The long pending new version of Skoda Rapid was launched yesterday and the Czech makers have actually tried well to make the looks appealing to the young audience and a fun to drive car.
Skoda Rapid is launched with prices starting at Rs. 8.27 lakh to Rs. 11.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for petrol version and diesel variant of the new Rapid, Skoda has priced it from Rs. 9.48 – 12.67 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Skoda Rapid has received a major facelift and upgrade since its launch in 2011. Let’s have a look at the top 5 reasons which makes this car worth consideration in its segment.
1. Exteriors looks better than ever!
The exterior of the new Skoda Rapid is based on its Crystalline design which makes it look very fresh, bold and up market. The new signature butterfly shaped grill and projector headlights along with daytime running LEDs makes the front profile of the car very premium and classy. The Crystalline design continues to the back of the car with some beautiful edges on the side panels. The tail lights of the car now have LEDs and follow the same but a better looking C design. We heard a lot of people at the event who were actually kind of very impressed by the rear profile of the car thanks to the rear spoiler and beautiful edges with Crystalline design on the rear bumbers.
2. Modern & upmarket Interiors.
The inside of the Skoda Rapid receives a major upgrade with the large 6.5 inches touchscreen infotainment with MirrorLink.The also has a host of tweaks and some new equipments on board like the cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, automatic headlamps, rear AC vent and many more. The dual-tone ebony sand interiors also looks and feel upmarket. The new rapid also has a fully tiltable and telescopic steering wheel. Another two features that stand out the Rapid in its category are the rain sensing wipers and the Amber lights at the front.
3. 7 speed automatic DSG transmission.
Anyone who has driven any car with the DSG transmission knows that It’s the finest automatic transmission till date. CVT transmission found in Honda City comes close in terms of smooth and quick gear shifting but DSG still win hands down. The Rapid has the same DSG transmission with the Sports mode but misses on the manual gear pedals. However, the 7 speed DSG does have the tiptronic shifting available.
4. Most Safest and Solid car in segment.
Like all Skoda cars, the Rapid’s upper body is also made in a single sheet unlike other manufacturers which makes the car a lot durable and safe in mishaps. Also, the toughness and solidness of the car can be felt on holding the bonet and the door of the car. It’s not surprising that one will actually feel the weight of the bonet and doors to be almost double the weight of any other cars in this segment. This makes the Skoda Rapid one of the safest cars to be driven on highways providing excellent safety and stability on high speeds. It also has ABS and dual front airbags as part of standard equipment.
5. Worryless drive for 4 years!
To address the issue of high maintenance cost and services for Skoda cars, it has launched a 4 year service care program which gives customers a worryless drive and ownership for 4 years. The program includes 4 year skoda warranty, 4 year road assistant across India and 4 year maintaining package and that too for just Rs. 29,999. We think that’s actually a great step and will definitely help in pushing up the sales and will bring more confidence in customers.
The New Skoda Rapid looks very fresh, bold and masculine and is all set to compete with Ciaz, City and Verna. Let us know your comments and feedback on the new Rapid. 🙂