Skoda Rapid – Old vs New

The Skoda Rapid just got its first major overhaul since its launch in India. Based on the Volkswagen Vento, the Rapid has sold well in the past. But has been fast losing out to newer rivals. The new facelift should help the Skoda Rapid regain some lost ground. In this post, we will compare the new Skoda Rapid with the old model that was on sale in India. Read our Skoda Rapid old vs new comparison to find out what’s new.


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Skoda Rapid Old vs New Model- Exterior Comparison

Designers have made major modifications to the nose of the car. The facelift borrows heavily from the European Rapid and the current generation Fabia hatchback. The outgoing car’s nose was identical to the previous gen Fabia’s. The upcoming facelift features a more angular look. Headlamps get projector units and LED daytime running lamps. The grille and the hood are in line with Skoda’s current design language as seen on the Octavia, Yeti and Superb. There is also a new alloy wheel design on offer.

Skoda Rapid Old vs New Model Price, Specifications, Feature Comparison skoda-rapid-old-vs-new

At the back, the changes are less noticeable. Much of the tail remains unchanged. However, there is a slightly reprofiled bumper and the tail lamp design. Skoda has added chrome bits all around the car. There is also a subtle boot lip spoiler that lends it a sporty touch.

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Skoda Rapid Old vs New Model- Interior Comparison

The interiors of the new Rapid do not feature any significant updates. The dashboard design, steering wheel, etc. all have been carried over from the outgoing Rapid. There are new additions in terms of features including a touchscreen AVN. the shade of the upholstery is now slightly darker. The interiors of the Rapid, like the tail, are identical to the Volkswagen Vento. The steering wheel, however, is a conventional circular shape. Unlike the Vento’s flat bottomed unit. In the new Rapid, the top of the dashboard is darker and not brown like the old model’s.

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Skoda Rapid Old vs New Model- Specifications

New Skoda Rapid Petrol Specifications
Engine1.6-litre Petrol
Max. Power104 bhp
Peak Torque153 Nm
Transmission5-Speed Manual/6-speed AT
Kerb Weight1111-1187 kgs
Fuel Mileage15.41 KMPL (MT)

14.84 KMPL (AT)

Skoda has carried over the outgoing model’s engine lineup. The new Rapid gets the same 1.6 L petrol engine with both automatic and manual transmission options. Although there were reports suggesting the automatic petrol variants of the Rapid facelift will receive the Vento’s 1.2 L turbo petrol and 7-speed DSG combo, that has not been the case. As for the Skoda Rapid diesel variants, they receive the updated version of the 1.5 L TDI Diesel. That means power increases to 108 bhp. Torque figures remain the same at 250 Nm.

New Skoda Rapid Diesel Specifications
Engine1.5-litre Diesel
Max. Power108 bhp
Peak Torque250 Nm
Transmission5-Speed Manual/7-speed Automatic
Kerb Weight1182-1228 KGs
Fuel Mileage21.13 KMPL (MT)

21.72 KMPL (AT)

Skoda Rapid Old vs New Model- Mileage Comparison

New Model (ARAI Certified)Old Model (ARAI Certified)
Skoda Rapid Petrol Mileage14.84 KMPL (AT)

15.41 KMPL (MT)

14.3 KMPL (AT)

15 KMPL (MT)

Skoda Rapid Diesel Mileage21.72 KMPL (AT)

21.13 KMPL (MT)

21.66 KMPL (AT)

21.14 KMPL (MT)

Since the engine and transmission options remain the same, the mileage figures witness a very slight increase.

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Skoda Rapid Old vs New Model- Dimensions

 New Skoda RapidOld Skoda Rapid
Length4413 mm4386 mm
Width1699 mm1699 mm
Height1466 mm1466 mm
Wheelbase2552 mm2552 mm

Since the Rapid gets a new nose with a new bumper, there is a slight change in the overall length. Aside from that, other dimensions remain the same. The Skoda Rapid gets a 460 L boot and 55 L fuel tank.

Skoda Rapid Old vs New Model Comparison Verdict

Skoda launched the new Rapid facelift in India on November 3. Its introduction should help Skoda regain lost market share. Also, Skoda India has charted out a path for the future and the launch of the new Rapid is a vital part of that.

  • Design – The new model looks more modern. It is in line with Skoda’s latest design language.
  • Features – There are a handful of new additions to the features list including a new touchscreen AVN.
  • Specifications – The Skoda Rapid facelift continues with the current set of 1.5 L Diesel and 1.6 L Petrol engines. However, the diesel is the updated 1.5 L unit
  • Price – A small hike in prices was inevitable. However, the new Skoda Rapid price is still very competitive.


New Skoda Rapid Price List

New Rapid (Ex-showroom Maharashtra)ActiveAmbitionStyle
1.6 MPI MT8,34,9069,26,72810,44,163
1.6 MPI AT10,38,84111,46,187
1.5 TDI MT9,57,33510,49,15711,66,590
1.5 TDI AT11,71,47112,78,590


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