The most affordable C-segment sedan in the Indian market is the Skoda Rapid. Hence, recently the Czech carmaker Skoda re-introduced the Rider variant of the Rapid again. Most importantly, now you have to pay ₹30,000 more for this variant than before.
If you may not know, due to the high demand the base Rider variant of the popular Skoda Rapid was un-listed from the carmaker’s catalogue. It can be said that there were two main reasons for pulling this shot.
- To begin with, Skoda decided to ditch the base variant to make way for the Rider Plus Variant which is about 40,000 more than the base variant.
- Also, the Skoda Rapid with it’s Rider variant was more or less sold out for 2020, tweeted brand director, Zac Hollis.
Skoda Rapid Rider Variant | Spreadsheet
Diving a little deep, the Rider variant of this sedan is super value for money. The car comes equipped with features even some hatchback are deprived of in their base variants. *Cough*i20*Cough*
This is what the Rapid Rider offers,
- All 4 power windows
- Automatic Climate Control
- Rear AC vents
- 2-Din Stereo with Bluetooth connectivity
- Tilt and telescopic adjustment for the steering wheel
- Electronic ORVMs
Additionally, the sedan also offers armrests for the front as well as rear passengers. Also, this Skoda is safe. It brags of dual front airbags, ABS, EBD and rear parking sensors as standard.
The Power House
Under the hood, the Skoda Rapid gets a 1.0-litre TSI engine that also powers a couple of Volkswagen cars. This engine is healthy enough to propel this vehicle from 0-100 is under 10 seconds (That’s Fast).
- This turbo petrol engine generates 110ps of max power and produces a 175Nm of ultimate torque.
- The power is a transmitted to the front wheels via either a 6-speed MT or a torque converter automatic transmission.
Are There Any Rivals?
Keeping the price into consideration, there is no car like the Skoda Rapid Rider variant. But still, in its segment, this vehicle rivals Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Volkswagen Vento, Honda City, and Hyundai Verna.
Interesting Fact: Rider variant undercuts the base Sigma variant of the Ciaz (₹8.32 Lakhs ex-showroom) which is 53,000 more than the Rider variant. This variant you can buy at ₹7.79 lakhs (ex-showroom) and offers a lot more creature comforts and performance than of the Maruti.