July 25, 2024

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Car and Comfort

2020 Skoda Rapid TSI review, test drive

What is it?

The 2020 BS6 Skoda Rapid, facelifts notwithstanding, is fundamentally unchanged considering the fact that its launch way back again in 2011. Even so, although the new car receives no exterior or inside changes to discuss of, there is a large transformation below the bonnet. Out goes the ageing one.six-litre naturally aspirated petrol, and in comes a present day 999cc, three-cylinder TSI motor. This compact and gentle, direct-injection turbo-petrol belongs to the EA211 engine loved ones of the VW Team and will electricity foreseeable future Skoda and VW compact cars. With the one.five TDI diesel now discontinued, there is a lot riding on the one. TSI – the sole engine powering the Rapid variety.

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New drive-fed one.-litre engine is much more powerful than the outgoing one.six-litre petrol.


This engine, shared with the Polo and Vento TSI from sister (and rival) brand name VW, has an outstanding spec sheet. It produces a robust 110hp and 175Nm of torque, which is a 5hp and 22Nm bump up over the previous one.six-litre. A new six-velocity manual replaces the outdated five-velocity device but individuals searching for an computerized variant will have to hold out right up until September for the new six-velocity torque converter auto.

The one. TSI Rapid appeals to the pocket as nicely, with significantly far better gasoline effectiveness than the discontinued one.six motor. The formal examination determine of eighteen.97kpl can make it much more effective by a substantial 3.56kpl. But the large shocker is the value – the base Rider variant starts off at just Rs. Rs 7.forty nine lakh, which drops it smack in premium hatchback territory, which means it’s more cost-effective than even the VW Polo one. TSI powered by the identical engine.

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New six-velocity manual has a gentle and shorter throw.


What is it like to push?

The new one. TSI is nearly 600cc down on the Rapid’s previous one.six-litre engine, showing up to be at a substantial downside. This, even so, is not the circumstance. To dispel this myth, just glance at the effectiveness figures. A scant -100kph time of 10.09sec can make it one particular of the swiftest cars in its course, and it’s a full second quicker than the previously one.six Rapid. Press on to 140kph and the hole boosts by over 3sec. But to be trustworthy, the out-of-date EA111 one.six-litre, four-valve-for each-cylinder, twin-cam engine was hardly ever the previous term in effectiveness, so to get a appropriate perspective, it can make much more perception to stack the Rapid’s figures from the segment benchmark, the Honda City.

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The Rapid TSI is one particular of the fastest midsize sedans.


In the sprint to 100kph, the Rapid pips the City (10.13sec) and widens the hole a bit to 140kph (19.6sec vs 19.93sec), but, for all practical applications, they are evenly matched in a straight drag. These figures, even so, are now educational as the up coming-gen City, due up coming thirty day period, will get a marginally much more powerful one.five petrol engine and a six-velocity gearbox.

What’s apparent is that the Rapid, which goes on to hit a best velocity of 195kph is… nicely, very Rapid. So if you want uncooked acceleration and velocity in a midsize sedan, this most current one particular will not disappoint you.

2020 Rapid one. TSI effectiveness figures (as analyzed)
-10kph .56s
-20kph one.19s
-30kph one.78s
-40kph 2.40s
-50kph 3.39s
-60kph four.36s
-70kph five.43s
-80kph six.62s
-90kph eight.00s
-100kph 10.09s
-110kph 11.96s
-120kph 14.00s
-130kph sixteen.53s
-140kph 19.60s
20-80kph (in 3rd equipment) 11.69s
40-100kph (in fourth equipment) 14.38s
eighty-0kph 29.05m, 2.72s

Even much more outstanding is the robust mid-variety effectiveness. With the turbo nicely spooled up, it only runs absent from the Honda City and every single other midsize sedan  in our in-equipment acceleration checks. In the 40-100kph slog in 4th equipment, the Rapid is almost 3sec a lot quicker than the Honda!

These figures mirror the relieve with which the Skoda Rapid builds up velocity. The mystery is the vast spread of torque and nicely-judged equipment ratios they get the job done nicely with each other to extract the most from this compact, large-slaying engine. From just below 3,000rpm, this engine pulls hard and robust with no permit up right up until the six,700rpm redline. In reality, it’s an engine that loves to be revved and it’s all too simple to hit the rev limiter. In reality, the much more you rev it, the smoother it receives, and that characteristic three-cylinder thrum is the only giveaway that it has one particular cylinder much less. This fantastically balanced engine is largely vibration-no cost and it’s only at idle you sense it carefully rocking on its mounts.

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Great physique command and significant-velocity manners have been hallmarks of the Rapid.


If there is a weakness with this engine, it’s at lower speeds. Mash the throttle beneath 2,500rpm when the turbocharger is off boost, and you will get a tepid response which explains  why the aphorism ‘there’s no alternative displacement’ is so overused.

