Volkswagen Passat : Test Drive & Review

Volkswagen Passat Price in India

Volkswagen has been expanding its product portfolio in India quite rapidly. Recently, it added the Ameo and Tiguan to its portfolio. The company has now launched the eighth-gen Passat in India. Even though the car was first unveiled in the 2014 at the Paris motor show, it took three years for the company to bring it to India. The delay probably has to do with the face that it’s a low-volume segment. Passat is based on the same platform (MQB) as the Superb. Despite the same underpinnings, the car looks nothing like Superb. The Passat also happens to be the Volkswagen’s most premium offering in yet in India. Volkswagen price in India puts it in direct competition with the cars like Skoda Superb, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord etc. Volkswagen Passat variants on offer include Comfortline and Highline.

 

EXTERIOR AND STYLE

 

Depending on which way you look at it, you’ll either find the Volkswagen Passat elegantly understated or just ordinary. But either way, it doesn’t really have any bad angles. At the front, the headlights and grille are styled into a single panel running across the width of the car. There isn’t much by way of design flair but the full LED headlights with DRLs at the bottom edge look sharp. And lending a bit of a sporty touch is the lower edge of the bumper that’s tapered inwards; this treatment is given to the sides and rear bumper too. The profile of the Passat is characterised by a strong coupé roofline and a prominent, deep shoulder line. LED tail-lamps complete the rear. On the whole, the Passat looks classy but it lacks any sort of flair or panache.

 

Things on the inside are in the same vein. The interior colour scheme is dark and is livened by the exquisitely finished wood panel on the dash and doors that brings in a subdued richness. Like the headlight-grille mono panel, the dashboard too has a single panel housing the AC vents, broken in the centre by an analogue clock. The steering wheel is the familiar VW unit from the Polo, while the controls like the HVAC unit, door handles and window switches are from the Jetta and Tiguan.The wood inserts, Nappa leather upholstery and the soft-touch areas on the dash all feel like they belong on a more expensive car. All around, the feel of the cabin, or ‘haptics’ as VW prefers to call it, is simply top-notch and high on quality.

 

INTERIORS

 

The understated elegance is carried over inside too. The dashboard is flat and simple looking but uses high quality materials to offer a rich, premium feel. The dash is split horizontally across its length by a matte-finished strip of wood, at the centre of which sits an analogue clock. Above the wooden strip are air-conditioning vents which look like the ones on the Audi Q7, with faux vents that connect them from end to end. The flat-bottomed steering wheel is the same as the Tiguan’s and so are the clocks and the Passat offers a familiar feel from behind the wheel. Interiors are finished in black including the leather seats to offer a sporty feel, while the roof is beige-hued and offers a sense of airiness.The Passat is no match for the limousine-like space offered by the Skoda Superb, but there’s plenty of space at the rear and I cannot possibly imagine anyone complaining about lack of legroom. The seats are plush, particularly the rear bench, which also gets a wide arm rest with cup holders.

 

The Passat’s feature and equipment list is extensive. It gets a 12.3-inch TFT display that integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The infotainment system also offers staggering amounts of information about the car, like the ‘Think Blue Trainer’ we first saw in the Tiguan. It rates your driving style, giving you marks out of 100 depending on how efficiently you drive. The Passat also gets five driving modes, and apart from customising the engine and gearbox responses the modes alter the suspension setup too, a segment first.  The new Passat gets semi-auto park assist and a 360 degree view camera too. Then there’s the easy open and close boot – a wave of your foot under it will open the boot, pressing a button will shut it.Boot space is massive at 586 litres, and should you ever feel the need for more space, you can drop the rear seatbacks by pulling the levers placed conveniently in the boot. Both front seats can be adjusted electrically, and the driver’s seat gets memory and massage functions too. Front seats are heated, though we would have preferred cooled seats given that our warm conditions. There’s three-zone climate control on offer as well, but oddly the rear controls only let you adjust the temperature and not the blower speed. On the safety front the Passat gets 9 airbags, while ABS, EBD, ESP are of course part of standard equipment.

