New Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento [COMPARISON!]

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 RapidVolkswagen Vento
VariantPrice VariantsPrice 
ActiveRs. 8.35 lakhTrendlineRs. 8.16 lakhs
Ambition ManualRs. 9.27 lakhComfortlineRs. 9.14 lakhs
Ambition AutomaticRs. 10.39 lakhHighlineRs. 10.00 lakhs
Style ManualRs. 10.44 lakhComfortline ATRs. 10.38 lakhs
Style AutomaticRs. 11.46 lakhHighline ATRs. 11.30 lakh

Diesel

New 2016 Skoda RapidVolkswagen Vento
VariantPriceVariantsPrice
ActiveRs. 9.57 lakhTrendlineRs. 9.46 lakhs
Ambition ManualRs. 10.49 lakhComfortlineRs. 10.39 lakhs
Ambition AutomaticRs. 11.71 lakhHighlineRs. 11.36 lakhs
Style ManualRs. 11.67 lakhComfortline ATRs. 11.67 lakhs
Style AutomaticRs. 12.79 lakhsHighline ATRs. 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 RapidVolkswagen Vento
Length x Width x Height4413 x 1699 x 1466 mm4390 x 1699 x 1467 mm
Ground Clearance163 mm163 mm
Kerb Weight1182-1228 KGs1211-1233 kg
Wheel Type and Size15-inch alloys15-inch alloys
Boot Space460 L494 L
Engine Type/ Displacement1.5 L Diesel1.5 L Diesel
Power108 bhp103 bhp
Torque250 Nm250 Nm
Transmission (Gearbox)5-speed manual/7-speed Automatic5-speed Manual/7-speed Automatic
Mileage21.13 KMPL (MT)/21.72 KMPL (AT)20.64 KMPL (MT)/21.5 KMPL (AT)

Petrol

 2016 Skoda RapidVolkswagen Vento
Length x Width x Height4413 x 1699 x 1466 mm4390 x 1699 x 1467 mm
Ground Clearance163 mm163 mm
Kerb Weight1111-1187 kgs1140-1174 kg
Wheel Type and Size15-inch alloys15-inch alloys
Boot Space460 L494 L
Engine Type/ Displacement1.6 L Petrol1.6 L Petrol/1.2 L Turbo Petrol
Power104 bhp103 bhp/103 bhp
Torque153 Nm153 Nm/175 Nm
Transmission (Gearbox)5-speed manual/6-speed Automatic6-speed Manual/7-speed DSG Automatic
Mileage15.41 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

 PetrolDiesel
New Skoda Rapid (estimated)15.41 KMPL (MT)/14.84 KMPL (AT)21.13 KMPL (MT)/21.72 KMPL (AT)
Volkswagen Vento16.09 KMPL (MT)/18.19 KMPL (AT)20.64 KMPL (MT)/21.5 KMPL (AT)

New 2016 Skoda Rapid vs Volkswagen Vento – Dimensions

 Skoda RapidVolkswagen Vento
Length4413 mm4390 mm
Width1699 mm1699 mm
Height1466 mm1467 mm
Wheelbase2552 mm2553 mm
Fuel Tank55 litres55 litres
Boot Space460 litres494 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 RapidVolkswagen Vento
Air Conditioner TypeAutomatic Climate ControlAutomatic Climate Control
Power WindowsYes (4)Yes (4)
Central LockingYesYes
Steering Audio ControlsYesYes
Audio SystemTouchscreenTouchscreen
Airbags22
ABSYesYes

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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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