Skoda Rapid failed to live up to the expectation but a solid performer
|   Wednesday, December 26, 2012
In the 1980s, one of the major cars that were built by Skoda was the Rapid. The car was built more like the Porsche 911 because the highlighting feature of the car was its engine, and it was the engine where shopping usually goes.

Though in comparison to speed the car was no match for Porsche, and neither the handling was as good as that of the Porsche, certainly it was not well built or anything like as preferable.

But in a humorous sort of manner it had a feeling like that of a 911 to drive as one could sense the weight at the back end and, similar to the 911, the car used to have a firm grip at the rear wheels.
This is one of the reasons which made this car a very popular one in case of rallying like the Porsche.
According to Dawson, a big rally fan," in the 1980s the brand Skoda was very often heard on the comedy shows, but it was not a fair deal to do so as because they were not any less dependable than the other contemporary cars at the time."

But the name Rapid is back, and like the previous years now it is not friendly to a car that is tenuously rapid. Infect it had been a work of bit head scratching to make out precisely what it is all about.
From the view it looks like a saloon with a four door and with a boot. Also it is a hatchback. In comparison to Fabia it is bigger but it is smaller in size in comparison to the Octavia.

Interestingly, a much longer, taller and wider than the existing model of the Octavia is on the way to launch.
The fact which makes a good sense is the decision of the Skoda management to shift Octavia up in the territory of the Mondeo and in order to fill the gap created by this transfer, bring in the Rapid at its place.
In case if anyone is a petrolhead who has a fascination for the interesting cars along with design flair within it then the Rapid would definitely bore them with tears.

The current Skoda is monotonous to look at if anyone is interested in practicality and good value.
But certainly, there is nothing quirky and interesting like the Yeti.
All the shortcomings are taken due care of in the diesel Rapid, it have the place to fit in four large adults easily into it. The rear hatch is wide and nice and certainly there would no woes with easy loading of stuffs and the boot is a liberal 550 liter.

Skoda quotes in an authorized collective consumption of 64.2mpg. For driving within and around the town and for short journeys, the petrol car should be avoided because the diesel engines are sensitive to congesting DPF filters and the cost of fix is expensive.
In this case Skoda has definitely wasted the name Rapid.
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