 

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

 

In India, the new Volkswagen Passat gets only 1 engine option which is the very familiar 2.0-litre TDI, 4-cylinder oil-burner, which is thankfully offered in the higher 177 HP and 350 Nm tune, unlike the Tiguan. Mated to this engine is the 6-speed DSG gearbox. The Passat doesn’t really disappoint on the mechanical front. The diesel engine offers good driveability and power is also adequate for the sedan. The engine does sound noisy and the noise is heard inside the cabin too. The Passat is quick to respond to throttle inputs and turbo lag is managed well by the DSG gearbox.

 

As the revs increase, there is a good wave of torque and the Passat pulls effortlessly and power delivery goes all the way to 5400 RPM. The DSG responds quickly most of the times and downshifts a cog or two swiftly when you mash the throttle, however, I did notice in city driving that sometimes it hesitates before downshifting and that leads to a delay of a couple of seconds along with some jerks. That aside, the Passat feels genuinely good to drive and the diesel motor is pretty efficient too, delivering 10-13 kms to the litre.For quicker shifts and an aggressive driving pattern, you get a Sport mode on the gearbox along with steering-mounted paddle shifters. Along with that, the sedan also gets driving modes like Comfort, Auto and Sport which alter the steering, engine and damper response. Also, the vehicle gets the Think Blue Trainer which is a cool piece of tech that advises you on better driving patterns to maximise the efficiency from the diesel engine.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

 

Confident and comfortable, that’s how the Passat feels like to drive and to be driven around in. Steering it around fast bends, it always surprised with its composure. No doubt the electronic differential lock helps it keep a neat line. The steering, although on the lighter side in all modes other than Sport, gives you the confidence to wriggle through traffic or carve up ghats. In Comfort mode, the Passat will gobble up poor roads, and as it isn’t overly soft, you can use this mode for almost all conditions. Body control remains well in check here too. Sport mode of the DCC firms up the suspension significantly and it is best reserved for smooth highways.

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SAFETY FEATURES

 

Being a luxury family sedan, this car deserves some best safety treatments to make the ride of the occupants safe and secure, which Volkswagen did without letting any complain. The automatic LED headlamps come with reflector technology, along with separate daytime running lights, “Leaving Home” and manual “Coming Home”. The car also comes with several other safety features like 3 point front and centre rear seatbelts in with height adjustment and belt tensioner, anti theft alarm system, backup horn, interior monitoring and towing protection, auto dimming interior mirror, automatically heated washer nozzles, curtain airbag system for front and rear passengers including side airbags, dark red tail lamp assemblies in LED technology, Electronic Stability Control, ABS with brake assistant, ASR, EDL, EDTC and trailer stabilization, front windshield wiper with intermittent control and rain sensor and Rest Assist (drowsiness detection).

 

CONCLUSSION

 

VW describe this car as the quite, confident guy, one who doesn’t show off. And if that appeals to you then the Passat is simply perfect. Its negatives like the audible suspension and engine can be overlooked in the face of its many talents. The Passat is well equipped, spacious, rides well and is adequately powered, and it doesn’t command an unnecessary premium. Trouble, however, is, while it ticks all the right boxes, most people buy cars with their hearts instead of checklists and that’s where the Passat lacks the sense of occasion. Many won’t find it to be exciting; it basically comes down to tuxedos and suits. If you prefer the flair of a tux then look elsewhere, but if it’s the simple elegance of a suit that you like, the Passat is your perfect bet.

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Volkswagen Passat Ex Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from  29,99,000/- (Passat Comfortline) to  32,99,000/- (Passat Highline).Volkswagen Passat has 2 Variants of Diesel are available in India. Volkswagen Passat comes in 5 colours, namely Tungsten Silver,Harvard Blue,Deep Black,ORYX White,Black Oak Brown.

