  • Glacier White

  • Flash Red

  • Platin Grey

  • Deep Black Pearl

Skoda Rapid 2011-2013 Pictures

Review of Rapid 2011-2013

  • Overview
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Mileage Running Cost
  • Comfort Suspension
  • Engine Performance
  • Braking Safety

Overview

Skoda launched its entry-level sedan the Rapid at the end of 2011 and also showed it at the Auto Expo 2012. ! It is based on the Vento but looks like the Fabia – it shares the same engines as the Vento though has a lower sticker price. In terms of looks you easily mistake the Rapid for its younger sibling, the Fabia. However, look at the car from behind and you can be fooled into believing it’s a Vento! In layman terms, you can say that the Rapid is based on the Vento platform with a Fabia front and Vento rear fused together. However, lines are sharper and you soon recognize that the tail lamps, boot lid and bumper are completely new. Skoda has also integrated its new ‘prism edge’ design at the rear which does create a sense of exclusivity and individuality.If you have spent some time in a Vento, the Rapid’s interiors will hardly look any different. The steering has been picked up from the Fabia and surprisingly, even on the top end model, wheel controls are missing and so is leather wrapping!

The color scheme on the inside is also slightly different than that of the Vento but seems to work pretty fine here. What you like is the overall airy feel on the inside and space, especially for tall people. The Skoda Rapid makes use of the same engine options as seen on the Vento. This means that it gets a 1.6-litre petrol as well as a 1.6-litre diesel engine. The petrol and diesel get a 5-speed manual transmission with an optional 6-speed automatic being made available on the petrol version. The petrol unit makes 105PS of power. The 6-speed automatic and it did the job pretty well. There is a slight lag between the driver’s throttle input and the car gaining momentum but that is expected. For city usage, this gearbox is pretty good. The automatic though saps fuel, expect 8-10 kmpl. There is a slight lag between the driver’s throttle input and the car gaining momentum but that is expected. For city usage, this gearbox is pretty good. The pick of the lot though is the diesel unit. It generates 105PS of power and 250Nm of torque and is simply fantastic no matter how you drive the car.  

The engine is pretty efficient as well and should return 14-15kmpl in metro cities easily. The steering is of the electric variety (EPS) and hence expectedly very light at crawling speeds. It does weigh up nicely as speeds increase.  Slow speed ride with a single person on board might not be very impressive with sharp imperfection and pot holes being felt easily. This is where we feel the Vento feels better. The Rapid starts at Rs 6.9 lakhs to 9.5 lakhs ex-showrrom and is a good to drive sedan.  The Rapid also brings along an air of freshness in the entry level C segment and surely looks worth the money in the way it is designed. Further, it has spacious and comfortable interiors, brilliant engines and a well sorted suspension. To read a detailed analysis read below!

Interior

Familiarity with the VW family continues on the inside as well. If you have spent some time in a Vento, the Rapid’s interiors will hardly look any different. The steering has been picked up from the Fabia and surprisingly, even on the top end model, wheel controls are missing and so is leather wrapping! The color scheme on the inside is also slightly different than that of the Vento but seems to work pretty fine here. What you like is the overall airy feel on the inside and space, especially for tall people like our editor, Bunny Punia. Once in the driver’s seat, the four-spoke steering feels good to hold and the twin pod speedometer console with white dials (the Vento gets red) with the driver information display appealing to the eyes.

The central console gets easy to operate audio system (no USB, only Aux-in and SD card support) and air-con system while you also appreciate the central arm-rest between the front seats. However, depending on how tall you are and how you drive, this does interfere with your left arm while shifting gears. Rear seat comfort and space is impressive though what lets down the package is the high transmission tunnel which means fitting a 5th person with be a little tough. Good points include rear air-con vents, cup holder below the vent, central arm-rest and an ergo-lever to slide the front co-driver’s seat while being seated at the rear – perfect for those who like being chauffeured!

Interiors Details

  • Boot Space

    Skoda Rapid has about 460 litres of storage capacity inside the car. So if one is planning for long trips with the car can proceed easily with the plan it can surely support your luggage.

  • Speedometer

    Rapid gets a beautifully illuminated analogue speedometer and a tachometer along with an all digital driver display in the centre of both the meters.