On part-throttle, this one. is rather responsive, but it’s when you want a burst of acceleration in slow-relocating traffic that you will find on your own fumbling for a reduce equipment. In reality, you have a tendency to shift amongst 3rd and 2nd gears much more frequently in city traffic to retain the engine in the thick of the powerband. The great factor is that the new six-velocity manual transmission has a gentle and shorter throw but it does sense a touch notchy when you shift the stubby lever throughout the gate.

The 2020 Rapid receives no mechanical changes other than the TSI engine, so the suspension is the identical as in advance of, which, in reality, enhances the extra electricity. The damping is a touch on the stiff side, so massive bumps make their presence felt with a thunk. General, however, the experience high-quality is very absorbent. On an really undulating road, the Rapid pitches a bit but with this lighter engine, it doesn’t sense as nose-hefty as in advance of. In reality, restricted physique command and assurance-inspiring significant-velocity manners have been hallmarks of the Rapid, and now put together with a punchy engine and taller gearing, it’s an even much more effective highway cruiser. The steering isn’t bristling with sense or is not specifically responsive but it’s precise and has a reassuring amount of heft that presents you the assurance to relish a winding road.

What is it like inside?

The cabin is unchanged as nicely, and although you do recognize the reliable create, the hard-putting on high-quality of plastics, the location-on ergonomics and the fuss-no cost style and design, there is no doubt that interiors glance dated. With this best-spec (and very posh-sounding) Monte Carlo trim, Skoda has attempted to invigorate the cabin applying some racy bits. The flat-bottomed steering with a chunky, perforated grip and red stitching looks and feels wonderful, but the jazzy seat trim with red accents and ‘Monte Carlo’ embossed on the headrests looks much less convincing.

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The interiors do glance dated, however you will find a lot to like in the ergonomics and fuss-no cost style and design.


The seats are very supportive and snug as usually. Legroom at the rear is great however not as generous as in the Ciaz and City but the location-on cushioning, the significant seating situation and great underthigh support much more than can make up for that. There are tons of useable storage bins scattered throughout the cabin, and welcome additions to the Rapid variety are mildly tinted windows and rear window shades.

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Rapid’s seats are comfortbale and supportive.


Taking centre phase (virtually) is Skoda’s eight.-inch Android-based mostly infotainment process that’s squeezed into the centre console as a retrofit. The significant-res display is sharp, simple to read through and doesn’t pick up reflections but it’s not very intuitive to use. There’s no Android Auto or Apple CarPlay consumers do get cellular phone display mirroring by using a 3rd party ‘EasyConnection’ application but the working experience isn’t specifically seamless. The one USB port, situated inconveniently in the glovebox, feels like an afterthought. 

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Legroom at the rear is great however not as generous as in the Ciaz and City.


Major-spec Rapid Monte Carlo variants get auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, tilt-telescopic steering, rear ac vents, auto-dimming inside mirror, rear-watch digital camera and local climate command as noteworthy characteristics. The much more-economical Design and style variant receives side airbags, which the Monte-Carlo misses.

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New eight.-inch touschscreen infotainment system is sharp, simple to read through and doesn’t pick up reflections but it’s not very intuitive.


Options like LED headlamps, cooled seats, sunroof, engine begin-stop button, six airbags, ESP and tyre force check, all of which rivals offer, are not an option on any Rapid variant.

Should really I buy one particular?

The Rapid was previous specified a facelift in 2016 but its thoroughly clean and sharp style and design has aged fairly gracefully. It now receives a refreshing lease of existence with the potent one. TSI which enhances the fantastic chassis and radically lifts the car’s charm. It is a great city car, a terrific highway cruiser and rather effective too.

The best-spec Monte Carlo version is reasonably geared up for the value (Rs. 11.79 lakh) but the Rider variant that has grabbed plenty of attention with its Rs 7.forty nine lakh value tag, has no touchscreen or alloy wheels. Even so, for individuals keen to shop around for these as aftermarket package, this variant is a genuine deal.

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The Rapid has aged gracefully considering the fact that its previous facelift in 2016.


The Skoda Rapid doesn’t have the most current gizmos or the digital tech offered by rivals, and it feels a touch analogue in comparison but therein lies its attraction. Couple of cars merge wonderful create high-quality, great dynamics and practicality like the Rapid. It is an outdated-university car that continue to receives its fundamentals correct. If you adore to push and will need a protected and reliable midsize sedan that will not split the bank, the 2020 Skoda Rapid one. TSI is the one particular for you.

Also see:

Skoda confident of retaining sector share with petrol-only Rapid

Skoda Rapid vs rivals: Rate, requirements comparison

Turbocharged petrol cars for below Rs 10 lakh

Volkswagen Polo, Vento AT deliveries probably to start in August

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