Earlier this 12 months, once we drove the 2020 Skoda Rapid BS6 sedan, we informed you that the automobile supplied a terrific worth proposition. It got here with a small displacement, but highly effective 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine, supplied a number of first rate creature comforts, and it is proper now probably the most reasonably priced compact sedan within the market. However, again then, the one factor the BS6 Rapid was lacking was an automated transmission possibility. We had informed you that the corporate plans to launch one in September 2020, and Skoda did precisely that. Last month, Skoda launched the Rapid automated in India, and we not too long ago received an opportunity to check the automobile as properly.
What It Gets?
Now, when the VW Group introduced its engine and transmission line-up for the BS6 regime, the primary agenda of the corporate was to make its automobiles less expensive, and, on the identical time, preserve the enjoyable issue. The first step in that course of was to introduce a smaller displacement turbocharged engine, which is the brand new 1.0-litre TSI engine that additionally powers the Rapid handbook, together with Volkswagen’s Polo and Vento. The second a part of the plan was to introduce this new cost-effective torque converter automated unit, as a alternative for the much-loved, but costlier 7-speed DSG automated transmission.
How It Performs?
Now, we informed you this again then, and, we’re saying this once more, the brand new 1.0-litre engine is totally a hoot to drive. The motor is tuned to churn out the identical 108 bhp, round 5000 to 5500 rpm, whereas the height torque output stands at 175 Nm. Now the spec sheet says that the torque kicks in from 1750 rpm, going as much as 4000 rpm, nonetheless, like within the handbook model, right here too, the engine actually opens up solely across the 2,500-rpm mark. That’s when the turbo kicks in and from there on it really feel like a special beast altogether, attaining triple-digit speeds very quickly.
Being a three-pot motor, it does lack a little bit of refinement, however you get used to it very quickly, what continues to stay out like a sore thumb is the turbo lag at decrease revs, which makes driving the automobile in metropolis visitors a bit underwhelming. This was extra distinguished within the handbook model of the automobile, however now, with the addition of the brand new automated transmission, it has change into that a lot simpler to dwell with.
As for the brand new automated gearbox, the 6-speed unit is fast and responsive, and definitely enjoyable to drive. Yes, it isn’t as exact and fascinating because the older DSG unit, however for a torque converter, that is actually among the best ones I’ve skilled to this point. In truth, if you have not pushed the older Rapid, with the DSG unit, then you’re more likely to change into an instantaneous fan of the brand new transmission. There is a sport mode as properly and right here the shift turns into a bit extra aggressive, and the automobile too feels loads faster, however, on the identical time, you additionally really feel a few of the jerks contained in the cabin when the shifts occur, and it’s important to dwell with that. However, it isn’t a deal-breaker. In truth, for probably the most a part of it, I used to be driving the automobile solely within the sport mode. However, if you wish to make the drive a bit extra participating, you do get a handbook mode as properly, and you should use the Tiptronic perform to upshift or downshift. But you do not get paddle shifters, and that is an enormous miss in my books.
How It Handles?
The Skoda Rapid has at all times been a terrific dealing with automobile, and nothing has modified in that division. The suspension is about a bit on the stiffer aspect, so that you do really feel a few of the larger undulations on the street when diving in decrease speeds, however if you end up doing greater speeds, the automobile simply glides over them like no person’s enterprise. The steering wheel too has a pleasant heft to it and weighs up good when doing excessive velocity, imparting extra confidence within the driver, nonetheless, we want Skoda had supplied the flat-bottom steering wheel as customary, as a substitute of simply within the Onyx and Monte Carlo trims.
What It Looks Like?
On the outside entrance, the 2020 Rapid automated doesn’t get any new beauty updates. However, in comparison with the handbook model of the automobile we drove in June, which was the top-spec Monte Carlo trim, this one right here is the Style variant, which is barely completely different by way of styling. While many of the options are identical, there are few visible variations like – a chrome encompass for the black butterfly grille, and new 16-inch Clubber type wheels, as a substitute of Stratos dual-tone alloys. Also, as a substitute of the blacked-out roof and the rear spoiler, you get body-coloured remedy. The remainder of the characteristic just like the projector headlamps, with daytime operating lights, foglamps, and smoked taillamps stay unchanged. However, seeing a few of the rivals, Skoda ought to have at the very least gone with LED projectors.
What It Offers?
Similarly, the cabin too will get the identical design and options, nonetheless, in comparison with the all-black inside you noticed in our earlier overview, this Style variant will get dual-tone beige & black remedy. While the automobile misses out on the sporty, distinction crimson stitching, it nonetheless will get a pretend leather-wrapped multi-functional steering wheel and kit lever, together with premium beige upholstery, additionally wrapped in fake leather-based. Rest of the options stay unchanged, together with the 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, which is a tablet-style android-based unit providing smartphone connectivity, navigation, video playback and a bunch of different apps together with Google Play Store and Maps.
However, just like the handbook model, this too misses out of some fundamental options like an engine start-stop button or dashboard-mounted charger. Oh, and should you keep in mind the USB and AUX-IN ports are nonetheless inconveniently positioned contained in the glovebox. There are foldable centre armrests for each entrance and rear passengers for extra consolation, whereas security options embody – ABS, digital stability management, hill maintain help, rear parking digital camera with sensors, cruise management and rain-sensing wipers. Compared to the Monte Carlo trim, this Style trim will get two extra aspect airbags as properly.
Should You Buy It?
With costs beginning at ₹ 9.49 lakh, going as much as ₹ 13.29 lakh, the Skoda Rapid continues to be probably the most reasonably priced automated compact sedan within the market. In truth, subsequent to the Toyota Yaris, it presents the best variety of automated variants on this class, ranging from the Rider Plus trim and above. While it’d fall brief by way of a few of the trendy creature comforts that fashions just like the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna presents, the Rapid makes up for that with its sturdy construct, having fun with driving manners, and with a really participating automated transmission.
The Vento presents these too, nonetheless, it solely will get the automated possibility within the top-end variants, and the entry-level Rapid automated is ₹ 2.61 lakh cheaper. So, if you would like a premium sedan with all the newest bells and whistles or perhaps a diesel possibility for that matter, then the Rapid isn’t the automobile for you. However, in case you are on the lookout for a succesful automated petrol sedan with first rate options and don’t thoughts cranking the important thing to begin your automobile as a substitute of pushing a button, then the Skoda Rapid, remains to be a worthy possibility.