Nissan has hit the jackpot with its Magnite in the compact-SUV segment. The car has constantly been bringing sales for the brand which not so long ago was struggling to survive in the cut-throat Indian car market. The car undercuts every major competition in the segment with its competitive pricing. Moreover, the features that it offers have played an important role in this product’s success. This compact SUV, apart from other SUVs, also takes competition from a product like the Skoda Rapid that falls in its price bracket. In today’s article on Nissan Magnite vs Skoda Rapid, we will compare both the products and discuss whether you should spend less for an SUV. Let’s go.

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The Nissan Magnite measures around 3994mm, 1758mm and 1572mm in terms of length, width and height respectively. This SUV has a wheelbase of 2500mm and a ground clearance of 205mm. Moreover, it offers a 336-litre boot storage capacity. The Skoda Rapid is 4413mm long, 1699mm wide and 1466mm in height. It has a wheelbase of 2552mm and a ground clearance of 170mm. This one offers a 460-litre boot space. Looking at the dimensions, it becomes clear that the Rapid will offer slightly better legroom when compared to the Nissan Magnite. On the other hand, the Magnite will offer better headroom.


Nissan Magnite vs Skoda Rapid

The Nissan Magnite offers 1.0-litre naturally-aspirated petrol and 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engines. The 1.0-litre naturally-aspirated engine is capable of producing 71bhp and 92Nm of torque and comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The turbo-petrol engine comes mated with a five-speed manual and a CVT gearbox. This unit produces 99bhp and 152Nm of torque. The Magnite comes with 16-inch wheels.

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Coming to the Rapid, it offers a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 109bhp and 175Nm. This unit comes mated to a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic gearboxes. Rapid comes with either 15-inch or 16-inch wheels, depending on the variant.


Nissan Magnite vs Skoda Rapid

The Nissan Magnite offers features like dual airbags, Traction Control System (TCS), ABS with EBD, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), a 360-degree camera, keyless start button, wireless connectivity for Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, a fully digital instrument cluster and connected car tech, among others.

Talking about Rapid’s package, it includes dual airbags, ABS with EBD, electrically-adjustable anti-glare mirrors, reverse camera, steering-adjustment for reach and rake, rear armrest, automatic headlamps and connectivity features like Android Auto & Apple CarPlay (wired), among others. 

Nissan Magnite vs Skoda Rapid pricing 

The Magnite starts from Rs 6.65 lakh for its base trim, XE and goes up to Rs 11.63 lakh for the XV Premium Turbo CVT Dual Tone variant. On the other hand, the Skoda Rapid starts from Rs 9.07 lakh for the Rider variant and hikes up to Rs 15.61 lakh for the Monte Carlo AT variant.

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Should you spend less for an SUV?

The Skoda Rapid indeed offers a slightly more powerful engine than the Magnite. Being a sedan with a spacious and comfortable cabin, it makes the car more passenger-oriented. So if you want to be at the rear seat, the Rapid steals the limelight. It also offers a bigger boot when compared to the Magnite. Moreover, being a car from Skoda, the Rapid enjoys superior German-build quality and reliability.

With that being said, the Nissan Magnite is not far behind when it comes to performance. Moreover, this compact SUV comes loaded with way more features when compared to the Skoda Rapid. Also, you get better ground clearance which will allow you to easily tread over bad patches but the ride is not great over them. The Magnite even offers a tall seating position, giving you a bit better sense of the road and the surroundings. So, the answer to the question turns out to be a DEFINITE YES. You can easily save a considerable amount of money and that too without compromising on much.

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