India has seen the popularity of sedans growing faster than ever, and especially the mid-size luxury sedans. Seeking to grab the best of sedan segment, Skoda India has launched the Rapid with an automatic transmission. So does the Skoda Rapid TSI AT have what it takes to rival the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz? So, without wasting any more time, let’s take a look at what both the sedans have to offer with the automatic transmission. Note that we will only be comparing the automatic versions. On the manual front, Skoda Rapid offers a 6-speed MT.

What’s under the hood?

Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Engine Comparison
Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Engine Comparison

Engine Comparison

Skoda Rapid Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
Engine 1.0-litre TSI K15B Smart Hybrid
Capacity 999cc 1,462
Power@rpm 110ps@5,000-5,500 103ps@6,000
Torque@rpm 175Nm@1,750-4,000 138Nm@4,400
Transmission 6-speed AT (Torque converter) 4-speed AT (Torque Converter)
Fuel Efficiency (kmpl) 16.24 20.04
  • The Rapid for sure is powerful and delivers much more torque when compared to the Ciaz.
  • In the automatic front, Rapid offers a 6-speed AT while the Ciaz offers a 4-speed one. Rapid thus offers better transmission too.
  • Fuel efficiency is where Ciaz shows that it is a true Maruti. It offers 4kms more on the same amount of fuel when compared to the Skoda Rapid.

Which of the two sedans has more space to offer?

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Dimensions
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Dimensions

Dimensions Comparison

Skoda Rapid Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
Length (mm) 4,413 4,490
Width (mm) 1,699 1,730
Height (mm) 1,466 1,485
Wheelbase (mm) 2,552 2,650
Boot space (litres) 460 510
  • Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is bigger, taller and wider than the Rapid.
  • It has more legroom to offer, thanks to an extra wheelbase.
  • The Ciaz offers bigger boot space too.

Skoda Rapid vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz | Which sedan offers better comfort and convenience?

Comfort and Convenience Features

Skoda Rapid Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
Height adjustable driver seat
Tilt and telescopic steering Tilt only
Infotainment System 8-inch Skoda Infotainment 7-inch Suzuki SmartPlay
Speakers 4 4
Automatic Climate Control
Cruise Control
Automatic front wipers
Rear AC Vents
Steering Mounted Controls
Flat bottom steering
  • Skoda Rapid being from a brand known for luxury surely has an upper hand in terms of comfort and convenience features.
  • Rapid also offers flat-bottom steering in higher variants whereas Ciaz has no such option.
  • Skoda Rapid also has a bigger infotainment touchscreen. Navigation and call controls are offered with both cars.
  • Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is for sure a premium sedan, being from the NEXA channel of Maruti Suzuki.

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Which of the two sedans is safer? 

Safety Features Comparison

Skoda Rapid Maruti Suzuki Ciaz
Airbags 4 2
ABS with EBD
Rear Windscreen defogger
Reverse Parking Sensor
Reverse Parking Camera
Speed Alert Alarm
*Features Across Variants*
  • Maruti Suzuki Ciaz has scored a 4-star rating at the ASEAN NCAP. This makes one of the few safest Maruti cars out there.
  • Ciaz and Rapid offer optimum safety but Ciaz has got ESP at the offer which Rapid does miss on.

Price Comparison | Skoda Rapid Vs Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

Variant-Wise Price Comparison

Model Variant Price (Ex-Showroom Delhi)
Skoda Rapid Rider Plus AT ₹ 9,49,000
Ambition AT ₹ 11,29,000
Onyx AT ₹ 11,49,000
Style AT ₹ 12,99,000
Monte Carlo AT ₹ 13,29,000
Maruti Suzuki Ciaz Delta Automatic ₹ 9,97,689
Zeta Automatic ₹ 10,80,974
Alpha Automatic ₹ 11,09,974

The Rapid costs less than the Ciaz and offers the same or maybe more at that price. So, let’s jot down in shorts:

  • Skoda Rapid has got more performance to offer.
  • Maruti Suzuki Ciaz is more spacious.
  • Skoda Rapid is more feature-loaded.
  • Skoda Rapid has a lower asking price for the lowest variant offering automatic transmission.

So what would be your choice? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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