  • Gear Lever

    The gear lever of the Rapid is situated in the centre console just after the two cup holders and the driver can access it easily from his seat.

  • Cup Holders

    Rapid has front and rear end cup holders with flip frames and there is a happy part to it all the variants of the rapid gets the cup holders.

  • Glovebox

    Skoda Rapid has a large glove-box with the poor-fitting lid and it seems like they are shred from the VW Vento.

  • Audio System

    Skoda 2 Din audio player system with security codes and large display are part of the Elegance and Ambition Variant of the Skoda. The front and rear speakers are only available in the Elegance Variant of the Car. Skoda Rapid also gets an aftermarket audio preparation for the base variant which known as active as well as for the ambition variant.

  • Air Conditioner

    carried over unaltered from the VW are the headlight switch, climate control, and the low quality air-con vents and tends to break easily but the Elegance model has an automatic climate control to it.

  • Arm Rests

    Arm rest are present in the Front of the car in all the 3variants but the back arm rest are only available in the ambition and elegance variant of the Skoda Rapid.

  • Air Vents

    Air vents are present in the front as well as at the rear of the car but the air vents plastic quality is very poor and tends to break easily.

  • Seats

    The seating capacity of the car is 5. 2in the front and 3at the back including the driver. The seats are very comfortable along with the arm rest.

  • Leg Room

    Skoda rapid has 1160/990mm of leg room space in the Car itself which is quite impressive.

  • Knee Room

    Rapid has about 820/590mm of knee room pace inside the car.

  • Shoulder Space

    Rapid has about 1300mm of shoulder space this space can come in handy during the long drives in the car.

  • Head Room

    Rapid has 970/930mm of head space in the car so the tallest person also can fit inside the car very easily.

  • Steering Wheel

    Rapid has a power assisted hydraulic rack and pinion steering wheel added in the car which helps in easy maneuvering of the car and helps a lot in the handling of the car.

  • Power Windows

    Rapid has an option for power windows in all the variants of the car. The remote control opening of the windows are only present in the Ambition and Elegance variants of the car.

  • Keyless Entry

    keyless entry is present only in the Elegance and ambition model of the Rapid and the active variant gets the central unlocking of the doors along with the boot lid.

  • Driver Information Display

    Rapid has a multi purpose display for the driver along with green illumination and it displays all the necessary details and regular warning lamps.

Exterior

First glance from the front and you easily mistake the Rapid for its younger sibling, the Fabia. However, look at the car from behind and you can be fooled into believing it’s a Vento! In layman terms, you can say that the Rapid is based on the Vento platform with a Fabia front and Vento rear fused together to create a rather pleasing looking C segment sedan. Dimension wise, the Rapid is 2mm longer than the Vento with identical width, height and wheelbase. The Rapid will be competing with the likes of the Vento, SX4, Linea, Fiesta, City and Verna and hence though it isn’t the best looking of the lot, it still manages to carry a sense of class and elegance.

Look at the front design closely and you notice that the though the headlamps, grill and fog lamps are sourced from the Fabia, the bonnet and bumpers are slightly different. The side profile shows identical design lines to the Vento – same is the case of the rear end design too. However, lines are sharper and you soon recognize that the tail lamps, boot lid and bumper are completely new. Skoda has also integrated its new ‘prism edge’ design at the rear which does create a sense of exclusivity and individuality, especially to differ the Rapid from the Vento. The whole design feat has been successful and we feel that the Rapid looks slightly better than its own sibling, the Vento. The Rapid wears 175/70 tyres on 14-inch steel rims on the Active and Ambition models while the Elegance gets 185/60 tyres on 15-inch alloy wheels. Skoda offers five color options for the Rapid range.

Exteriors

  • Front Design

    The Rapid may look at first like a Vento with a Fabia nose stuck on it, and in a way it is, but the Skoda looks much more attractive in the flesh. The large nose balances the elongated body nicely; Skoda designers have done a fabulous job of seamlessly merging some of the disparaging lines.

  • Rear Design

    Skoda has altered the boot-lid, taillights and rear bumper too. But the changes are so subtle; you’ll only spot them if you look hard.