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Hyundai Elantra Prices, Reviews and Pictures

Hyundai Elantra Price In India

 

Hyundai’s executive saloon Elantra is indubitably one of the most modish-looking premium saloons in its segment. The latest version of the saloon houses few styling upgrades on the outside while prominent tweaks have been made inside the cabin. Nothing changes on the mechanical front. That said, the saloon continues to get power from the same set of engines. Available in petrol as well as diesel guises, the Elantra range includes three petrol and four diesel variants along with two automatic options proffered, one each in petrol and diesel engines. The entry level base variant is available only with the diesel engine option. This trim is bereft of various equipment available in the variants positioned above it.

 

EXTERIOR AND DESIGN

Hyundai has taken the overtly curvaceous shape of the previous Elantra and sharpened things considerably. For starters, the grille is now a single, hexagonal, chromed unit. The headlamps lose the body hugging curvature from before and now pack LED DRLs flanked by HID projector lamps. The Indian-spec Hyundai Elantra doesn’t get the LED foglamps that the North American model does. In its place is a projector fog lamp within the same boomerang-shaped housing.

The side profile looks similar to the outgoing car but the roofline at the rear  is even more coupe-like and ends directly  in the boot section which packs an integrated spoiler.  Hyundai have adopted a similar boot opening technique seen in the new Skoda Superb. With the key in your pocket, wave your foot under the boot once. Announcing that the car has sensed this movement, the indicators will blink four times after which the boot opens. It’s a nice option when you have both hands full and need to open the boot. Tyre size is the same 205/60 R16 but they are now low rolling resistance Hankook Kinergy rubber wrapped on tastier looking wheels. This new Hyundai Elantra is slightly longer than the outgoing car at 4,570mm, 5mm more in width (1,800mm) and lower in height (1,470mm) by 5mm. The ground clearance too is lower by 2mm at 165mm.

 

INTERIOR AND COMFORT

The interiors also have the fluidic theme. The dashboard has soft touch materials and the dual-tone trim adds to the premium feel. Quality of materials is good and the interiors are better than many cars in the segment. Attention to detail is good, and the theme caries on undisturbed. Hyundai has ensured that the seats are comfortable and there is sufficient space in both the rows. The seats are large making it comfortable for long trips. The rear seats for the first time are hard and have comfortable seating position. This makes it a good option to consider.

The equipment list is large too. It has keyless entry and start/stop button, a dual zone climate control system, a cooled glovebox, electrically adjustable, heated and foldable ORVMs, Bluetooth audio with navigation, audio controls on the steering and also on the rear armrest for rear passengers. The Elantra will be equipped with Apple Car Play on an eight-inch touchscreen system. The Hyundai Elantra 2016 also comes loaded with six airbags and also has ABS with EBD, ESP, speed-sensing door lock, central locking and an engine immobilizer as well.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE

The Hyundai Elantra is available in both petrol and diesel engine options. Hyundai is using a new 2.0-litre petrol engine which punches out 151 HP & 192 Nm. This engine comes mated with both manual and automatic transmissions. We got a chance to drive the petrol automatic variant at the media test drive. This new motor feels quite peppy and has a strong mid & top end. The 6-speed automatic gearbox mated to the petrol engine is the second generation autobox and is more refined now. However, being a single clutch transmission, there is some amount of lag, you feel it more once you completely floor the pedal to the metal. This engine delivers an ARAI certified fuel economy of 14.59 km/l and 14.62 km/l with both the manual and auto gearboxes respectively.

