Skoda Rapid TSI

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  • 7.79 - 13.29 Lakh
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    Mileage
    Mileage
    16 - 19 kmpl
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Skoda Rapid TSI Key Specifications

  • Price

    7.79 Lakh onwards

    Mileage

    16 - 19 kmpl

    Engine

    999 cc

    Transmission

    Manual, Automatic

    Fuel Type

    Petrol

    Seating Capacity

    5 Seater

Quick Facts about Skoda Rapid TSI

Skoda Rapid TSI, a Sedan, is available from 7.79 Lakh to 13.29 Lakh in India. Skoda offers the latest Rapid TSI in 11 versions in India. The base model Rider starts at 7.79 Lakh in Delhi and the top model Monte Carlo AT is priced at 13.29 Lakh in Delhi. If you are looking for 5 seater car then you should consider Rapid TSI.

Rapid TSI comes in 11 Petrol version(s).

Petrol version comes with 999cc engine capacity and both manual, automatic transmission mode(s). It generates 109hp power at 5000 rpm.

Skoda Rapid TSI comes in 6 colors which include Toffee Brown, Lapiz Blue, Carbon Steel, Flash Red, Brilliant Silver, Candy White.

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Skoda Rapid TSI Price List (By Variant)

VARIANTS EX-SHOWROOM PRICE (DELHI) COMPARE
Petrol

Rider

999 cc | Manual | 17 - 19 kmpl
7.79 Lakh Check On Road Price

Rider Plus

999 cc | Manual | 17 - 19 kmpl
8.19 Lakh Check On Road Price

Rider Plus AT

999 cc | Automatic | 14 - 16 kmpl
9.69 Lakh Check On Road Price

Ambition

999 cc | Manual | 17 - 19 kmpl
9.99 Lakh Check On Road Price

Onyx

999 cc | Manual | 17 - 19 kmpl
10.19 Lakh Check On Road Price

Ambition AT

999 cc | Automatic | 14 - 16 kmpl
11.49 Lakh Check On Road Price

Onyx AT

999 cc | Automatic | 14 - 16 kmpl
11.69 Lakh Check On Road Price

Style

999 cc | Manual | 17 - 19 kmpl
11.69 Lakh Check On Road Price

Monte Carlo

999 cc | Manual | 17 - 19 kmpl
11.99 Lakh Check On Road Price

Style AT

999 cc | Automatic | 14 - 16 kmpl
12.99 Lakh Check On Road Price

Monte Carlo AT

999 cc | Automatic | 14 - 16 kmpl
13.29 Lakh Check On Road Price

Skoda Rapid TSI Price in Popular Cities

8.64 - 15.21 Lakh
8.99 - 15.53 Lakh
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8.52 - 14.61 Lakh
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About Skoda Rapid TSI

Summary

Skoda India launched the Rapid TSI in India in mid-2020, with prices starting at Rs 7.49 lakh (ex-showroom). The model is available in five variants that include Rider, Ambition, Style, Onyx and Monte Carlo.

Exterior

The Skoda Rapid carries over the same silhouette it has been running since its launch but now with modern design elements like the latest Skoda grille, new head lamps, tail lamps, fog lamps as well as various designs for the alloy wheels.

Interior

The cabin too has been carried over unchanged from the previous models and sports the same layout and elements but now with an updated feature list. Even the dimensions are unchanged and so you the same amount of space in both rows as well as in the boot area.

Features

Feature wise, the Skoda Rapid TSI comes equipped with automatic climate control, automatic wipers, touchscreen infotainment system with integrated reverse camera, cruise control, automatic headlamps and wipers, auto-dimming IRVM, flat-bottom steering wheel, projector headlamps and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Engine & Transmission

The powertrain option on the Skoda Rapid TSI is limited to a 1.0-litre, three cylinder petrol engine that produces 109bhp and 175Nm of torque. The model is currently offered only with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic.

Competition

The Skoda Rapid is a rival for the likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Ciaz and the Volkswagen Vento.

