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    Which Variant Of 2020 Skoda Rapid Turbo BS6 Is The Most Value For Money?

    by Jagdev Kalsi on Saturday, Jun 06 2020

    Read on to find out which variant of the Rapid Turbo is the most value for money. Here we compare the prices of the Rapid Turbo’s variants and the features to tell you which variant is the most Value For Money (VFM). Then we’ll compare the engine specs, dimensions and fuel efficiency of the 2020 Skoda Rapid Turbo with its competitors and other compact sedans.

     

    Skoda Rapid 2020 Most Value for money variant

    What Are The Prices Of 2020 Skoda Rapid Turbo BS6?

    The 2020 Rapid turbo costs between Rs. 7.49 and Rs. 11.79 lakh (ex-showroom). The base variant is very aggressively priced, which makes it the most affordable compact sedan. There is only one engine and transmission combo option - 1.0-litre turbo petrol with a 6-speed manual.

    SKODA RAPID | PETROL-MANUAL

    EX-SHOWROOM INDIA  | JUN 2020

    Rider

    Ambition

    Onyx

    Style

    Monte Carlo

    Rs. 7,49,000

    Rs. 9,99,000

    Rs. 10,19,000

    Rs. 11,49,000

    Rs. 11,79,000

     

    Is The Rider Variant Of 2020 Skoda Rapid Turbo Worth Buying?

    The Rider variant is the most affordable one not just for the Rapid 2020 but the most affordable among all compact sedans. It costs just Rs. 7.49 lakh (ex-showroom) and still gets sufficient kit to not feel like completely stripped.

    The notable features of the Rider variant are:

    • Mandatory safety kit (2 airbags, ABS, parking sensors)
    • Remote central locking
    • Rear defogger
    • Front and rear armrests
    • Music system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth
    • Automatic AC with rear AC vents
    • Tilt and telescopic steering
    • Electrically adjustable outside mirrors
    • All power windows
    • Front and rear bottle holders
    • Body-coloured bumpers, door handles and outside mirrors
    • 15-inch steel wheels

    Also Read - Skoda Rapid 2020 vs Toyota Yaris - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    Its base variant gets all the must-have features except electrically-foldable outside mirrors and driver seat height adjustment, which you may miss in a sedan of this class. But it comes at such a good price that the value quotient is difficult to ignore. This is an amazing value for money and we recommend it for budget buyers.

    SKODA RAPID | RIDER FEATURES

    Rs. 7,49,000 | EX-SHOWROOM | JUN. 2020

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Dual Front Airbags

    2-DIN Audio System

    Front & Rear Bottle Holders

    Front & Rear Power Windows

    Body-colour Bumpers

    ABS w/ EBD

    4 Speakers

    Auto AC

    Dead Pedal

    Boot Lamp

    Remote Central Locking

    USB, AUX & Bluetooth Connectivity

    Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

    Height-Adjustable Front & Rear Headrest

    Body-coloured ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators

    Seatbelt Reminder

    Tilt & Telescopic Steering

    Rear Reading Lamps

    15-inch Steel Wheels w/ Wheel Covers

    High-Speed Alert

    Front Armrest w/ Storage 

    Tinted Windows & Windscreen

    Dual-tone Interiors

    Rear Parking Sensors

    Rear Armrest

    Front Seat Back Pockets

    Chrome Interior Door handles

    Day/Night IRVM

    Rear AC Vents

    Front & Rear Power Socket 

    Body colour  door handles

    Rear Defogger

     -

    Passenger Vanity Mirror

     

     

    Is The Ambition Variant Of 2020 Skoda Rapid Turbo Worth Buying?

    The Ambition variant of the Rapid turbo is Rs. 2.5 lakh more expensive than the Rider variant and costs Rs. 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom). For the incremental price increase of Rs. 2.5 lakh, the Ambition variant gets the following notable features:

    • Electrically adjustable outside mirrors
    • 6.5-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Carplay
    • Projector headlamps
    • Steering mounted controls
    • 15-inch alloy wheels
    • Front and rear fog lamps
    • Height adjustable driver seat
    • MID
    • Remote open/close of power windows
    • LED DRLs

    Also Read - Skoda Rapid 2020 Turbo Petrol vs Honda City 1.5 Petrol - Price, Specs, Features

    You may still miss a parking camera, but you can get that as an aftermarket accessory. Considering the superb pricing of the Rider variant, it’s difficult to justify spending Rs. 2.5 lakh for these features. So, even if you can buy this variant, if you want better value, then consider getting the Rider variant. The Ambition variant is not recommended.

