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.
What Are The Prices Of 2020 Skoda Rapid Turbo BS6?
The2020 Rapidturbo 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
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.
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
Dual Front Airbags
2-DIN Audio System
Front & Rear Bottle Holders
Front & Rear Power Windows
ABS w/ EBD
Remote Central Locking
USB, AUX & Bluetooth Connectivity
Electrically Adjustable ORVMs
Height-Adjustable Front & Rear Headrest
Body-coloured ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators
Tilt & Telescopic Steering
Rear Reading Lamps
15-inch Steel Wheels w/ Wheel Covers
Front Armrest w/ Storage
Tinted Windows & Windscreen
Rear Parking Sensors
Front Seat Back Pockets
Chrome Interior Door handles
Rear AC Vents
Front & Rear Power Socket
Body colour door handles
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
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
Electrically Foldable ORVMs
Leather-wrapped Steering, Gear Lever & Handbrake
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
15-inch Alloy Wheels
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
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
Rear Windscreen Curtain
R16 Glossy Black Alloy wheels
Glossy Black ORVMs
Tellur Grey Leather Upholstery
Black Waste Bin
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:
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
Anti-theft alarm with interior monitoring
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
Chrome moulding on the deck lid
Amberglow front footwell illumination
Chrome door handles
Body colour spoiler
Front lower bumper chrome garnish
Body side moulding chrome
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 outside mirrors
Steel scuff plates
Red stitching on the steering wheel and gear lever boot
Red stitching on seat covers
Piano black interior accents
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
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
Not a VFM upgrade, but worth considering stylish features
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.
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
110PS @ 5000-5250rpm
110PS @ 5000-5500rpm
119PS @ 6600rpm
107PS @ 6000rpm
145Nm @ 4600rpm
140Nm @ 4200rpm
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
Tyre Size (Base)
185 / 65 R15
175 / 65 R15
185 / 65 R15
185 / 60 R15
Tyre Size (Top)
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:
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.