Skoda has started the bookings for the Skoda Rapid AT for a refundable amount of ₹25,000. However, the company is planning to start the deliveries of the Skoda Rapid AT from 18 September onwards. Customers can place the bookings of Skoda Rapid AT on Skoda’s official website or by visiting the nearest dealership.
Skoda has stated that it is all set to replace the older 7-speed DSG by a 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. Meanwhile, Skoda is offering a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI petrol engine which produces a maximum 110PS of power. However, it offers a peak torque of 175Nm and thus the top speed is almost near 200 kmph. According to Skoda, the automatic variant of Skoda Rapid will return a mileage of 16.24 kmpl. The mileage, when compared to the 1.6-litre MPI engine, is now better by 9 percent.
The 2020 Skoda Rapid comes with the Skoda quartz cut projector headlamps. Meanwhile, the top variant ‘Monte Carlo’ offers the all-black front grille with gloss black OVRMs. Apart from this, the subtle spoiler is also finished in black along with the dual-tone alloy wheels. The interior of the Monte Carlo variant also offers new black leather upholstery, flat-bottom steering, an 8-inch infotainment system with amazing touch response and the Monte Carlo badging on the B-Pillar.
The safety features on offer are the dual airbags, rear defogger, remote control locking, and height-adjustable seatbelts.
Skoda Rapid rivals the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento, Hyundai Verna and Honda City. However, when it comes to pricing the Skoda Rapid is more convenient. But the features on the Skoda Rapid now feels outdated. Meanwhile, the infotainment system also does not offers Android Auto and Apple Carplay which makes it less reliable.