With the introduction of an automatic gearbox and a new option package, the Skoda Rapid is back with a bang.
The Rapid retains the suspension setup. So, you have a car which rides comfortably and has the good all-round stability to make it well-suited for long distance cruising. The low-speed ride is good, with only large potholes thumping through to the cabin. At high speeds, the soft suspension does tend to bob over undulations, but it never gets uncomfortable. And if you are in the mood for some fun at the wheel, the Rapid has good handling characteristics, and the light yet precise steering adds to the overall confidence.
Other than the updated engine with a DSG ’box, the Rapid also comes with the option of a Black package that costs around Rs 20,000. This package is only available on the top Elegance variant, and gets more features than the standard car. This includes blackened projector headlamps and foglamps. The grille too is finished in black, which looks classy in today’s age of excessive chrome use. What also stands out on this car are the black mirrors and alloy wheels. Apart from this, you can also opt for a blackened roof and black side foils directly from the dealer. The cabin remains unchanged and you get the same high-quality interior with good fit and finish. The front and rear seats are comfortable with loads of space, and the wide rear bench can seat three abreast in reasonable comfort.