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2020 Skoda Rapid TSI review, test drive

What is it?

The 2020 BS6 Skoda Fast, facelifts notwithstanding, is fundamentally unchanged considering that its start way back again in 2011. Even so, though the new vehicle will get no exterior or interior modifications to converse of, there is a large transformation beneath the bonnet. Out goes the ageing 1.6-litre the natural way aspirated petrol, and in comes a modern day 999cc, 3-cylinder TSI motor. This compact and mild, direct-injection turbo-petrol belongs to the EA211 engine family members of the VW Group and will electrical power foreseeable future Skoda and VW compact automobiles. With the 1.five TDI diesel now discontinued, there is a large amount riding on the 1. TSI – the sole engine powering the Fast selection.

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New force-fed 1.-litre engine is a lot more powerful than the outgoing 1.6-litre petrol.


This engine, shared with the Polo and Vento TSI from sister (and rival) brand name VW, has an amazing spec sheet. It makes a strong 110hp and 175Nm of torque, which is a 5hp and 22Nm bump up over the preceding 1.6-litre. A new 6-speed handbook replaces the previous five-speed unit but people on the lookout for an automated variant will have to wait around right until September for the new 6-speed torque converter vehicle.

The 1. TSI Fast appeals to the pocket as effectively, with significantly improved fuel performance than the discontinued 1.6 motor. The official check figure of eighteen.97kpl will make it a lot more effective by a significant three.56kpl. But the large shocker is the value – the base Rider variant begins at just Rs. Rs 7.49 lakh, which drops it smack in top quality hatchback territory, that means it’s more affordable than even the VW Polo 1. TSI run by the exact engine.

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New 6-speed handbook has a mild and quick toss.


What is it like to travel?

The new 1. TSI is practically 600cc down on the Rapid’s preceding 1.6-litre engine, showing to be at a sizeable drawback. This, even so, is just not the case. To dispel this myth, just appear at the overall performance figures. A scant -100kph time of 10.09sec will make it a single of the quickest automobiles in its class, and it’s a comprehensive 2nd speedier than the earlier 1.6 Fast. Press on to 140kph and the hole raises by over 3sec. But to be trustworthy, the outdated EA111 1.6-litre, 4-valve-per-cylinder, twin-cam engine was under no circumstances the last phrase in overall performance, so to get a proper perspective, it will make a lot more perception to stack the Rapid’s figures in opposition to the phase benchmark, the Honda City.

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The Fast TSI is a single of the fastest midsize sedans.


In the dash to 100kph, the Fast pips the City (10.13sec) and widens the hole a little bit to 140kph (19.6sec vs 19.93sec), but, for all sensible functions, they are evenly matched in a straight drag. These figures, even so, are now tutorial as the next-gen City, owing next thirty day period, will get a marginally a lot more powerful 1.five petrol engine and a 6-speed gearbox.

What’s very clear is that the Fast, which goes on to hit a top speed of 195kph is… effectively, extremely Fast. So if you want raw acceleration and speed in a midsize sedan, this most current a single will not disappoint you.

2020 Fast 1. TSI overall performance figures (as tested)
-10kph .56s
-20kph 1.19s
-30kph 1.78s
-40kph 2.40s
-50kph three.39s
-60kph four.36s
-70kph five.43s
-80kph 6.62s
-90kph eight.00s
-100kph 10.09s
-110kph eleven.96s
-120kph fourteen.00s
-130kph sixteen.53s
-140kph 19.60s
20-80kph (in 3rd equipment) eleven.69s
40-100kph (in fourth equipment) fourteen.38s
80-0kph 29.05m, 2.72s

Even a lot more amazing is the strong mid-selection overall performance. With the turbo properly spooled up, it only runs away from the Honda City and every other midsize sedan  in our in-equipment acceleration exams. In the 40-100kph slog in 4th equipment, the Fast is virtually 3sec more quickly than the Honda!

These figures mirror the simplicity with which the Skoda Fast builds up speed. The key is the broad distribute of torque and effectively-judged equipment ratios they function effectively collectively to extract the most from this compact, big-slaying engine. From just beneath three,000rpm, this engine pulls difficult and strong with no permit up right until the 6,700rpm redline. In reality, it’s an engine that loves to be revved and it’s all way too straightforward to hit the rev limiter. In reality, the a lot more you rev it, the smoother it will get, and that attribute 3-cylinder thrum is the only giveaway that it has a single cylinder significantly less. This superbly balanced engine is mostly vibration-cost-free and it’s only at idle you feel it carefully rocking on its mounts.

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Good entire body management and high-speed manners have been hallmarks of the Fast.


If there is a weak spot with this engine, it’s at lower speeds. Mash the throttle beneath 2,500rpm when the turbocharger is off increase, and you’ll get a tepid response which explains  why the aphorism ‘there’s no alternative displacement’ is so overused.

