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    2021 Skoda Rapid Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

    by Lakshya Khanna on Thursday, Jun 03 2021

    V3Cars reviews all the variants of the 2021 Skoda Rapid to give you a better idea about which variant offers the best value for money. The Rapid gets powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine that gets paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission.

     

    2021 Skoda Rapid

    What Are The Prices of 2021 Skoda Rapid? 

    The Rapid is now available in 6 variants, and its base variant is priced at Rs 7.79 lakh. Except for the base Rider variant, the rest of the variants are all available with an automatic transmission option. The top two variants’ automatic transmission versions are Rs 1.30 lakh costlier than their manual counterparts, while the rest of the variants’ manual and automatic price difference is of Rs 1.50 lakh. 

    You can take a look at the pricing details of the 2021 Skoda Rapid in the following table:

    SKODA RAPID | PRICES

    EX-SHOWROOM, DELHI

    Variant

    Manual

    Difference

    Automatic

    Rider

    Rs 7,79,000

    --

    --

    Rider Plus

    Rs 8,19,000

    Rs 1,50,000

    Rs 9,69,000

    Ambition

    Rs 9,99,000

    Rs 1,50,000

    Rs 11,49,000

    Onyx

    Rs 10,19,000

    Rs 1,50,000

    Rs 11,69,000

    Style

    Rs 11,69,000

    Rs 1,30,000

    Rs 12,99,000

    Monte Carlo

    Rs 11,99,000

    Rs 1,30,000

    Rs 13,29,000


    What Are The Engine Specifications of 2021 Skoda Rapid? 

    The Skoda Rapid comes packed with a 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that can produce 110PS of maximum power and 175Nm of peak torque. This same engine also does the duty under the Volkswagen Vento’s hood, and in this segment, only these two cars come equipped with turbo-petrol engine along with manual transmission.

    As a result, the Rapid’s peak torque and torque:weight ratios are better than its rivals. It comes with a 6-speed manual and a 6-speed torque converter type automatic transmission option. The Rapid manual variants’ offer claimed fuel efficiency that’s better than all its rivals, except for the Maruti Ciaz

    The following table offers a look at the engine specification details of the 2021 Skoda Rapid and comparison with its rivals:

    RAPID vs COMPETITION

    PETROL ENGINE SPECS

     

    Rapid

    Verna

    City (New)

    City (Old)

    Ciaz

    Vento

    Yaris

    Displacement

    1.0-litre, Turbo

    1.5-litre

    1.0-litre, Turbo

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre

    1.5-litre, Mild Hybrid

    1.0-litre, Turbo

    1.5-litre

    Cylinder

    3

    4

    3

    4

    4

    4

    3

    4

    Maximum Power

    110PS @ 5000rpm

    115PS@

    6300rpm

    120PS@

    6000rpm

    121PS @ 6600rpm

    119PS @ 6600rpm

    105PS@

    6000rpm

    110PS @ 5000rpm

    107PS @ 6000rpm

    Power:Weight

    96.66PS/t

    99.91PS/t

    100.42PS/t

    104.94PS/t

    109.07PS/t

    99.06PS/t

    96.66PS/t

    95.96PS/t

    Peak Torque

    175Nm@ 1750-4000rpm

    144Nm@

    4500rpm

    172Nm@

    1500-4000rpm

    145Nm @ 4300rpm

    145Nm @ 4600rpm

    138Nm@ 4400rpm

    175Nm@ 1750-4000rpm

    140Nm @ 4200rpm

    Torque:Weight

    153.78Nm/t

    125.11Nm/t

    143.93Nm/t

    125.76Nm/t

    132.91Nm/t

    130.19Nm/t

    153.78Nm/t

    125.56Nm/t

    Manual 

    Transmission

    6-Speed

    6-Speed

    --

    6-Speed

    5-Speed

    5-Speed

    6-Speed

    6-Speed

    Manual

    Claimed FE

    18.97 kmpl

    17.4kmpl

    --

    17.8 kmpl

    17.4 kmpl

    20.65 kmpl

    17.69 kmpl

    17.10 kmpl

    Automatic 

    Transmission

    6TC

    CVT

    7DCT

    CVT

    CVT

    4TC

    6TC

    CVT

    Automatic

    Claimed FE

    16.24kmpl

    18.45kmpl

    19.2kmpl

    18.4kmpl

    18kmpl

    20.04kmpl

    NA

    17.80kmpl


    What Are The Dimensions of 2021 Skoda Rapid?