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Skoda Rapid TSI Expert Review

Santosh Nair
by Santosh Nair
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Introduction

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When the new BS6 Skoda Rapid was launched in May 2020 at cut-throat starting prices, it didn’t take long for the entry-level ‘Rider’ variant to get sold out. Following this, the ‘Rider’ was reinstated this year with an increment of Rs 30,000 over last year’s listing price. It eventually reclaimed its position of being the most affordable sedan amongst others like the Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen’s Vento, and the new Honda City. As for the BS6 edition of the Rapid, in addition to the minor tweaks to the exterior and interior, it is now powered by a new BS6 compliant 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor with the option of a manual or auto transmission.

Exterior

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What we have here is the top-end ‘Monte Carlo’ variant that gets an all-black grille with gloss-black adorning the door mirrors and tailgate spoiler. Then there are dual-tone alloy wheels and also the ‘Monte Carlo’ B-pillar badging to show others where you’ve put your money. All variants also get the ‘quartz-cut’ projector headlamps that get those sexy dark internals. Admittedly, the Rapid may not come across as modern, but the clean body lines give it an elegant appeal. Like how fit Helen Mirren is in her 70s!

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Interior

Skoda Rapid TSI Dashboard

On to what’s new. There’s the ‘Monte Carlo’ inscribed scuff plates and cushions, the glitzy leatherette upholstery, and bright red seams running through the flat-bottom steering and the gear lever boot. Another fine addition is the eight-inch Skoda Android touchscreen infotainment system which sounds okay, but despite being based on Android, the user interface needs some getting used to. What remains though, is the well-built cabin that’s uncluttered, ergonomic, and functional. However, it simply looks outdated. 

Skoda Rapid TSI Front Row Seats

The only thing that felt ridiculously out of place is the USB port that’s mysteriously placed in the glove box! The front seats, as such, are comfortable not only due to the adequate overall support and cushioning, but also as a consequence of the delightful driving position attained through the height-adjustable seats, the height and length adjustments for the steering, and the vast glass area. Furthermore, the rear bench experience is enhanced by the ample knee and foot room, along with a favourable backrest angle.

Skoda Rapid TSI Second Row Seats

Moreover, there’s enough space to fit three average adults without a squeeze. Yet, thigh support and headroom could pose a problem for taller occupants. Where this Skoda scores is in the boot department. There’s room for all the practical shopping you can think of, trips to the airport, or even an overnighter. Adding to its set of repertoires is the low loading lip that doesn’t require one to lift their heavy baggage far off the ground, unlike SUVs.

Skoda Rapid TSI Bootspace

Performance

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The earlier 1.6-litre petrol/1.5-litre diesel has made way for the new 110bhp/175Nm 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol BS6 engine that’s fittingly mated to either a six-speed manual or an automatic gearbox. We’ve reviewed the manual version for this write-up. As you get going in the Rapid, you’re instantly recipient to the rev-happy persona of this mill. The rpm needle simply races briskly to the red line in what we term as an enjoyable and linear surge of power. Surprisingly, despite there being a steady thrum from this three-cylinder, we simply focussed on the stimulating power delivery.

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Since the turbo goes on boost at about 1,500rpm, keeping the revs above it portrays an acceleration that’s simply a revelation to experience behind the wheel. With the particularly strong mid-range along with the fact that it pulls cleanly to the 6,500rpm limit, overtaking and zipping past other vehicles is a child’s play. To put things in perspective, we strapped our VBox testing equipment and eventually learned that this Skoda Rapid reaches 100kmph slightly quicker than the all-new Honda City; which in itself is a big deal. 

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But, what if I told you that it is also 2.4 seconds faster in the 40-100kmph drivability test (in fourth gear)? Neat, Skoda! On the flip side, there’s some muted response from the engine until 1,400rpm since the turbo is off-boost. For you and me, this means that there will be some more-than-necessary downshifting in slow city driving conditions. Likewise, the overall gear shifting experience felt a tad rubbery. But, other than that, the short and stubby lever has accurately defined gates to go through, with the added benefit of a well-weighted clutch. 