  • Side Profile

    The new larger fenders and mildly altered chin complete what must have been a difficult styling exercise. While the flanks of the car remain the same.

  • Ground Clearance

    Skoda rapid has ground clearance of 168mm which is average in this segment of the car.

  • Bumpers

    All the variants of the Rapid has body coloured bumpers and adds an elegant and refreshed look to the Rapid.

  • Head Lamps

    Rapid headlamps looks more like the VW Vento it has a crystal clear headlamp with good illumination in the dark.

  • Tail Lamps

    Rapid gets its own tail lamp styling and detailing but the Skoda C-motiff is visible in the tail light.

  • Fog Lamps

    The front and rear fog lamps are present in all the variants except the base variant of the Rapid which is the Active rest of the variant the ambition and elegance gets both the lamps.

  • Tyres

    Rapid uses a 175/70 R14 tyres for its two variants the Active and ambience and the top variant Elegance gets a different type of rubber 185/60 r15.

  • Alloy Wheels

    Alloy wheels are only present in the Elegance variant of the Rapid and are absent in the other two variants.

  • Outside Mirrors

    The Elegance variant of the Rapid gets an electronically adjustable outside mirrors but the active and the ambience variant gets the internal mechanical adjustment for external mirrors.

  • Colors

    Skoda Rapid comes in 5different colour types candy white, cappuccino beige, deep pearl black, brilliant silver, and flash red.

  • Rear Wiper

    Rapid does not have any rear wiper for the car.

  • Roof Rails

    Rapid doesn't have a roof rail for the car.

  • Sun Roof

    Skoda Rapid does not have any sun roof for any of its variant.

  • Spoiler

    Rapid doesn't have any spoiler for the car.

  • Side Steps

    Rapid does not have any side step for the car.

  • Spare Wheel

    Rapid has a full size spare wheel located at its boot.

Mileage Running Cost

 The Rapid is available with two engines 1.6 petrol and a 1.6 diesel. The diesel is more efficient and the petrol automatic is the least efficient of the variant line-up. In petrol expect 10-12 kmpl and in diesel expect 14-15 kpl. The diesel is offers good efficiency and the engine offers good mix of performance and economy. The automatic gearbox takes away the efficiency a little bit.

Mileage Running Cost

  • City Fuel Economy

    Skoda rapid returns a average of 13kmpl in the city.

  • Highway Fuel Economy

    Skoda rapid returns a average of 17.5kmpl in the highways.

  • Arai Rated Economy

    Skoda Rapid Active 1.6 TDI CR MT Fuel: Diesel (ARAI Specified) :20.54 kmpl Skoda Rapid Ambition 1.6 MPI AT Fuel: Petrol (ARAI Specified) :14.4 kmpl Skoda Rapid Ambition 1.6 MPI MT Fuel: Petrol (ARAI Specified) :15.42 kmpl Skoda Rapid Active 1.6 MPI MT Fuel: Petrol (ARAI Specified) :15.42 kmpl Skoda Rapid Ambition 1.6 TDI CR MT Fuel: Diesel (ARAI Specified) :20.54 kmpl Skoda Rapid Elegance 1.6 MPI AT Fuel: Petrol (ARAI Specified) :14.4 kmpl Skoda Rapid Elegance 1.6 MPI MT

  • Tank Range

    Skoda Rapid has a tank range of approx 1100kms to depending on the driving condition.

Comfort Suspension

 Slow speed ride with a single person on board might not be very impressive with sharp imperfection and pot holes being felt easily. This is where we feel the Vento feels better. However, as speeds and the number of people in the car rise, its ride quality keeps become better and better! You can simply put the car into bad stretches or off the road while overtaking on narrow roads without having to worry about the occupants being thrown around. The same goes for the superb high speed manners – the Rapid feels rock solid even at over 150km/h speeds.

Comfort and Suspension

  • Comfort

    The front seats have good bolstering and thigh support, making them comfortable on long drives, the steering can be adjusted for height and reach and the driver’s seat can be raised and lowered too. So finding a good driving position is easy. The rear seat of the Rapid is also a good place to be. There’s plenty of legroom, the seat is wide and you get a nice airy feel when sitting in the rear. And the seat is reasonably comfortable too. You climb out feeling fresh even after a long drive.