    The Rapid is a C-segment sedan, and its length is over 4m. Among all the C-segment sedans, the new Honda City is the longest as well as the widest. The Toyota Yaris is the tallest of the lot in this segment, but all the other sedans have comparable height. The Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has the longest wheelbase in this segment. The Rapid comes with 15-inch and 16-inch wheels options like the rest of the cars in this segment.

    You can check the dimension details of the 2021 Skoda Rapid and comparison with its rivals in the table below:

    RAPID vs COMPETITION

    DIMENSION COMPARISON

     

    Rapid

    City (New)

    City (Old)

    Ciaz

    Verna

    Vento

    Yaris

    Length

    4413mm

    4549mm

    4440mm

    4490mm

    4440mm

    4390mm

    4425mm

    Width

    1699mm

    1748mm

    1695mm

    1730mm

    1729mm

    1699mm

    1730mm

    Height

    1466mm

    1489mm

    1495mm

    1485mm

    1475mm

    1467mm

    1495mm

    Wheelbase

    2552mm

    2600mm

    2600mm

    2650mm

    2600mm

    2553mm

    2550mm

    Boot Space

    460-lt

    506-lt

    510-lt

    510-lt

    465-lt

    494-lt

    476-lt

    Ground Clearance

    168mm

    165mm*

    165mm

    170mm

    165mm

    163mm

    175mm

    Fuel Tank

    55-lt

    40-lt

    40-lt

    43-lt

    45-lt

    55-lt

    42-lt

    Tyre Size (Base)

    185/60 R15

    185/60 R15

    175/65 R15

    185/65 R15 

    185 / 65 R15

    175/70 R14

    185/60 R15

    Tyre Size (Top)

    195/55 R16

    185/55 R16

    185/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    195/55 R16

    185/65 R15

    *unofficial

    What Are The Features of 2021 Skoda Rapid Rider Variant?

    The Rapid Rider base variant is priced at Rs 7.79 lakh and comes equipped only with manual transmission. Apart from basic safety features, this variant also offers features like day/night IRVM and rear defogger.

    Also Read - 2020 Skoda Rapid vs Honda WR-V - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    The Rider variant offers a basic 4-speaker audio system, and as far as functional features are concerned, its key features include -- front & rear armrest, tilt & telescopic steering wheel, auto AC w/ rear AC vents, electrically adjustable ORVMs and adjustable rear headrests. 

    The Rider variant comes with body-coloured bumpers, door handles and ORVMs and 15-inch wheels with full wheel covers.

    The following table lists all the features that the 2021 Skoda Rapid Rider variant offers:

    RAPID RIDER | FEATURES

    Safety & Entertainment

    Functional

    Style

    Std. Safety Features

    Front & Rear Armrest 

    Front & Rear Power Windows

    Body-coloured Bumpers & Door Handles

    Remote Central Locking

    Tilt & Telescopic Steering

    Adjustable Rear Headrests

    Chrome Interior Door handles

    Day/Night IRVM

    Auto AC w/ Rear AC Vents

    Dead Pedal

    R15 Steel Wheels w/ Wheel Covers

    Rear Defogger

    Electrically Adjustable ORVMs

    Rear Cabin Lamps

    Scuff Plates

    2-DIN Audio System

    Boot Lamp

    Tinted Windows

    Body-coloured ORVMs w/ Turn Indicators

    4 Speakers

    Passenger Vanity Mirror

    Front Seat Back Pockets

    Fabric Upholstery

    USB, AUX & Bluetooth Connectivity

     

    Front & Rear Power Outlet 

     
       

    Front & Rear Door Pockets

     


    The Rapid’s base variant covers almost all must-have features, except for features like steering-mounted controls, height-adjustable driver seat and rear parking camera. Whether you should settle for the base variant, or go for the next variant, we’ll discuss it after looking into the details of the latter. 