The diesel is the same tried and tested 1.6-litre U2 CRDI engine which has been refined as per Hyundai claims. It still delivers the same 127 HP of power and 260 Nm of twisting force. Power delivery is linear and power feels quite adequate. Mated to this oil burner is a 6-speed automatic and manual transmission which has been carried forward from the previous generation model. Hyundai claims that the diesel Elantra is the most fuel efficient sedan in its segment delivering 22.54 km/l as per ARAI standards. Hyundai has worked to improve NVH levels too. There is barely any wind or tyre noise heard inside the cabin. Even the engine bay is well insulated.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING

Here’s the really impressive thing about the new Elantra. It no longer feels softly sprung, a trait we have long associated with Hyundais. True, things have been on the mend over the years, but this feels like a significant step forward. The springs aren’t outright firm by class standards, but they’re firmer than any Hyundai before, which is something you’ll feel as soon as you hit a speed breaker a little too hard. The rebound can be felt with a solid thwack permeating the cabin. Hyundai tends to go a size up on the competition when it comes to its alloy wheels on top-spec cars, but not this time. 16 inches is the segment norm and Hyundai has stuck to it. They’re shod with thick, 60-profile Hankook Kinergy Eco tyres, which seem to be the magic ingredient in this ride-quality recipe. They do well to compensate for the stiffer suspension, soaking up the initial harshness of most bumps really nicely.

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Then the firmer suspension steps in to make sure that body control is kept in check on an undulating surface. Considering how bad the old car was, you’ll be impressed to find that this one hardly bounces or floats at all at high speeds. It stays flat and tied down, and back seat passengers will be especially thankful for this. It really feels a whole lot more grown up and, dare we say it, European. As mentioned earlier, it’s only when you hit a bump or speed breaker really hard that you’ll catch the suspension off-guard. This added firmness, however, has not completely eliminated body roll, and you’ll still feel a bit of it when you corner the Elantra hard.

What you won’t feel much of when you corner hard is what the front wheels are up to, as the steering is still far too numb. Again, there is a marginal improvement from the previous car, but that seems more to do with added weight than outright feel. You will get a better sense of security at high speeds, or when you accidentally drop one of the front wheels into a pothole – the steering doesn’t go limp in your hands, nor do you feel any steering shock. All things considered, you still won’t want to drive the Elantra hard, but you will be thankful for the lightness of the steering when you’re parking or making a three-point turn.

 

SAFETY

The Elantra’s safety systems also get an upgrade. Structural improvements have been made to help reinforce several key areas. The connection between the dash and the cowl have been reinforced, the front end now features a straightened load path to the A-pillar, the B-pillar area has been strengthened with hot-stamped steel, and the side impact beams have been improved.Of course, staying out of an accent is better than just surviving one. The Elantra now has a full suite of electronic aids, including Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Lane Change Assist. As with most cars these days, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, traction control, ABS, and a tire pressure monitor system all come standard.But not only does the Elantra come with those safety features, this entry-level compact sedan now offers adaptive cruise control, or as Hyundai calls it, Smart Cruise Control. The HID headlights are also active, following the steering wheel inputs to illuminate into turns.

 

CONCLUSSION

The Hyundai Elantra has further improved its value for money proposition, has better quality interiors, added a few more features to its exhaustive list and is now also offered with a new and larger petrol engine. It might not be as engaging to drive as its European counterparts but that’s not been this segment’s forte anyway. So if you’re looking for a large comfortable sedan, with widespread service network and low running costs you might consider dropping by a Hyundai showroom close to your home.

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Hyundai Elantra Ex Showroom Price in Bangalore ranges from  12,97,452/- (Elantra 2.0 MPI S) to  19,36,907/- (Elantra 1.6 CRDi SX Optional AT).Hyundai Elantra has 9 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Hyundai Elantra comes in 5 colours, namely Sleek Silver,Phantom Black,Marina Blue,Red Passion,Polar White.

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Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Reviews India

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Price in India

 

It’s easy to see why the MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle) segment is one of

the most successful here in India. With large families predominant

here, the average sedan is just not enough. The MPV, however, not only

seats 5 or 7 in comfort but also carries everyone’s luggage with room

to spare. And to top it all, it drives just as well as your everyday

sedan. The Toyota Innova has been leading this scene ever since its

inception, and Maruti Suzuki’s all-new Ertiga, though not the same

size, aims to offer almost the same at a lot less.

