Cartrade Comparison Test
There is no denying that the last financial year was good for the Indian auto industry, where automakers were delighted with volume sales and buyers spoiled with various facelifted and new car models. In this progression, Skoda and Volkswagen India introduced the updated version of the Rapid and Vento respectively. Since both the vehicles are essentially the same with different badges and styling, both received a new 1.5-litre TDI engine and the DSG automatic gearbox.
The new Rapid received new badging, halogen projector headlamps with manual leveling, 15-inches alloys and revised bootlid, while the interior updates include a height adjustable steering wheel and driver seat and a few more. Meanwhile, the Vento, in its second facelift, got a new pair of alloys, headlamps, steering wheel, trip computer and three new colors, along with the new diesel power-unit. The Vento’s neatly designed matte-silver finish centre console, metal-clad gearlever, leather upholstery looks more premium against the Rapid’s dull grey plastic and fabric upholstery. Though, the Rapid offers more supportive seats, slightly soft cushioning and more legroom. Overall, the VW Vento looks sportier and more up-market than the Rapid.
Performance: Skoda Rapid Vs Volkswagen Vento
Both the cars get a new 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder TDI diesel engine, paired either with a 5-speed manual or the new seven-speed DSG gearbox, delivering a maximum power of 103bhp with 250Nm of torque. The engine is bit noisy, but the power delivery is seamless. It doesn’t excite at high revs, though, the mid range performance is wide and extremely powerful. The DSG auto gearbox complements the engine performance. Gear ratios are shorter, and turbo lag is minimal. The acceleration of both the cars is nearly equivalent. These two sedans, having the same suspension and chassis composition, stand on the same staircase when it comes to ride quality, though the Vento’s ride is slightly more comfortable than the Rapid.
With almost similar ride quality, performance and drivability, the Rapid and Vento facelifts have head-to-head competition. When we compare these cars on the grounds of styling and equipments, the Vento seems more biased towards luxury, while the Rapid has a sporty spirit. The Vento with more premium brand value might make sense for the buyers who believe in authenticity and accountability. However, the Rapid’s top-spec models are marginally superior. The diesel DSG versions of the Rapid and Vento are available in Ambition Plus & Elegance and Comfortline & Highline trims respectively with same warranty service. The Rapid is slightly cheaper than the Vento, but what matters the most is the aftersales services, where VW has an upper hand over Skoda.