New Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento [COMPARISON!]

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Although the Rapid has been a fairly successful product for Skoda in India, it has been around for quite a while now. An update was required and Volkswagen-owned Skoda has done just that with the launch the new Skoda Rapid in India. Its biggest rival in the market is its own sibling, the Volkswagen Vento. In fact, the Rapid is essentially a badge engineered VW Vento. We compare the two sedans based on price, specifications and other essential parameters and you can read all about it in our New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento post here.

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New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento – Price in India

The prices of the Rapid start at a shade over the Vento’s starting price of Rs. 8.16 lakh. Here is a comparison of the pricing of the Rapid and the Vento.

Petrol

New 2016 Skoda Rapid Volkswagen Vento
Variant Price  Variants Price 
Active Rs. 8.35 lakh Trendline Rs. 8.16 lakhs
Ambition Manual Rs. 9.27 lakh Comfortline Rs. 9.14 lakhs
Ambition Automatic Rs. 10.39 lakh Highline Rs. 10.00 lakhs
Style Manual Rs. 10.44 lakh Comfortline AT Rs. 10.38 lakhs
Style Automatic Rs. 11.46 lakh Highline AT Rs. 11.30 lakh

Diesel

New 2016 Skoda Rapid Volkswagen Vento
Variant Price Variants Price
Active Rs. 9.57 lakh Trendline Rs. 9.46 lakhs
Ambition Manual Rs. 10.49 lakh Comfortline Rs. 10.39 lakhs
Ambition Automatic Rs. 11.71 lakh Highline Rs. 11.36 lakhs
Style Manual Rs. 11.67 lakh Comfortline AT Rs. 11.67 lakhs
Style Automatic Rs. 12.79 lakhs Highline AT Rs. 12.59 lakh

Overall, we think the Skoda Rapid has been priced a bit on the higher side.

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New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento – India Specifications Comparison

The new 2016 Skoda Rapid will continue with the same petrol and diesel engine lineup. Both engines are shared with the Vento sedan. However, the Vento also gets 1.2 TSI petrol with 7-speed DSG variants. This engine and transmission combo could be added to the Skoda Rapid lineup as well. Also, the Rapid facelift will get the updated version of the 1.5 L TDI Diesel, which does duty on the new Volkswagen Ameo.

Diesel

  2016 Skoda Rapid Volkswagen Vento
Length x Width x Height 4413 x 1699 x 1466 mm 4390 x 1699 x 1467 mm
Ground Clearance 163 mm 163 mm
Kerb Weight 1182-1228 KGs 1211-1233 kg
Wheel Type and Size 15-inch alloys 15-inch alloys
Boot Space 460 L 494 L
Engine Type/ Displacement 1.5 L Diesel 1.5 L Diesel
Power 108 bhp 103 bhp
Torque 250 Nm 250 Nm
Transmission (Gearbox) 5-speed manual/7-speed Automatic 5-speed Manual/7-speed Automatic
Mileage 21.13 KMPL (MT)/21.72 KMPL (AT) 20.64 KMPL (MT)/21.5 KMPL (AT)

Petrol

  2016 Skoda Rapid Volkswagen Vento
Length x Width x Height 4413 x 1699 x 1466 mm 4390 x 1699 x 1467 mm
Ground Clearance 163 mm 163 mm
Kerb Weight 1111-1187 kgs 1140-1174 kg
Wheel Type and Size 15-inch alloys 15-inch alloys
Boot Space 460 L 494 L
Engine Type/ Displacement 1.6 L Petrol 1.6 L Petrol/1.2 L Turbo Petrol
Power 104 bhp 103 bhp/103 bhp
Torque 153 Nm 153 Nm/175 Nm
Transmission (Gearbox) 5-speed manual/6-speed Automatic 6-speed Manual/7-speed DSG Automatic
Mileage 15.41 KMPL (MT)/14.84 KMPL (AT) 16.09 KMPL/18.19 KMPL

Both sedans are very closely matched in terms of specifications. While the Vento petrol automatic variants get a 1.2 TSI with a 7-speed DSG, Rapid gets a 1.6 L unit with a 6-speed manual.

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New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento – Mileage Comparison

  Petrol Diesel
New Skoda Rapid (estimated) 15.41 KMPL (MT)/14.84 KMPL (AT) 21.13 KMPL (MT)/21.72 KMPL (AT)
Volkswagen Vento 16.09 KMPL (MT)/18.19 KMPL (AT) 20.64 KMPL (MT)/21.5 KMPL (AT)

New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento – Dimensions

  Skoda Rapid Volkswagen Vento
Length 4413 mm 4390 mm
Width 1699 mm 1699 mm
Height 1466 mm 1467 mm
Wheelbase 2552 mm 2553 mm
Fuel Tank 55 litres 55 litres
Boot Space 460 litres 494 litres

New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento – Exterior Design

Like the outgoing Skoda Rapid, the new version borrows its face from the current generation Skoda Fabia. It features sharper front end styling, which is in line with Skoda’s current design language. There are new angular headlamps with projector units and LED daytime running lights. The bonnet, grille and front bumper are also new. Much of the rear remains unchanged. However, the new Rapid gets reprofiled tail lights. Essentially, the Skoda Rapid is a Vento with the nose of a Fabia. Both cars have a similar rear profile and rear end. Choosing between the two depends solely on personal preference. However, the Skoda does have the advantage of being the newer on among the two.

New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento – Interior Design

The interiors of both sedans are nearly identical. However, they get different steering wheel designs and different colour scheme for the dashboard. The new Skoda Rapid features darker shades in the cabin and gets a new touchscreen infotainment system as well. In terms of interior design, there isn’t much that sets the two sedans apart. Volkswagen Vento features a black beige combo for the dashboard along with silver highlights. It also gets a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel.

New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento – Features

Skoda has added certain features to the new Rapid facelift. The most notable addition is a touchscreen AVN. Other than that, the Vento and Rapid boast a similar list of features. While the Rapid gets projector headlamps with LED DRLs, the Vento features conventional headlamps. However, Volkswagen will soon roll out an update for the Vento adding a full LED headlamp setup.

New Skoda Rapid Volkswagen Vento
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

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New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento – Verdict

Neither car holds a clear advantage over the other. Pricing, features, specifications, they are all similar. The only real difference between the two is in terms of styling. And the Rapid holds a slight advantage here as it is relatively new.

  • Design – Both these sedans are smart looking products. At the end of the day, it comes down to personal taste.
  • Features – Much of the features list of the Rapid and Vento remain the same. New Rapid gets some additional features like touchscreen AVN and rain sensing wipers.
  • Specifications – Both cars get the same engine options. However, while Rapid petrol automatic variants get a 1.6 L engine with a 6-speed auto, Vento petrol automatic variants employ a 1.2 L TSI petrol with a 7-speed DSG.
  • Price – The Rapid now commands a small premium over the Vento. This is something that could be tough to justify for the Rapid.

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