  • Front Suspension

    Skoda rapid uses MacPherson struts up at the front and it provides the car with good stability as well as comfort for the passengers inside the car.

  • Rear Suspension

    Rapid uses non-independent coil springs in the rear so the rear seat passengers do not feel much bump from the road.

Engine Performance

The Skoda Rapid makes use of the same engine options as seen on the Vento. This means that it gets a 1.6-litre petrol as well as a 1.6-litre diesel engine. The petrol and diesel get a 5-speed manual transmission with an optional 6-speed automatic being made available on the petrol version. The petrol unit makes 105PS of power (less than the City, Verna 1.6, Fiesta and Linea T-Jet) and 153Nm of torque which is slightly less than the Verna 1.6 but a good 35% less than the Linea T-Jet. In real world driving however, it performs more than adequately, being refined and responsive. We drove the 6-speed automatic and it did the job pretty well. There is a slight lag between the driver’s throttle input and the car gaining momentum but that is expected. For city usage, this gearbox is pretty good. The pick of the lot though is the diesel unit. It generates 105PS of power and 250Nm of torque and is simply fantastic no matter how you drive the car. Enough low engine speed responsive and an absolute delight when pushed hard, the diesel unit also shines in the overall NVH levels. Skoda it seems has made use of a lot of noise and vibration damping and this shows its benefits inside the car while on the move. The engine is pretty efficient as well and should return 14-15kmpl in metro cities easily. The gear shift quality on the manual though isn’t as good as some of the other rivals in the same price band.

Engine Performance

  • Acceleration

    Rapid reaches 0-60kmph in about 4.09sec and 0-100kmph in about 8.18seconds.

  • Top Speed

    Rapid has a top speed of about 186 kmph but the speedo clocked 196 kmph when tested.

  • In Gear Acceleration

    Skoda Rapid petrol can touch 40-60 in just 5.29 seconds on the 3rd gear and 80-100 in just 4.74 secons in 3rd gear.

  • Gearbox

    Rapid uses a forward speed Five speed manual gearbox It is light to use, the throw is short and this makes it one of the slickest boxes around.

  • Power

    The car has a four in line longitudinal petrol 1598cc engine which gives an output of about 105ps of power @5250rpm. The 1.6TDI generates about 77ps of power at 4400rpm.

  • Torque

    The car produces 153nm of torque at 3800rpm. The 1.6TDI creates about 250nm of torque at about 1500-2500rpm.

  • NVH Levels

    Due to the Skoda High build quality The NVH noise level is very low inside the cabin and it doesn't vibrate at all in high speeds thanks to it very refined engine.

Braking Safety

 Yet, again, the Rapid being based on the Vento, we weren’t really in for a big change in the way the car handles. The Rapid also weighs almost the same, being slightly lighter but this shouldn’t be affecting the overall handling. The steering is of the electric variety (EPS) and hence expectedly very light at crawling speeds. It does weigh up nicely as speeds increase but still doesn’t have the confidence of say the new Fiesta. That said, the Rapid won’t really be driven in a very enthusiastic manner and this is where the car seems to tick all the right boxes. The Rapid has ABS with EBD and has driver and passenger airbags

Brakes and Wheels

  • Handling

    Throttle responses are relatively crisp, the motor revs more easily from medium engine speeds and there seems to be more punch in the mid-range. So driving in traffic is really much nicer, with only some turbo-lag present. The steering is light and makes driving effortless around town. Over undulating surfaces, the ride is pretty flat and there’s none of that annoying pitching motion you get with the Vento. It has a slightly hard edge when going over larger bumps though, especially large craters

  • Braking Performance

    The braking performance of the car is good it uses ventilated discs in the front and drum brakes at the rear it stops from100kmph to standstill in about 4.64 seconds.

  • Safety Features

    The Rapid is sold in three variants — Active, Ambition and Elegance. The Elegance, and a fuel support cut off system during a crash.

  • Abs

    Rapid has anti lock breaking system only in the two variants of the car the ambition and Elegance has ABS.

  • Traction Control

    There is no option for traction control in any of the variants of the Skoda Rapid.

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