    What Are The Features of 2021 Skoda Rapid Rider Plus Variant? 

    The Rapid Rider Plus variant is Rs 40,000 costlier than the Rider variant. An automatic transmission option is available from this variant onwards. This variant with automatic transmission is Rs 1.5 lakh costlier than its manual counterpart. 

    Also Read - 2020 Kia Seltos vs Skoda Rapid - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    With the automatic transmission, the Rider variant offers some additional safety features such as ESC and hill start assist. For these additional safety features and the automatic transmission, paying an extra premium of Rs 1.5 lakh is on the higher side.

    SKODA RAPID | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    Rider

    DIFFERENCE

    Rider Plus

    Manual

    Rs 7,79,000

    Rs 40,000

    Rs 8,19,000

    DIFFERENCE

    --

    --

    Rs 1,50,000

    Automatic

    --

    --

    Rs 9,69,000


    The Rider Plus variant adds-in only a couple of features like 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system along with chrome garnish around the windows. 

    The following table lists all the additional features of the 2021 Skoda Rapid Rider Plus variant:

    RAPID RIDER PLUS | FEATURES OVER RIDER

    Safety

    Entertainment

    Style

    Electronic Stability Control (AT)

    6.5-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System

    Window Chrome Garnish

    Hill Start Assist (AT)

    Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

     


    Rather than spending Rs 40,000 for the above mentioned features of the Rider Plus variant, it is better to settle for the Rider variant and retrofit a touchscreen infotainment system. 

    If you wish to go for a basic automatic transmission variant of the Rapid, then you can consider the Rider Plus. 

    What Are The Features of 2021 Skoda Ambition Variant?

    The Ambition variant is Rs 1.80 lakh more expensive than the Rapid Rider Plus. 

    SKODA RAPID | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    Rider Plus

    DIFFERENCE

    Ambition

    Manual

    Rs 8,19,000

    Rs 1,80,000

    Rs 9,99,000

    DIFFERENCE

    Rs 1,50,000

    --

    Rs 1,50,000

    Automatic

    Rs 9,69,000

    Rs 1,80,000

    Rs 11,49,000


    On the outside, this variant adds-in features like projector headlamps, LED DRLs, fog lamps and 15-inch alloy wheels. This variant comes with leather wrapped steering wheel as well. 

    Also Read - 2020 Skoda Rapid vs Mahindra XUV300 - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    The notable functional features of this variant includes electrically foldable ORVMs and height adjustable driver seat. 

    You can view all the added features of the 2021 Skoda Rapid Ambition variant over the Rider Plus in the table below: 

    RAPID AMBITION | FEATURES OVER RIDER PLUS

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    Anti-theft Alarm

    Electrically Foldable ORVMs

    R15 Alloy Wheels

    Projector Headlamps

    Remote Open-Close Windows 

    Leather-wrapped Steering, Gear Lever & Handbrake

    Front & Rear Fog Lamps

    Height-adjustable Driver Seat

    Exterior-Interior Chrome Detailing

    Steering Mounted Controls

    Bounce-back Power Windows

    LED DRLs

     

    Multi Information Display

     
     

    Illuminated Glovebox

     
         


    The Rapid Ambition variant comes with a good combination of must-have and good-to-have features, and its primary missing feature is rear parking camera. 

    However, the Ambition variant’s incremental cost of Rs 1.80 lakh additional is expensive for these given features. 

    If you wish to buy a manual or automatic variant of the Rapid that is feature-rich as well, then should you go for the Ambition variant or a higher variant, this we’ll discuss after looking into the details of the next variant.

    What Are The Features of 2021 Skoda Rapid Onyx Variant?

    The Onyx is primarily a cosmetic update over the Ambition variant and costs Rs 20,000 more over the latter. 

    SKODA RAPID | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    Ambition

    DIFFERENCE

    Onyx

    Manual

    Rs 9,99,000

    Rs 20,000

    Rs 10,19,000

    DIFFERENCE

    Rs 1,50,000

    --

    Rs 1,50,000

    Automatic

    Rs 11,49,000

    Rs 20,000

    Rs 11,69,000


    The Onyx variant is available in only white and blue exterior colour options, with the blue colour exclusively available only in this variant. 

