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Skoda Rapid Review : 8 Pros & 8 Cons

What you'll like:

  • Most fun-to-drive C2 segment sedan on sale today. Begs to be driven hard!
  • Brilliant 109 BHP 1.0L TSI engine is an enthusiast's delight. Mated to a slick 6-speed MT
  • The Skoda Rapid's European build quality is more solid than the competition's
  • VFM pricing. We feel that the Rapid is well-priced for what it offers
  • Mature suspension offers a balanced ride & best-in-class dynamics
  • Strong safety rating, 4 airbags & good brakes
  • Still looks great. Old, but timeless, clean & classy
  • Features such as rake & reach steering, cruise control, auto headlamps + wipers, adjustable driver armrest, tinted windows...

What you won't:

  • The Skoda Rapid is a 9-old car based on the 11-year old VW Polo. Cabin feels outdated too
  • Horror stories about Skoda's after-sales service
  • 1.0 TSI’s refinement is poor at high rpm (it’s satisfactory at regular revs)
  • Unknown long-term reliability of this complex turbo-petrol engine
  • Horrible, cheap & buggy audio system in the Style & Monte Carlo variants. Replace it
  • Tall rear floor hump will annoy the 5th occupant
  • No diesel and no automatic in the Rapid (AT is expected in a few months though)
  • Missing features: Android Auto / Apple CarPlay, keyless-entry-go, oldschool MID, LED headlamps, basic 4-speaker ICE, sunroof...

Click here to read Team-BHP’s detailed review.

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