    SKODA RAPID AMBITION | FEATURES OVER RIDER VARIANT

    Rs. 9,99,000 | EX-SHOWROOM | JUN 2020

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Anti-theft Alarm

    6.5-inch Touchscreen

    Electrically Foldable ORVMs

    Leather-wrapped Steering, Gear Lever & Handbrake

    Projector Headlamps

    Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

    Remote Opening & Closing of Windows 

    Chrome around front grille & Headlights

    Front & Rear Fog Lamps

    Steering Mounted Controls

    Height-adjustable Driver Seat

    Chrome Inserts in Cabin

     -

    Anti Pinch Power Windows

    Window Chrome Garnish

     -

    Multi-Function Display

    15-inch Alloy Wheels

    Glovebox Illumination

    LED DRLs

     

    Is The Onyx Variant Of 2020 Skoda Rapid Turbo Worth Buying?

    The Onyx variant costs Rs. 10.19 lakh, which is Rs. 20,000 more than the Ambition variant. This variant mostly adds cosmetic features like:

    • 16-inch black alloy wheels
    • Flat bottom steering wheel
    • Leather seat covers
    • Black outside mirrors
    • Black interiors

    The rear windscreen curtain is the only functional feature of the Onyx variant, which is exclusive to this variant only. It’s not available even in higher variants. For the price you pay over the Ambition variant, these features are worth. But Onyx’ incremental cost over the Rider variant is not justified. From a value-for-money perspective, we do not recommend this variant.

    SKODA RAPID ONYX | FEATURES OVER AMBITION VARIANT

    Rs. 10,19,000 | EX-SHOWROOM | JUN 2020

    Functional

    Style

    Rear Windscreen Curtain

    R16 Glossy Black Alloy wheels 

    Glossy Black ORVMs

    Tellur Grey Leather Upholstery 

    Black Waste Bin

    Flat-bottom Steering

    Black Side Molding

    Tellur Grey Interior 

     -

    Black Trunk Insert

    Piano-black Insert on Gear Console

     

    Is The Style Variant Of 2020 Skoda Rapid Turbo Worth Buying?

    The Style variant of the Rapid costs Rs. 11.49 lakh, which is Rs. 1.5 lakh more than Ambition. Additional features of the Style variant over the Ambition variant are:

    • Cruise control
    • Automatic wipers
    • 8-inch touchscreen
    • Rearview camera
    • Automatic headlights
    • Auto-dimming inside mirror
    • 16-inch alloy wheels
    • Green tinted side windows
    • 2 Front thorax airbags
    • Cooled glove box
    • Spoiler

    Also Read - Skoda Rapid 2020 Petrol vs Volkswagen Vento Petrol - Price, Specs, Features

    The Rider variant is so aggressively priced that it’s really difficult for other variants to justify the incremental cost for the additional features. In that sense, the Style variant is no different. But the Style variant doesn’t even justify the Rs. 1.5 lakh cost over the Ambition variant. The Style variant is not recommended.

    SKODA RAPID STYLE | FEATURES OVER AMBITION VARIANT

    Rs. 11,49,000 | EX-SHOWROOM | JUN 2020

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Anti-theft alarm with interior monitoring

    8-inch touchscreen

    Cruise control

    Leatherette door armrest

    FR & RR side dark green glasses with infrared cut

    Android Auto & Apple CarPlay

    Rain Sensing Wipers

    Leatherette seat upholstery

    Rearview camera - with display in touchscreen

     -

    Cooled glove box compartment

    16-inch Alloy wheels

    Front side airbags

     -

    Automatic headlight 

    Chrome moulding on the deck lid

    Auto-dimming IRVM

     -

    Amberglow front footwell illumination

    Chrome door handles 

     -

    Body colour spoiler 

     -

    Front lower bumper chrome garnish

     -  -  -

    Body side moulding chrome

     -

    Rear diffuser

     

    Is The Monte Carlo Variant Of 2020 Skoda Rapid Turbo Worth Buying?