On element-throttle, this 1. is fairly responsive, but it’s when you want a burst of acceleration in gradual-moving targeted visitors that you’ll obtain by yourself fumbling for a lower equipment. In reality, you are inclined to shift in between 3rd and 2nd gears a lot more routinely in city targeted visitors to hold the engine in the thick of the powerband. The excellent matter is that the new 6-speed handbook transmission has a mild and quick toss but it does feel a contact notchy when you go the stubby lever across the gate.

The 2020 Fast will get no mechanical modifications other than the TSI engine, so the suspension is the exact as ahead of, which, in reality, complements the excess electrical power. The damping is a contact on the stiff side, so large bumps make their presence felt with a thunk. General, even though, the ride excellent is extremely absorbent. On an really undulating highway, the Fast pitches a little bit but with this lighter engine, it does not feel as nose-weighty as ahead of. In reality, tight entire body management and self esteem-inspiring high-speed manners have been hallmarks of the Fast, and now combined with a punchy engine and taller gearing, it’s an even a lot more helpful freeway cruiser. The steering isn’t bristling with feel or is just not specifically responsive but it’s precise and has a reassuring amount of heft that presents you the self esteem to relish a winding highway.

What is it like inside?

The cabin is unchanged as effectively, and though you do respect the strong construct, the difficult-donning excellent of plastics, the spot-on ergonomics and the fuss-cost-free style and design, there is no question that interiors appear dated. With this top-spec (and extremely posh-sounding) Monte Carlo trim, Skoda has tried out to invigorate the cabin utilizing some racy bits. The flat-bottomed steering with a chunky, perforated grip and red stitching appears to be and feels excellent, but the jazzy seat trim with red accents and ‘Monte Carlo’ embossed on the headrests appears to be significantly less convincing.

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The interiors do appear dated, even though you will find a large amount to like in the ergonomics and fuss-cost-free style and design.


The seats are extremely supportive and cozy as always. Legroom at the rear is excellent even though not as generous as in the Ciaz and City but the spot-on cushioning, the high seating position and excellent underthigh guidance a lot more than will make up for that. There are loads of useable storage bins scattered during the cabin, and welcome additions to the Fast selection are mildly tinted windows and rear window shades.

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Rapid’s seats are comfortbale and supportive.


Having centre phase (actually) is Skoda’s eight.-inch Android-primarily based infotainment method that’s squeezed into the centre console as a retrofit. The high-res display screen is sharp, straightforward to go through and does not choose up reflections but it’s not extremely intuitive to use. There is no Android Car or Apple CarPlay customers do get phone display screen mirroring through a 3rd occasion ‘EasyConnection’ application but the expertise isn’t specifically seamless. The solitary USB port, positioned inconveniently in the glovebox, feels like an afterthought. 

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Legroom at the rear is excellent even though not as generous as in the Ciaz and City.


Top-spec Fast Monte Carlo variants get vehicle headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, tilt-telescopic steering, rear ac vents, vehicle-dimming inside mirror, rear-perspective camera and local climate management as noteworthy attributes. The a lot more-inexpensive Style variant will get side airbags, which the Monte-Carlo misses.

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New eight.-inch touschscreen infotainment system is sharp, straightforward to go through and does not choose up reflections but it’s not extremely intuitive.


Attributes like LED headlamps, cooled seats, sunroof, engine start out-cease button, 6 airbags, ESP and tyre tension watch, all of which opponents present, are not an alternative on any Fast variant.

Really should I invest in a single?

The Fast was last supplied a facelift in 2016 but its clean up and sharp style and design has aged instead gracefully. It now will get a fresh new lease of existence with the powerful 1. TSI which complements the brilliant chassis and dramatically lifts the car’s attraction. It’s a excellent city vehicle, a terrific freeway cruiser and fairly effective way too.

The top-spec Monte Carlo version is fairly equipped for the value (Rs. eleven.79 lakh) but the Rider variant that has grabbed a great deal of attention with its Rs 7.49 lakh value tag, has no touchscreen or alloy wheels. Even so, for people ready to store about for these as aftermarket package, this variant is a genuine deal.

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The Fast has aged gracefully considering that its last facelift in 2016.


The Skoda Fast does not have the most current gizmos or the electronic tech offered by rivals, and it feels a contact analogue in comparison but therein lies its allure. Number of automobiles combine excellent construct excellent, excellent dynamics and practicality like the Fast. It’s an previous-university vehicle that continue to will get its fundamentals ideal. If you love to travel and will need a risk-free and strong midsize sedan that will not crack the financial institution, the 2020 Skoda Fast 1. TSI is the a single for you.

Also see:

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Skoda Rapid vs rivals: Rate, specs comparison

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