 

EXTERIORS

 

The Ertiga’s wheelbase, at 2740mm, is a considerable 310mm longer than

the Swift’s and the kerb weight has increased by around 155kg. But

this is impressive considering it’s a seven-seater. Suzuki has kept

the Ertiga’s weight in check with extensive use of lightweight

high-tensile steel in its construction.

 

With a length of 4265mm, the Ertiga is a fair bit shorter than the

other MPVs in the market, namely the Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo and

Tata Aria. The Maruti Suzuki Ertiga employs an independent, MacPherson-strut,

coil-spring suspension at the front and a non-independent torsion beam

setup at the rear. The brakes are also a conventional front disc and

rear drum setup.

 

Styling is typically Suzuki, with swept-back headlights like the new

Swift’s, and a grille and bonnet that resemble the Ritz. The overall

design is pleasing, but not what you would call eye-catching. In fact,

the van-like look, which clearly doesn’t exude the status and image of

a saloon, is possibly the Ertiga’s biggest weakness.

 

INTERIORS

 

A new variant, Z+ is introduced in the New Maruti Ertiga. This variant

gets additional features like keyless entry, push start and stop,

touchscreen system with navigation and reverse parking camera. The New

Maruti Ertiga gets the same beige interiors and the upholstery is also

the same. In terms of other features, it gets single airbags and ABS

as a standard feature. Dual airbags is available on all variants as an

optional feature

 

The New Maruti Ertiga has an identical dashboard with the Swift,

however it is beige in colour. The quality of the materials is not

that premium. The front row of seats are quite comfortable and even

large. On long journeys this helps quite a bit. The rear seat space

too on the New Maruti Ertiga is good enough. These seats slide and

recline too. The third row is quite cramped, but it gets some knee

room when the second row seats are moved a bit ahead. The boot becomes

small when all the seats are raised. One needs a carrier for luggage

especially with seven passengers

 

PERFORMANCE AND HANDLING

 

The choice of engines for the Ertiga is the new 1.4-litre K14BVVT

petrol engine and the D13A DDiS super turbo diesel carried forward

from the SX4. Given the additional weight of the new vehicle the two

engines manage to offer a fair balance of power and torque.

 

The new, larger K series petrol engine reflects the same

characteristics of its existing siblings. Quiet and almost vibe-free

in idling mode, the engine comes across as refined and quick under

hard acceleration. With variable valve timing to optimise performance

and with low friction components, the new 1,373cc, 4-cylinder,

16-valve engine delivers a peak power of 95PS at 6,000 rpm and a peak

torque of 130Nm at 4,000 rpm.

 

The diesel engine is combined with an intercooled variable geometry

turbocharger and this is same basic mill from the SX4. This 1,248cc

engine with common rail diesel injection is almost free of any

turbolag and delivers a peak power of 90PS at 4,000 rpm and a peak

torque of 200Nm from as low as 1,750 rpm. The diesel engine makes its

presence felt audibly despite the use of an extended dash silencer and

other sound deadening components.

 

But, that is only when you accelerate hard, during idling and cruising

conditions the familiar diesel engine is just the same as in the SX4.

On the road, the Ertiga feels very much like the Swift and DZire.

Though the Ertiga is no where near as big as the other utility

vehicles like the Innova and the Tavera, you still get to feel its

extra length compared to the Swift.

 

The engines have been mated to the five-speed gearbox already in the

family cars, only the gear ratios have been optimised for the Ertiga’s

expected driving cycle. Gear shifts are crisp and quick. The rated

fuel efficiency for the petrol engine is 16.02 kmpl and the diesel is

20.77 kmpl.

 

The Ertiga handles quiet well too – almost, but not entirely, like a

sedan. The suspension is also a carry forward in terms of its

configuration – MacPherson strut at the front and torsion beam at the

rear. The ratings for the springs have been increased and the dampers

have been stiffened to handle the higher loads.