    Just like the Onyx variant is a style upgrade over Ambition, similarly, the Monte Carlo is a style upgrade over the Style variant. Monte Carlo variant costs Rs. 11.79 lakh, which is Rs. 30,000 more than the Style variant. It gets:

    • 16-inch dual-tone alloy wheels
    • Black grille
    • Black roof
    • Black outside mirrors
    • Steel scuff plates
    • Black spoiler
    • Red stitching on the steering wheel and gear lever boot
    • Red stitching on seat covers
    • Piano black interior accents
    • Black interiors

    The incremental cost over the Style variant is justified with these features.

    SKODA RAPID MONTE CARLO | FEATURES OVER STYLE VARIANT

    Rs. 11,79,000 | EX-SHOWROOM | JUN 2020

    Style

    R16 Dual Tone Alloy wheels

    MONTE CARLO badge on B-pillar 

    MONTE CARLO interiors with red stitching design highlights on steering wheel and gear knob

    Stainless steel scuff plates with MONTE CARLO inscription

    Black painted roof and Glossy Black ORVMs

    Black tailgate spoiler

    Piano Black interior decor on AC vents and trim centre

    MONTE CARLO design leatherette seat covers

    SuperSport flat-bottom steering wheel

    Black front radiator grille

     

    Which Variant Of The 2020 Skoda Rapid Turbo Is The Best Value For Money?

    The Rapid turbo’s Rider variant aggressive pricing is making all variants appear overpriced. The base variant is also fairly well equipped with all must-have features. So, it’s worth considering even if you were not previously considering a bigger sedan. The Rider variant is easily our top pick. But, if you want some feel-good features as well, then you should go with the Onyx variant. It’s based on the Ambition trim and it has enough style elements as well to stand out on the road. It covers the functional side with all the features of the Ambition variant and adds some unique style elements as well. Not only that. It’s also the only variant that gets a rear windshield curtain and blue colour option. After the Rider variant, the Onyx is the second top-recommended variant in the 2020 Rapid lineup.

    SKODA RAPID | VARIANT-WISE RECOMMENDATION

    EX-SHOWROOM

    Variant

    Price

    Recommendation

    VFM Rank

    Rider

    Rs. 7,49,000

    Top recommended

    Rank 1

    Ambition

    Rs. 9,99,000

    Expensive upgrade

    Rank 5

    Onyx

    Rs. 10,19,000

    Not a VFM upgrade, but worth considering stylish features

    Rank 2

    Style

    Rs. 11,49,000

    Expensive upgrade

    Rank 4

    Monte Carlo

    Rs. 11,79,000

    Expensive upgrade

    Rank 3

     

    What Are The Engine Specifications Of The 2020 Skoda Rapid Turbo BS6?

    The Skoda Rapid’s new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine makes 110PS of power at 5000rpm and 175Nm of torque between 1750 and 4000rpm. It’s a 3-cylinder engine so refinement may not be as good as a 4-cylinder. But, it’s a turbocharged engine, so the torque comes early at 1750rpm and stays there till 4000rpm. Only the Hyundai Verna’s 1.0-litre turbo engine has a wider torque band than this by 250rpm.

    Its power output is better than the Ciaz and Yaris but less than Verna, City’s. Rapid’s torque output is the best in class narrowly beating Verna’s 172Nm torque. This same engine is available in the Vento as well.

    Also Read - Skoda Rapid 2020 vs Hyundai Verna 1.5L Petrol - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    There’s only one transmission option - a 6-speed manual but a 6-speed torque converter automatic could come later. Except the City and the Ciaz, all other petrol compact sedans offer at least a 6-speed manual transmission. The Verna turbo is an exception to this rule as it’s only available with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.

    The Rapid’s fuel efficiency of almost 19kmpl is second only to the Ciaz.