Skoda Rapid TSI Gear Shifter/Gear Shifter Stalk

As regards the Rapid’s steering, since it’s perfectly weighted and fairly accurate, it provides the driver with immense assurance to keep the intended line while driving swiftly around corners. There’s very little roll too. Ride quality-wise, there’s some stiffness at lower speeds that’s felt, especially when trampling over the harsher irregularities of our roads. But, on the flip side, the Rapid feels supremely stable as it reaches highway speeds while lending a flat ride overall. Even braking is confidence-inspiring, more so under panic braking situations.

Skoda Rapid TSI Wheel

Conclusion

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It’s obvious that in the current state of affairs (read SUV demand), the Skoda Rapid in all of its road-hugging disposition has limited demand. But with the attractive starting price tag (manual at Rs 9.07-14.10 lakh OTR Mumbai), it will seem like value to those buying hatchbacks. So, I believe it needs to appeal to those buyers, to penetrate that mindset. The truth is, it doesn’t need to try hard. 

Sure, I get the fact that it isn’t overflowing with ultra-modern features, and the dated appearance is hard to mask. But having said that, the Skoda Rapid seduces those who love to drive, owing to the zippy engine that’s mated to some seriously stimulating dynamics. Not to forget that it’s reasonably spacious, comfortable, and practical too. Oops, now isn’t that what every car buyer wants?

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Rapid TSI FAQs

The on-road price of the Skoda Rapid TSI in Delhi starts at 8.64 Lakh for the petrol engine. Meanwhile, the top end model with the petrol engine (Rapid TSI Monte Carlo AT) is priced at 15.21 Lakh.

Skoda Rapid TSI Monte Carlo AT is the highest priced version and boast of the most number of features. The Skoda Rapid TSI Ambition AT is also loaded with all the required features. You can compare the feature list of Rapid TSI Monte Carlo AT and Rapid TSI Ambition AT to find out the best suited version for you.

The ARAI reported mileage of Skoda Rapid TSI is 16 - 19 kmpl.

For the petrol engine, the reported city mileage is 17 kmpl and highway mileage is 19 kmpl. (For Rider)

Skoda Rapid TSI comes with a 999 cc Petrol engine and the price starts at 8.64 Lakh in Delhi. Whereas Hyundai i20 comes with 998 to 1197 cc Petrol engine and starts a price tag of 7.77 Lakh in Delhi. You can compare Skoda Rapid TSI and Hyundai i20 and chose the right car for you.

Skoda Rapid TSI Colours

Brilliant Silver
Candy White
Carbon Steel
Flash Red
Lapiz Blue
Toffee Brown

Rapid TSI Specifications

Note: Specifications for Rapid TSI Ambition (Petrol) have been mentioned

Dimensions, Capacities & Details
Length (mm)
4413
Wheelbase (mm)
2552
Boot Space (L)
460
Width (mm)
1699
Turning Radius (m)
5.3
Fuel Capacity (L)
55
Height (mm)
1466
Ground Clearance (mm)
116
Colors
Brilliant Silver, Candy White, Carbon Steel, Flash Red, Lapiz Blue, Toffee Brown
Seating Capacity
5
Performance
Displacement (cc)
999
Peak Power
109 BHP
@5000 RPM
Peak Torque
175 NM
@1750 RPM
Key Features
Air Conditioner Air Conditioner
Climate control Climate control
Central locking Central locking
Power steering Power steering
Power windows Power windows
Electrically Adjustable Driver Seat Electrically Adjustable Driver Seat
Steering Mounted Controls Steering Mounted Controls
Steering Adjustment Steering Adjustment
Rear AC vent Rear AC vent
Remote Controlled Boot Remote Controlled Boot
Electrically Adjustable Mirrors Electrically Adjustable Mirrors

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