    Also Read - 2020 Skoda Rapid vs Ford EcoSport - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    The Rapid Onyx comes with cosmetic updates such as black 16-inch alloy wheels, black ORVMs and black and grey dual-colour interior theme along with leather seat upholstery and flat-bottom steering wheel. 

    In the Rapid range, the Onyx is the only variant that offers rear windscreen curtain. 

    You can find all the added features of the 2021 Skoda Rapid Onyx variant in the following table: 

    RAPID ONYX | FEATURES OVER AMBITION

    Functional

    Style

    Rear Windscreen Curtain

    R16 Glossy Black Alloy wheels 

    Glossy Black ORVMs

    Grey Interior w/ Leather Upholstery 

    Black Waste Bin

    Flat-bottom Steering Wheel

    Black Side Molding

    Piano-black Insert on Gear Console

       

    Black Trunk Lip

    Onyx Accessory Pack (Blue colour)

           


    If we consider the Onyx variant in the light of only the Ambition variant, then it is worth buying this variant for its exclusivity. 

    However, the Onyx variant doesn’t deliver value like the Rider and Rider Plus variants. 

    What Are The Features of 2021 Skoda Rapid Style Variant?

    The Rapid Style variant is Rs 1.70 lakh more expensive than the Ambition variant, in case of the manual transmission, and Rs 1.50 lakh in case of automatic.

    SKODA RAPID | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    Ambition

    DIFFERENCE

    Onyx

    DIFFERENCE

    Style

    Manual

    Rs 9,99,000

    Rs 20,000

    Rs 10,19,000

    Rs 1,50,000

    Rs 11,69,000

    DIFF.

    Rs 1,50,000

    --

    Rs 1,50,000

    --

    Rs 1,30,000

    Automatic

    Rs 11,49,000

    Rs 20,000

    Rs 11,69,000

    Rs 1,30,000

    Rs 12,99,000


    Over the Ambition variant, the added safety features of the Style variant include - auto-dimming IRVM, rear parking camera and side airbags. 

    The other noteworthy additional features of this variant include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, rain sensing wipers, auto headlamps, 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome door handles and rear spoiler. 

    You can check all the additional features of the 2021 Skoda Rapid Style variant over the Ambition variant in the following table: 

    RAPID STYLE | FEATURES OVER AMBITION

    Safety

    Functional

    Style

    Anti-theft alarm w/ Interior Monitoring

    Cruise control

    Leatherette Door Armrest

    Rear Parking Camera

    Rain Sensing Wipers

    R16 Alloy Wheels

    Auto Dimming IRVM

    Cooled Glovebox

    Chrome Door Handles & Exterior Inserts

    Side Airbags

    Auto Headlamps

    Spoiler

    8-inch Infotainment System

    Illumination in Footwell

    Rear Diffuser

     

    All Around UV-cut Glasses

    Round Rim Steering Wheel

     

    (-) Dustbin

     
         


    The Style variant almost justifies its incremental value over the Ambition variant for its added features in case of the automatic transmission. However, in case of the manual transmission, this variant doesn’t justify its incremental cost of Rs 1.50 lakh. 

    What Are The Features 2021 Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo Variant?

    The Monte Carlo is the Style variant’s cosmetically-enhanced version, and is Rs 30,000 costlier than the Style.

    SKODA RAPID | PRICE COMPARISON

     

    Style

    DIFFERENCE

    Monte Carlo

    Manual

    Rs 11,69,000

    Rs 30,000

    Rs 11,99,000

    DIFFERENCE

    Rs 1,30,000

    --

    Rs 1,30,000

    Automatic

    Rs 12,99,000

    Rs 30,000

    Rs 13,29,000


    It is important to note here that the Monte Carlo variant doesn’t get the safety feature of side airbags that is offered in the Style variant.

