2021 Skoda Rapid Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

2021 Skoda Rapid Variants Explained - Which One To Buy?

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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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 Khanna

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.

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