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Skoda Rapid Review & First Drive

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Skoda Rapid Overview

At first, it is difficult to comprehend why Skoda is crying out hoarse over the ‘new’ Rapid. Sure, it looks new – at least from the front – and has some interesting features added to it, but let’s face it: this is a five-year-old car. Look closely though and you will find that the Rapid, especially in the drivetrain configuration we have tested here, is still one of the best sedans you can have for the price.

The Skoda Rapid facelift is also significant for the company in India – Skoda India was involved in almost every facet of the development of this car. From the conceptualisation, to the pre-production planning, localisation of parts, production and after-sales service – Skoda India has made many changes to the Rapid to make it more competitive in the market.

Skoda Rapid Style

One look and you will notice the peculiar familiarity of the new Rapid with the Skoda Octavia and the Superb. The fascia is more slender than the old car and it now features sleeker headlamps like in the Octavia. These projector units also feature DRLs that just adds to the Rapid’s more premium looks. The signature moustache grille is carried over, below which is a redesigned bumper with restyled air dams and fog lamps. Moving to the side of the car, the only change is the chrome embellishment on the door handles. At the back, you get smoked tail lights, a slim spoiler and a chrome slat on the tail gate. All these changes have made the Rapid look fresher and sharper than the outgoing model. Check for Skoda Rapid price in Hyderabad.

Skoda Rapid Space

Well for starters, it looks pretty much the same. And that’s because the dashboard layout remains the same. But once you get into the driving seat, the new details start to stand out. I like the ebony-sand dual tone combo on the dash and the fact that everything feels so well built together.The most important addition on the inside though is the 6.5 inch colour touch screen infotainment system. You get the usual USB, AUX and Bluetooth with the addition of MirrorLink connectivity. There’s more too. You get rain sensing wipers, the steering wheel is adjustable for height and reach, the glovebox is cooled, climate control along with rear aircon vents and cruise control.

A nice utility touch is the addition of a cardholder clip to keep the toll receipts or change. It’s only when you try to fire up the engine that you suddenly realise the absence of a start/stop button and a rear view camera when you want to back up. Other than that the front seats are pretty comfortable. We drove it for over three hours at a stretch and found enough support in the right places to be comfortable.There is enough legroom at the rear too, maybe not as much as the Honda City or the Ciaz, but nothing to complain about. The boot has more than adequate space at 460 litres and will swallow plenty of luggage for those weekend trips.

The only grouse that each one of us had with the boot was that there is no boot opening button on the boot and one has to pull on a little button near the driver’s door or use the key-fob.The Rapid’s interior are a much better place to be in now however it will take more than just the addition of a touch screen infotainment system and additional features to get up to speed with the more modern and not to mention swanky competition.

Skoda Rapid Gearbox

Along with the facelift, the Rapid also gets the updated 1.5 litre TDI engine which debuted with the VW Ameo. The engine which gets a larger turbo and is locally sourced makes 110BHP as compared to the 105BHP the earlier engine made. At 250 Nm the torque however remains the same. This unit comes linked to either a 5-speed manual transmission or the 7-speed DSG. To know more information on Skoda Rapid visit Icps2016

We managed to drive the manual variant. The engine like before is on the louder side and one can hear the clatter especially when the engine is cold. Performance though remains a highlight. Going up the ghats in Mussorie, we managed to climb most of it in third gear despite the route being a twisty one with numerous hairpin bends and traffic. The performance is dull under 2000 rpm post which the turbo spools up and you get a fat wave of torque, pushing you ahead. Drivability is the highpoint of this engine and you barely need to shift gears, which is a good thing considering the clutch is on the heavier side. The gear shift too are slightly on the heavier side but slots in nicely.

The Rapid also gets a petrol option in the form of the 1.6 MPI unit which again comes with a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. The engine and the specs remain exactly the same as before. The automatic we drove is ‘not’ a DSG in the petrol but a regular torque converter. The engine makes a healthy 105BHP and 153 Nm of torque.The conventional gearbox is on the slower side especially when you shift it into D trying to conquer uphill climbs but around town the gearbox does its job well. Using it in Tiptronic mode does allow you to use the engine torque spread better though.