    Also Read - Skoda Rapid 1.0L Turbo Petrol vs Ford Freestyle 1.2L Petrol - Price, Specs, Features Comparison

    In terms of cosmetic updates, the Monte Carlo edition flaunts features such as - dual-tone alloy wheels, black exterior details, spoiler and flat-bottom steering wheel. 

    Similar to the Rapid Onyx variant’s exclusive Blue exterior colour option, the Monte Carlo variant comes in a Red colour option that’s exclusive to this variant. 

    Over the Style variant, all the additional features that are offered in the 2021 Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo variant are listed in the table below:

    RAPID MONTE CARLO | FEATURES OVER STYLE

    R16 Dual Tone Alloy Wheels

    Monte Carlo Badging On Upholstery, Scuff Plates, B-pillar

    Black Radiator Grille, Roof & ORVMs

    Side, Front & Tailgate Spoiler

    Flat-bottom Steering Wheel

    Red Interior Highlights

    Black Interior Inserts

     

    (-) Side Airbags

     
       


    We think that in the case of the automatic transmission, it is not sensible to go for the Monte Carlo edition over the Style, but in case of the manual, it is okay to go for this variant. 

    2021 Skoda Rapid Variants - Which One To Buy? 

    Now, let’s sum up all the variant recommendations of the 2021 Skoda Rapid to make your buying decision easier. 

    For the budget buyers, the Rapid Rider variant is best suitable. This is because this variant is now aggressively priced, and all the other variants over this are expensive upgrades. However, there are several basic as well as good-to-have features missing in the Rider variant, which are available in the Ambition or Onyx variant. 

    Also Read - 2020 Kia Sonet vs Skoda Rapid - Price, Specs, Features, Mileage Comparison

    If you wish to buy a feature-rich variant of the Rapid manual, then we suggest you consider the Onyx variant. Although there’s no features-wise difference between the Onyx and Ambition variants, owing to the unique exterior and interior styling features, we feel that the Onyx variant is a more attractive option.

    If you are looking to buy the Rapid with the automatic transmission, then for the budget buyers we recommend the Rider Plus variant. 

    Along with the automatic transmission if you wish to get a good combination of features, then we suggest the Onyx or the Style variants as per your liking and budget. These two variants have a price difference of Rs 1.30 lakh, and both deliver similar good value propositions. 

    Here’s a brief look at the variant-wise recommendations on the 2021 Skoda Rapid:

    RAPID MANUAL | RECOMMENDATION

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Price

    Recommendation

    Rider

    Rank 1

    Rs 7,79,000

    Suitable for budget buyers

    Rider Plus

    Rank 5

    Rs 8,19,000

    Expensive upgrade

    Ambition

    Rank 4

    Rs 9,99,000

    Expensive upgrade

    Onyx

    Rank 2

    Rs 10,19,000

    Not a value-for-money upgrade, but worth considering for its exclusivity

    Style

    Rank 3

    Rs 11,69,000

    Expensive upgrade

    Monte Carlo

     

    Rs 11,99,000

    Expensive upgrade

     

    SKODA RAPID AUTOMATIC | RECOMMENDATION

    EX-SHOWROOM

    Variant

    VFM Rank

    Price

    Recommendation

    Rider Plus

    Rank 1

    Rs 9,69,000

    Suitable for budget buyers

    Ambition

    Rank 4

    Rs 11,49,000

    Expensive upgrade

    Onyx

    Rank 2

    Rs 11,69,000

    Not a value-for-money upgrade, but worth considering for its exclusivity

    Style

    Rank 3

    Rs 12,99,000

    Not a value-for-money upgrade, but worth considering for feature conscious buyers

    Monte Carlo

     

    Rs 13,29,000

    Expensive upgrade


    What Are The Colour Options of 2021 Skoda Rapid?

    The 2021 Rapid is available for sale in 6 exterior color options, namely — Silver, White, Grey, Brown, Red and Blue.


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Lakshya loves to talk about cars and, therefore, he’s mostly in the front of the camera doing the talking. He’s usually blunt in his opinion -- good or bad, and backs it up with logic. Lakshya is a senior member of V3Cars’ editorial team. 

    Twitter handle: @lakshya_khanna

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