Skoda Rapid 1.0 TSI review, road test

    Now gets an internationally acclaimed turbo-petrol engine and a 6-speed manual.

    Published on Jul 25, 2020 06:00:00 AM


    The Rapid has always been a fundamentally strong proposition, and this new engine only makes it better. Performance has significantly improved compared to the earlier 1.6-litre, and it still remains one of the nicer cars to drive in its class. It retains that solid, reassuring build, and the interior quality is second to none. At Rs 7.49 lakh (base Rider variant), Skoda is offering this mechanically sound, three-box sedan for the price of a premium hatchback, making this variant incredible value for money. However, the Rider trim aside, the Rapid’s value proposition fades away when you look at it in a broader light, amidst its competitors. Its city fuel economy is a bit low; it misses equipment like a sunroof, LED headlamps and Android Auto or Apple CarPlay; and the interior’s styling seems quite dated by modern standards.

    Monte Carlo variant’s sporty seats add colour but look aftermarket.

    But despite its flaws, the Rapid’s appeal lies in its simplicity and in the way it drives, and if you are willing to compromise on some features and a bit of modernity for a solid driving experience, the Skoda Rapid TSI is the car for you.

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