Skoda Rapid Riding

Driving around slow moving traffic and by lanes, we really appreciated the direct and easy to twirl steering which makes it easy to maneuver. Low speed ride is absorbent and pot-hole infested roads were also dismissed without any problem. But large road imperfections do make their presence felt in the cabin, as the suspension thuds through them. On the highway, the Rapid displays good stability and the comfortable ride makes it an able cruiser. Over undulating surfaces it does tend to bounce a bit and a flatter ride would have been welcomed. Around twisty sections, the Rapid feels willing and the direct steering, good body control and loads of grip gives you lot of confidence. The brakes too offered good bite and stopping power felt more than adequate.

Skoda Rapid Safety

The Rapid is offered with dual front airbags as standard, the front and rear headrests are adjustable and there are three-point seatbelts for four passengers. Front disc brakes, ABS, EBD also add an additional layer of safety.​

Skoda Rapid Cost in Hyderabad

Skoda Rapid On Road Price is 9,57,878/- and Ex-showroom Price is 7,99,599/- in Hyderabad. Skoda Rapid comes in 1 colours, namely Candy White. Skoda Rapid comes with FWD with 1598 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 103 bhp@5200-5250 rpm and Peak Torque 153 Nm@3750-3800 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at N/A . Skoda Rapid comes with Manual Transmission with FWD .

Skoda Rapid Final Thought

The update has certainly made the Rapid a lot more competitive. For starters it looks a lot sharper than before, gets more features along with ABS and Airbags being standard across all variants. Skoda has also looked into the warranty aspect and is now the only manufacturer offering a standard four year warranty along with four years of Skoda Roadside Assistance and Skoda maintenance Package. With prices for the base petrol manual starting at 8.19 lakh and going up to Rs. 12.55 lakh for the top end Style DSG (ex-Mumbai), prices are on par with the competition. The Rapid makes a strong case for itself for those who like to drive and appreciate a well-built product.

Skoda Superb Hatchback First Drive & Performance

Skoda Superb Overview

You have to be pretty confident about your product before you decide to call it ‘Superb’, don’t you? Nearly after a decade and a half since we first saw the big Czech, it’s back in an all-new avatar. Its predecessor cemented Skoda’s premium appeal, offering quality, luxury and unparalleled space for the money. The new one promises to be better than ever before. Well, is it? Request a test drive for Superb in Tryaldrive

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Skoda Superb Exterior

The first-generation of the Superb for India had a very gangster like look. It made its presence felt. Then the gangster went on a diet and wore a suit. The new design then was sleek and elegant. Skoda has now dressed the new Superb in an Armani tuxedo. It is the most dabber looking saloon in its segment at the moment. The front grille with the vertical chrome slats and even gets a chrome surround. The daytime running LEDs and indicator lamps are enclosed in the same housing. The fog lamp’s design too is well chiselled. The hood has prominent strakes and the centre forms a slender nose. Another very attractive styling are the intricately detailed headlights, which celebrate the renowned Bohemian glass cutting skills. The bi-xenon headlamps are engraved with a decorative cut to make it look appealing.

The side profile of the new Superb looks a lot more aggressive than before as it has lesser glass area especially at the rear. The glass tapers giving more space for metal and looks like a haunch. Then 17-inch tyres fill the wheel well. The rear again bears some resemblance to the previous-generation Superb, but the tail lamps are elongated horizontally. This makes it look a lot more appealing.

Skoda Superb Interior

The simple yet minimalistic styling continues on the interiors as well. Some of the elements in the centre console look familiar to that of the Octavia though. There is a great feeling of space and airiness once you get inside the cabin and the quality is top notch all around. The layered dashboard gets black on the top with gloss finish in the middle while beige is used at the bottom. There is a thin ambient light running across the dashboard in the middle which looks elegant at night and offers three colours to choose from – white, green and blue. The 3-spoke steering with paddle shifts feels good to hold having contours on either side. The instrument cluster is clear to read and there is an informative MID providing all the information about the car.

