2011 Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento
The Indian automobile market has incessantly embraced wide range of vehicles hailing from celebrated makers; but hatchbacks and sedans have always emerged out as the hot favourites owing to their unmatched popularity among buyers.
Few years back, the Japanese and Korean carmakers were responsible for disseminating maximum mid-size sedans in the domestic market. However, with the passing time, German brands like Volkswagen seem to have an upper hand, as the much needed distinctness could be witnessed in their vehicles. Following the unprecedented achievements of Volkswagen Vento in the domestic automobile market, the company’s subsidiary unit, Skoda Auto recently launched the eagerly awaited mid-size sedan Rapid. Hence, a comparison between Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento seems to be an inevitable encounter. Thus for car aficionados, here is a detailed comparison between the two giant counterparts.
|Models||Skoda Rapid||Volkswagen Vento|
|Exteriors||Skoda Rapid confirms to be inspired by Volkswagen Vento seeing its design, but irrefutably stands out in terms of trims and blends. It carries a more symmetrical appearance and sturdy body. Parallel front grills, front and rear fog lamps, body coloured outside rear view mirrors, body coloured front and rear bumpers adds to the fascinating overall view. In addition, the body coloured door handles, attractive alloy wheels/ wheel covers and roof integrated antenna find a place in the sedan.||Volkswagen Vento has a mesmerising appearance that can single-handedly bring immense success for the sedan. At the outside, the tactfully designed headlamps, body coloured rear view mirrors, crystal clear chrome trimmed fog lamps, body coloured door handles, 15-inches alloy wheels and body coloured bumpers offer great feel. .|
|Interiors||The car displays high quality fabric/leather upholstery in order to offer a high-class experience to its passengers. The dash-board of Skoda Rapid is covered by the best quality plastics. While the centre console will have ore symmetry, the instrument cluster will be similar to the Vento. A long wheelbase enhances the leg-room that would suffice the passengers in terms of comfort.||Volkswagen Vento has topped the charts, right from the start, in terms of interiors. The capacious and skilfully finished interiors reflect the class offered by Volkswagen products. Vento proves to be at par with its counterpart in terms of safety, as the leg-room and shoulder space measurements are same as the Rapid.|
|Engine and Specifications||Skoda Rapid comes in petrol and diesel variants, wherein both the engines will have 1.6-litre capacity. The petrol engine of this car would produce a maximum output of 104 hp at 5250 rpm and maximum torque of 153 Nm at 3800 rpm. On the other hand, the diesel variant would give maximum power of 104 hp at 4400 rpm and peak torque of 250 Nm at 1500 rpm.||Volkswagen Vento is available in 1.6-litre petrol engine and diesel engine options. Its petrol engine is capable of churning a maximum power of 104 hp at 5250 rpm and maximum torque of 153 Nm at 3800 rpm, confirming similar performance while being driven. The diesel engine however, generates a peak power of 104 hp at 4400 rpm and peak torque of 250 Nm at 1500 rpm to 2500 rpm.|
|Features||The Rapid has been assimilated with features like power windows, power steering, anti-lock braking system with EBD, dual airbags and keyless entry. In addition, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, rear defogger, height adjustable drivers’ seat, engine immobilizer and front centre armrest bring together comfort and safety.||Volkswagen Vento comprises an exclusive range of features like air-conditioner, power steering, power windows, alloy wheels and central locking. Remote trunk pener, remote fuel lid opener, power door locks, front cup-holders, adjustable headlamps and power adjustable exterior rear view mirror make their way to Vento.|
|Mileage||Skoda Rapid has proved its mettle in terms of fuel efficiency as it will deliver a mileage of 15.4 kmpl for its petrol variant and 20.5 kmpl for its diesel variant.||The petrol variant of Volkswagen Vento offers a mileage of 11 to 12 kmpl in city conditions and 15 to 16 kmpl on highways. On the other hand, the diesel variant is capable of delivering 15 to 16 kmpl mileage in city conditions and 19 to 20 kmpl on highways.|
|Price||Between Rs. 6.75 lacs to Rs. 9.19 lacs is the price range being offered by the recently launched Skoda Rapid.||Rs. 8 lacs and Rs. 10.5 lacs is the price bracket that has been set for VW Vento.|
Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento have attracted infinite paparazzi as they vow to be the most committed and efficient sedans in the market; and thus, the face-off is ought to be interesting and intense.
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