Skoda Rapid – 5 reasons why you should consider buying it!
Skoda has recently launched the 2016 Rapid facelift in India. With this launch, the Czech automaker has made the first ever update to the Skoda Rapid sedan, which first went on sale in the country back in 2011. With the executive sedan segment seeing some real competition, rather than the yesteryears when the Honda City was the only option, we decided to list 5 points that make the Rapid facelift 2016 worth consideration as your next car.
Did you get it? Yep! We are indeed talking about the Rapid’s new front fascia that provides the car a fresh character and persona. The facelifted Skoda Rapid has been given the most comprehensive updates to its front. As a result, the new model gets a sharper face that consists of Skoda’s new butterfly grille that is flanked by two sharp and sleek headlamp assemblies, which house projectors and LED DRLs. The front bumper too has been changed to feature a larger air dam and bigger fog lamps at both corners. As a result, the Rapid dumps the roundish looks of the pre-facelift model, and now adorns a more youthful attire.
2. Updated 1.5L TDI engine
Volkswagen Group’s 1.5-litre TDI engine is probably one of the most popular oil burners of the world. The engine has earned itself a cult fan following owing to its refinement and power bursts. And now, with the facelifted Rapid, the engine has further been improved. Thanks to a larger turbocharger, the same block now returns 110 PS of power, 5 more than its predecessor. Torque is still rated at 250 Nm. Volkswagen also claims that it produces lesser emission, and is thus more environment-friendly.
3. The legendary DSG is here!
If you are someone who loves automatics, DSG would be a term that you would always have wanted in your car’s spec-sheet. DSG, acronym for the Dual-clutch Sequential Gearbox, is one of the fastest shifting gearboxes fitted on a production vehicle. The sheer speed and refinement with which each gear ratio is selected in a DSG car can bring a smile on your face. And with the new Rapid, Skoda has finally provided a 7-speed DSG option with the diesel engine, making it one of the best diesel automatics available in the market.
4. Features loaded to the brim
When you step inside the cabin of the new Skoda Rapid, you might not feel impressed, as the design is essentially the same as that of the outgoing model. However, there have been a bunch of feature additions. These include cruise control, rain sensing wipers, automatic headlamps, and a new 6.5-inch infotainment system that supports MirrorLink smartphone integration and navigation. So the Rapid not only looks smart on the outside, but gets various smart additions on the inside too.
5. Improved Mileage
We Indian love our cars to be fuel efficient; a fact that is apparent by our kitna deti hai question from anyone who has bought a new car. And this is one fact that the folks at Skoda have acknowledged. As a result, the new diesel engine has been tuned to deliver an optimum combination of power and efficiency. The diesel manual variant has a company claimed fuel economy of 21.13 km/l, while the diesel automatic delivers 21.72 km/l.
The above facts prove that the Skoda Rapid facelift 2016 is the best car for your eyes, brain, heart as well as pocket. Want to get your hands on one? Head to the nearest Skoda dealership to have a look and book your next set of wheels.