The infotainment system comes with a large 6.5 inch touchscreen having very responsive touch feel. It comes with seamless phone connectivity for almost all platforms including MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Canton audio system has 12 speakers including a central speaker and a subwoofer, the audio quality is just amazing for a car in this class. More connectivity options include AUX, USB, SD Card and Bluetooth with SmartLink. Underneath the infotainment is a dual zone climate control system that chills the cabin quickly and also offers front seats ventilation feature. There are 12-way electrically adjustable front seats, driver seat also has memory function.

The rear seat of the new Skoda Superb is a fantastic place to stretch your legs and be at home. There is huge amount of space on offer and even 7 footers won’t complain about it. The legroom has been increased, headroom is decent while the shoulder room has also increased so you can seat three people abreast with ease. There is a dedicated third climate control zone for the rear passengers that adds to the convenience. There are enough storage spaces to keep knick knacks including front arm rest, cup holders, rear armrest with cupholders, cooled glovebox and more. The boot is humongous having 625-litres of space and if you fold the rear seats down it extends to a whopping 1760-litres of space. The boot is electrically operable and there is also a cool gesture to open the boot, just kick below the bumper and it’ll open. Some of the key features include Skoda umbrellas, roll up sun visors for rear windows and windscreen, perforated leather upholstery, adaptive headlights, electromechanical parking brake, park distance control, panoramic sunroof, tyre pressure monitoring, boss controls, etc.

Skoda Superb Gearbox

The Skoda Superb comes with a 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine that churns 178bhp of power and 320Nm of torque for six-speed manual and 250Nm for seven-speed DSG. The second option is 2.0-litre that churns 175bhp of power and 350Nm of peak torque. This comes only with a six-speed DSG.The NVH levels are fairly low as there is a lot of insulation inside. The power of this engine is good and there is sufficient power in these engines to drive in city or even on the highway. Overtaking is a breeze. The L&K variants come with paddle shift that make it easy to change gears. The automatics have sport and tip tronic modes too. Then another driving mode to set your steering wheel, throttle response and transmission in Eco, Dynamic, comfort modes with the last being individual, where the driver can decide and change aspects as per requirement.

Skoda Superb Driving

German cars are known for their well engineered ride and handling balance and same is the case here. The Skoda Superb just floats over rough edges and potholes with fantastic damping that keeps away the clunks. There are high profile tyres that further make the ride cushy at low speeds. You don’t feel the stiffness as the India spec Superb is more comfort oriented. You might have to compromise a wee bit in the handling department because of the softer ride, there is a hint of body roll when you push it hard. Otherwise the Superb responds to steering inputs very briskly and is quite agile for its size on the ghat sections. There are some driving modes on offer including Eco, Normal, Sport and Individual. These modes alter steering responsiveness, engine and transmission. The steering feedback is precise in the Sport mode while it is light and easy to manoeuvre in the normal mode for city driving conditions. The Superb is very stable at high speeds and it can munch miles all day with its perfect ride and handling balance.

Skoda Superb Safety

Skoda has done no compromise in terms of safety as you get top notch equipment with the new Superb. The list is long and here it is – 8 airbags, ABS, EBD, Hill Hold Control, multi-collision brake, anti-slip regulation, electronic differential lock, traction control system, electronic stability control and more. Skoda after sales service has been controversial in India but according to the carmaker, they have improved a lot in terms of turn around time, spare part costs, customer satisfaction after the launch of the new Octavia. The Czech carmaker says customer satisfaction level has gone up in the recent past and they are working hard to get everything right when it comes to after sales.

Skoda Superb Price in Mumbai

Skoda Superb Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 25,07,039/- (Superb Style 1.8 TSI MT) to 32,39,587/- (Superb L and K 2.0 TDI AT). Get best offers for Skoda Superb from Skoda Dealers in Mumbai. Check for Superb price in Mumbai at Carzprice

Skoda Superb Conclusion

The third-gen Skoda Superb simply approves its old recipe of space, pace and grace. There’s practically nothing to dislike about the car, save for a slightly gruff engine note. There’s enough space for five occupants, and the massive 625-litre boot will swallow their luggage whole as well.More than anything, it is phenomenal value-for-money The plethora of tech is enough to keep a millennial busy, and the engines feel in their element as well. If you have close to Rs 35 lakh to spend on car and are looking at entry-level luxury cars such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA or the Audi A3, we recommend you take a look at the Superb.