 

DRIVING

 

The Ertiga’s driving dynamics are largely influenced by its long

wheelbase – the 2.74-metre gap between the front and rear axles give

this MPV good poise and straight-line stability for most situations.

The flipside is that it isn’t happy darting through corners and

prefers a more relaxed driving style. The soft suspension means the

low-speed ride is pretty absorbent, and even as speeds increase, the

Ertiga handles bumps with aplomb and feels pretty solid. The Ertiga’s

suspension works silently too and it’s just over sharp bumps that

there is a mild thud from the suspension.

 

There is a bit of up-and-down motion over undulating surfaces and the

diesel pitches a bit more in the front. However, at moderate speeds,

this never gets uncomfortable and it’s only when you begin to push

really hard that you long for a tauter setup.

Considering its MPV proportions, the Ertiga doesn’t roll excessively

and the steering is fairly accurate too. What you do miss is a tighter

turning circle and the ability to wiggle into tight parking spots as

with a hatchback. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that

the Ertiga is by far the most urban-friendly MPV in the market today.

 

SAFETY

 

Servicing the Ertiga won’t be an issue because Maruti has a service

centre in almost every nook and corner of India. Talking about safety,

the Ertiga comes equipped with dual front airbags and ABS on almost

every variant. The LXi and LDi variants miss out on these safety

features but Maruti offers them on the LXi (O) and LDi (O) trims.

Apart from that, all the other V and Z trims come with these features.

The same goes for front seat belt pretensioners too.

 

CONCLUSION

 

The Maruti Ertiga is a very good people’s carrier and it offers a good

amount of features and practicality is also top notch. With the

facelift, the car looks better, gets more equipment and even boasts of

better efficiency. At the price it is offered for, the Ertiga does

provide you with a lot of value and Maruti has got a strong contender

on their hands in the 7-seater MPV segment.

 

Maruti Suzuki Ertiga Ex Showroom Price in New Delhi ranges from 6,22,062/- (Ertiga LXI) to  8,75,508/- (Ertiga ZXI Plus) .Maruti Suzuki Ertiga has 14 Variants of Petrol are available in India. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga comes in 7 colours, namely Serene Blue,Silky Silver,Exquisite Maroon,Granite Grey,Pearl Blue Blaze,Radiant Beige,Superior White.

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Skoda Rapid Facelift Review

 

Usually German cars’ mid-life facelifts are very mild and hard to

notice but this time around Skoda has updated the Rapid with a

comprehensive facelift. This is the second update since its launch in

India but the previous one had very minute changes. The C-Segment

sedan has got a new front profile, longer list of features and a more

powerful diesel engine that we’ve recently seen in the Volkswagen

Ameo. We went all the way to Mussoorie to see what’s new on offer.

Skoda Rapid Prices in India

 

DESIGN AND STYLING 

The Skoda Rapid Black Edition looks exactly the same as the old car.

The only difference is that the headlamps are blacked and also the

alloy wheels are now black colored ones. The Rapid now gets projector

lamps as well. This gives it a very sporty look. The Skoda Rapid is

now aimed at the younger buyer. The front portion as well as the rear

end remain the same and there is no change on either sides.

 

CABIN 

The dashboard is identical to the earlier Rapid’s, which in turn is

shared with the VW Vento. The dash design is restrained, but

everything is where you expect it to be. Taking centre stage is a new

large and reasonably crisp 6.5-inch touchscreen that comes with USB,

AUX and Bluetooth support as well as MirrorLink connectivity. Other

new equipment include rain-sensing wipers and electronically-folding

exterior mirrors, which help bridge the gap between the Rapid and

better-equipped rivals. Skoda’s trademark ‘clever features’ are

manifest in the form of a cardholder clip in the centre console to

hold all your toll passes and the likes.

