New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Ciaz [COMPARISON!]

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The Skoda Rapid hasn’t been doing too well on the sales charts. However, the new facelift infuses some freshness with the ageing car. While this facelift sure makes the car more appealing, it would be interesting to see if it would help the Rapid outsell hot-sellers like the Honda City and the Maruti Ciaz. It maybe noted that the Ciaz has been the highest selling car in the C2 segment. Thanks mainly to an attractive price tag, spacious and well appointed cabin and frugal engines, the Ciaz has a lot going for it. So will the Rapid facelift be able to make a dent on this Maruti’s sales performance? Read all about it in our New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Ciaz post here.

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Also SeeSkoda Rapid Facelift | Skoda Rapid Old vs New | Upcoming Sedans in India

New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Ciaz – Price in India

Currently, the prices of Ciaz start at Rs 7.53 Lakh. In comparison, prices of the Rapid start at Rs 8.35 Lakh. The Rapid has got a price hike with the launch of the new facelift. Hence, the Ciaz continues to enjoy a slight price advantage over the Rapid.

Petrol

New 2016 Skoda Rapid Maruti Ciaz
Active Rs. 8.35 lakh VXi Rs. 7.53 lakh
Ambition Manual Rs. 9.27 lakh VXi Plus Rs. 8.12 lakh
Ambition Automatic Rs. 10.39 lakh ZXi Rs. 8.78 lakh
Style Manual Rs. 10.44 lakh AT VXi Plus Rs. 9.29 lakh
Style Automatic Rs. 11.46 lakh ZXi Plus Rs. 9.34 lakh
RS ZXi Plus Rs. 9.48 lakh
AT ZXi Rs. 9.94 lakh
AT ZXi Plus Rs. 10.50 lakh

Diesel

New 2016 Skoda Rapid Maruti Ciaz
Active Rs. 9.57 lakh VDI SHVS Rs. 7.73 Lakh
Ambition Manual Rs. 10.49 lakh VDI PLUS SHVS Rs. 8.28 Lakh
Ambition Automatic Rs. 11.71 lakh ZDI SHVS Rs. 8.94 Lakh
Style Manual Rs. 11.67 lakhs ZDI PLUS SHVS Rs. 9.55 Lakh
Style Automatic Rs. 12.79 lakhs RS ZDI PLUS SHVS Rs. 9.64 Lakh

Overall, the Skoda Rapid continues to command a premium over the Ciaz. There is a difference of 2 lakhs between the top end diesel Rapid and top end Diesel Ciaz!

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Also See2016 Skoda Rapid vs VW Vento | Maruti Ciaz Review | Rapid vs City

New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Ciaz- Specifications Comparison

The new 2016 Skoda Rapid shares its petrol and diesel engines with the earlier model. Both these engines offer a good mix of performance and fuel mileage. The Diesel engine has been given a remap for more power and efficiency. In comparison, the Ciaz offers a 1.4-litre Petrol and a 1.3 Diesel engine. These engines offer sufficient power and torque. Also, thanks to the light weight of Ciaz, the car is pretty quick off the block. Fuel mileage is where the Ciaz really scores. The Diesel model is India’s most fuel efficient sedan!

Diesel

  2016 Skoda Rapid Maruti Ciaz
Length x Width x Height 4413 x 1699 x 1466 mm 4490 x 1730 x 1485 mm
Ground Clearance 163 mm 170 mm
Kerb Weight 1182-1228 KGs 1115 kg
Wheel Type and Size 15-inch alloys 16-inch alloys
Boot Space 460 L 510 L
Engine Type/ Displacement 1.5 L Diesel 1.3 L Diesel
Power 108 bhp 89 bhp
Torque 250 Nm 200 Nm
Transmission (Gearbox) 5-speed manual/7-speed Automatic 5-speed Manual
Mileage 21.13 KMPL (MT)/21.72 KMPL (AT) 28 KMPL

