2016 Skoda Rapid is the entry-level car of the Skoda brand in India. The Czech car maker had given an update to the Rapid in 2014, by the way of an diesel automatic. The auto transmission was a DSG unit, identical to the one on the VW Vento. Skoda even launched the Rapid with a Black Edition later. Read our detailed review of the 2016 Skoda Rapid review.

2016 Skoda Rapid Design

Skoda Rapid 2014 DSG 19

The Skoda Rapid Black Edition looks exactly the same as the old car. The only difference is that the headlamps are blacked and also the alloy wheels are now black colored ones. The Rapid now gets projector lamps as well. This gives it a very sporty look. The Skoda Rapid is now aimed at the younger buyer. The front portion as well as the rear end remain the same and there is no change on either sides.

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Skoda Rapid 2016 Interior

Skoda Rapid 2014 DSG

On the inside the Rapid gets fabric seats. The Dashboard is the same which looks dated. There haven’t been any  changes to the interiors, which is not a very pleasant thing. It does not get a touchscreen either, which is available on most cars in its segment. The Rapid Black Edition has cruise control too. It is a spacious car and has very good leg room, even at the rear. The seats are high and have good padding and support. Getting in and out of the car is very convenient. Like in all Skodas the trunk space is phenomenal with one drawback being that the boot can’t be opened from the outside unless the user does so with the key. The boot can be opened by a one touch button from the inside, but hitting the unlock button for the doors does not unlock the trunk. The spare wheel is not a full size one and gets a narrower tyre.

 

Skoda Rapid 2014 DSG 4

Skoda Rapid 2016 Engines

A major change however,  is the addition of the seven-speed automatic DSG transmission. This is the same one found on the Octavia and also the VW Vento. The Rapid is powered by a 103bhp four cylinder diesel unit and mated to the new DSG transmission. The Rapid Black Edition is a pleasure to drive car with the DSG transmission.  No more shuffling through gears or having to press the heavy clutch, which is painful in city driving. Just shift the transmission to the “D” position and let the car do all the work. The shifts are seamless and there is not too much turbo-lag. The Rapid Black Edition is easy to drive and is comfortable too. Power wise the Skoda responds well to changes in the throttle position as well as deciding which gear to be in. One aspect that should be highlighted is that the seven-speed dual clutch DSG transmission provides a better fuel efficiency than then manual car. At 22.1km/l the Rapid Black Edition is extremely fuel efficient, all because of two extra cogs in the gears.

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2016 Skoda Rapid Mileage

Skoda Rapid Facelift Mileage

EngineMileage
1.6 Petrol12 km/l
1.6 Petrol Auto11 km/l
1.5 Diesel17 km/l (Expected)
1.5 Diesel Auto18 km/l (Expected)

2016 Skoda Rapid Price

Skoda Rapid 2016 Petrol Price

Petrol VariantPrice (on-road, Delhi)
ActiveINR 8.73 lakhs
AmbitionINR 9.96 lakhs
Style PlusINR 10.7 lakhs
Style Plus Black packageINR 10.84 lakhs
Style ATINR 11.48 lakhs
Style Plus Black package ATINR 11.62 lakhs

 

Skoda Rapid 2016 Diesel Price

Diesel VariantPrice (on-road, Delhi)
ActiveINR 9.9 lakhs
AmbitionINR 11.13 lakhs
Style PlusINR 11.86 lakhs
Style Plus Black packageINR 12.01 lakhs
Ambition ATINR 12.51 lakhs
Style Plus ATINR 13.26 lakhs
Style Plus Black package ATINR 13.4 lakhs

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To buy or not to?

When it comes to practicality, the Skoda Rapid Black Edition is a great car for this segment. Priced Rs.2 lakhs less than the Hyundai Verna it is a cheaper bet, but it doesn’t have as many features as the Korean car does. In a time where a customer buys a car for the satisfaction of driving the Skoda Rapid Black Edition is a definite recommendation from our side. There is enough power on tap. The space is great. With the rear A/C vent the comfort is wonderful and with a great fuel efficiency and automatic transmission the package seems unbeatable. The only place where this buy might bite you in the backside is on the service.

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