 

The Rapid is reasonably comfortable to sit in. The front seats are

generally comfortable, with side-bolstering to hold you in place, and

a large-enough seat cushion to support your thighs. Their lumbar

section, however, feels a bit hollow and might irk you on longer

drives. The rear seats are firm and supportive, offering adequate

thigh support and legroom and good amounts of knee room; you won’t get

the same sense of space as rivals like the Honda City and Maruti Ciaz,

though. Frontal visibility for rear passengers is also not the best on

account of the large front seats. However, the provision of a front,

as well as rear armrest, is appreciated.Other notable equipment

include a tilt-and-telescopic steering adjust, automatically-dimming

rear-view mirror, cruise control, cooled glovebox, climate control,

rear AC vent, one-touch power windows and remote-controlled opening

and closing of windows. Certain features are prominently missing,

though, such as a rear camera and an engine start/stop button.

 

ENGINE AND PERFORMANCE 

The new Skoda Rapid is available with both petrol and diesel engines.

The 1.5-litre, turbocharged diesel engine in the Rapid now produces

5PS more power and the final output is 110PS.

 

Max power is also available 400revs lower in the range, although the

overall impact on outright performance isn’t noticeable but the spread

of power and torque throughout the range is likeable.The diesel unit

is a strong performer; it has 250Nm of torque from 1500rpm and revs

eagerly, too. The lively engine combined with the 7-speed DSG

transmission proved to be a potent package, as the quick gearbox

selected the right ratios to tackle whatever inclines that came our

way.

 

Besides the power surge, Rapid’s spec-sheet also registers a slight

increase of 0.06kmpl in the claimed fuel-efficiency, which now stands

at 21.72kmpl for the diesel automatic version

 

The 1.6-litre MPI petrol engine makes 105PS of maximum power between

5200-5250rpm and delivers 153Nm of maximum torque between

3750-3800rpm. Although power figures for both the engines are closely

spaced, the petrol engine doesn’t like to be hurried and gets quite

audible when pushing hard.

 

Since it’s not a rev-happy engine, it takes time to get into the max

power range and appears slower to 100kmph compared to its diesel

counterpart. On-papers, however, the manual petrol Rapid is quicker

than the manual diesel in the 0-100kmph run, albeit by just 0.1s.

 

On a positive note, the 1.6-litre, MPI engine has decent pull at the

bottom end of the rev-range although maximum torque is available at

3750rpm.It is, therefore,a good ambler for leisurely runs as it

doesn’t require frequent gear changes to maintain consistency.

 

RIDE AND HANDLING 

Skoda has definitely figured out the best balance when it comes to

setting up the suspension for Indian conditions. Barring the Laura

vRS, all Skoda models possess a fine balance between ride and handling

and the Rapid is no different. Ride quality is a bit on the firm side

but never gets intrusive unless you are traveling over real crater

like potholes. The sorted damping means handling is taken care of as

well and high speed endeavors are a piece of cake. The steering is

well weighted and gives reasonable amount of feel even at high speeds

and it’s a real joy throwing it around the corners.

 

SAFETY 

Talking about safety, Skoda India is offering ABS and dual front

airbags as standard across all the trims of the new Rapid. You also

get Hill Hold Control and Electronic Stability Control with the DSG

transmission. Skoda has had a bad reputation in India when it comes to

after sales but they’ve come a long way in making the process

transparent and reliable. They are also offering 4 year service car

programme as standard with the new Rapid that covers 4 years warranty,

4 years of roadside assistance and an optional 4 year service package.

 

BOTTOMLINE 

Thanks to modern creature comforts, good ride and a powerful diesel

engine, Skoda has surely put forth a competitive package. It still has

the old cars robust build and material quality is really good too. So

in a way it should be just right for most buyers even if it might not

exceed expectations of some. Skoda is also revamping its after-sales

service and now has well thought offers for buyers. The Rapid is being

offered with a four-year warranty, road-side assist and maintenance

package, all-inclusive in the ex-showroom Delhi prices that start at

Rs 9.49 lakh. So the competitive pricing with added benefits does make

the updated Rapid a more lucrative buy.

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