Petrol

  2016 Skoda Rapid Maruti Ciaz
Length x Width x Height 4413 x 1699 x 1466 mm 4490 x 1730 x 1485 mm
Ground Clearance 163 mm 170 mm
Kerb Weight 1140-1174 kg 1010 kg
Wheel Type and Size 15-inch alloys 16-inch alloys
Boot Space 460 L 510 L
Engine Type/ Displacement 1.6 L Petrol 1.4 L Petrol
Power 104 bhp 91 BHP
Torque 153 Nm 130 Nm
Transmission (Gearbox) 5-speed manual/6-speed Automatic 5-speed Manual/4-Speed Automatic
Mileage 15.41 KMPL (MT)/14.84 KMPL (AT) 20.73 KMPL (MT)/19.12 KMPL (AT)

As can be seen, the Rapid is more powerful than the Ciaz. Also, the Rapid offers better automatic transmissions. The Ciaz, however, scores higher almost everywhere else. It is not only dimensionally bigger, but is also more frugal. Overall, the Ciaz is the clear winner here.

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New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Ciaz – Mileage Comparison

  Petrol Diesel
New Skoda Rapid 15.41 KMPL (MT)/14.84 KMPL (AT) 21.13 KMPL (MT)/21.72 KMPL (AT)
Maruti Ciaz 20.73 KMPL 28.09 KMPL

New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Ciaz – Dimensions

  Skoda Rapid Maruti Ciaz
Length 4413 mm 4490 mm
Width 1699 mm 1730 mm
Height 1466 mm 1485 mm
Wheelbase 2552 mm 2650 mm
Fuel Tank 55 litres 43 litres
Boot Space 460 litres 510 litres

New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Ciaz – Exterior Design

Much like the pre-facelift Rapid, the facelift has taken design cues from the Fabia. It now gets a sharper front-end. The front’s styling is now in line with Skoda’s latest design language. It boasts of sleeker headlamps that have projector units and LED DRLs. The hood and the grille are also new. Apart from this, the car also gets a slightly revised rear. In comparison, the Ciaz looks a lot more understated. While Maruti has sprinkled chrome at a few places, the Ciaz looks much simpler than the Rapid. That said, the Ciaz does look premium enough.

New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Ciaz – Interior Design

While the Rapid gets Polo-like interior, the Ciaz gets a spacious cabin that is decidedly more premium than other Marutis. The Rapid offers a brown-beige color theme. In comparison, the Ciaz offers a black-beige theme. The RS trims, however, get sportier all-black theme. Both the cars offer a long list of features.

New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Ciaz – Features

The Skoda Rapid facelift gets additional equipment over the pre-facelift model. Even the Ciaz is pretty feature-laden. Here’s a quick comparison of the two-

New 2016 Skoda Rapid Maruti Ciaz
Air Conditioner Type Automatic Climate Control Automatic Climate Control
Power Windows Yes (4) Yes (4)
Central Locking Yes Yes
Steering Audio Controls Yes Yes
Audio System Touchscreen Touchscreen
Airbags 2 2
ABS Yes Yes

New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Ciaz – Verdict

We feel that both the Ciaz and the Rapid are as different as two C2 segment sedans can get. While one makes for a good family sedan and is easy on the pocket, the other is sporty and is expensive to both buy and run. It’s a matter of personal taste, seriously. However, here’s what our comparison results look like-

  • Design – While the Rapid gets a modern ‘nose’, the Ciaz is all about understated elegance. Also, Rapid looks a lot like the Vento, which robs off the novelty value to some extent.
  • Features – Both cars are evenly matched in this aspect.
  • Specifications – The Rapid is definitely more performance-oriented. It gets more powerful engines and DSG ‘box. The Ciaz, however, offer higher fuel economy. It is also dimensionally bigger. For a family car, the Ciaz makes more sense. It’s not as exciting to drive though.
  • Price -Rapid is priced higher than the Ciaz. Hence, the Ciaz looks like the more practical buy here.

 

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  1. […] So the new 2016 Skoda Rapid is here and has already created quite some buzz. The Rapid now gets a really modern front facade and guess what, it has got more frugal too! The Rapid is definitely more appealing now. But is it good enough to threaten the likes of the Honda City? We find out in our New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Honda City comparison here. Also See- New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Ciaz comparison […]

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