    SKODA RAPID VS COMPETITION

    PETROL ENGINE SPECS

     

    Skoda

    Rapid

    Volkswagen 

    Vento

    Maruti

    Ciaz

    Honda 

    City

    Hyundai 

    Verna

    Toyota

    Yaris

    Displacement

    1.0-litre

    1.0-litre

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre

    1.0-litre

    1.5-litre

    Cylinder

    3

    3

    4

    4

    4

    3

    4

    Maximum Power

    110PS @ 5000-5250rpm

    110PS @ 5000-5500rpm

    105PS@

    6000rpm

    119PS @ 6600rpm

    115PS@

    6300rpm

    120PS@

    6000rpm

    107PS @ 6000rpm

    Peak Torque

    175Nm@ 1750-4000rpm

    175Nm@ 1750-4000rpm

    138Nm@ 4400rpm

    145Nm @ 4600rpm

    144Nm@

    4500rpm

    172Nm@

    1500-4000rpm

    140Nm @ 4200rpm

    Manual 

    Transmission

    6-Speed

    6-Speed

    5-Speed

    5-Speed

    6-Speed

    -

    6-Speed

    Manual

    Claimed FE

    18.97 kmpl

    17.69 kmpl

    20.65 kmpl

    17.4 kmpl

    -

    -

    17.10 kmpl

    Automatic 

    Transmission

    -

    -

    4-speed TC

    CVT

    CVT

    7-speed DCT

    CVT

    Automatic

    Claimed FE

    -

    -

    20.04 kmpl

    18.0 kmpl

    -

    -

    17.80 kmpl

     

    What Are The Dimensions Of The 2020 Skoda Rapid Turbo BS6?

    The Rapid is closer to the bottom in terms of dimensions. It’s longer than the Vento but shorter than the Ciaz, City Verna and slightly shorter than the Yaris. It’s wider than only the City by 4mm and it has the lowest roofline. Its boot space is the smallest in its class at 460 litres but it has the biggest fuel tank at 55 litres.

    Among the compact sedans with a manual transmission, only the Ciaz and Rapid’s cousin, Vento, match its top variant’s wheel and tyre size. Its top trim gets 195/55 R16 tyres.

    SKODA RAPID VS COMPETITION

    DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    Skoda

    Rapid

    Volkswagen 

    Vento

    Maruti 

    Ciaz

    Honda 

    City

    Hyundai

    Verna

    Toyota

    Yaris

    Length

    4413 mm

    4390 mm

    4490mm

    4440 mm

    4440mm

    4425 mm

    Width

    1699 mm

    1699 mm

    1730mm

    1695 mm

    1729mm

    1730 mm

    Height

    1466 mm

    1467 mm

    1485mm

    1495 mm

    1475mm

    1495 mm

    Wheelbase

    2552 mm

    2553 mm

    2650mm

    2600 mm

    2600mm

    2550 mm

    Boot Space

    460-lt

    494-lt

    510-lt

    510-lt

    465-lt

    476-lt

    Ground Clearance

    168 mm

    163 mm

    170 mm

    165 mm

    165 mm

    175 mm

    Fuel Tank

    55-lt

    55-lt

    43-lt

    40-lt

    45-lt

    42-lt

    Tyre Size (Base)

    185/60 R15

    185/60 R15

    185 / 65 R15 

    175 / 65 R15

    185 / 65 R15

    185 / 60 R15

    Tyre Size (Top)

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    195 / 55 R16

    185 / 55 R16

    185 / 65 R15

    185 / 65 R15

     

    What Are The Colour Options Of 2020 Skoda Rapid Turbo BS6?

    The new Rapid is available in 6 colours:

    • Silver
    • White
    • Grey
    • Brown
    • Red (Monte Carlo exclusive colour)
    • Blue (Onyx exclusive colour)

    Monte Carlo is available only in Red and White colors with black interiors. Onyx is available only in Blue and White colours with black interiors. Other variants get beige interiors. Red and Blue colour options aren’t available with Style, Rider and Ambition variants.

    Also Read - 2020 Skoda Rapid 1.0L Petrol vs Maruti Ciaz 1.5L Petrol - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Jagdev heads content for V3Cars. Apart from driving cars, he likes to keep an eye on the industry trends. He thinks he knows why Maruti Suzuki sells the most number of cars in India.

     

    Twitter handle : @jagdevkalsi

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