Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

The Skoda Rapid liftback is consistently in the top 10 sales of foreign cars in Russia, but at the same time, the new generation is still far behind its direct competitors Kia Rio (first place in 2020) and Hyundai Solaris. The new car from Skoda has become more interesting in terms of equipment, but, unfortunately, it still remains quite budgetary in many respects.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

The appearance of the new Skoda Rapid is in many ways similar to the previous model, but thanks to the new elongated LED headlights and the same rear optics (LED taillights are included in the base), the car began to look fresher and even more mature. But not all angles for the liftback are successful, from some of them you can see this “youthful stoop” inherent in the compact class of cars. On the other hand, it was difficult for the Rapid developers to make the appearance of the liftback more harmonious, since the dimensions impose their own limitations. In general, I like the Skoda Rapid, it looks especially good in the Style and Black Edition Sport design lines - with black wheels, mirror caps and a roof. For my taste, only a small black spoiler on the trunk looks superfluous, but this is not for everybody.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

The new interior of Skoda Rapid, I'm not afraid of this word, looks chic and modern for this class. 10 years ago, and even less, no one would have thought that the interior of budget cars could be so beautiful. Somehow everyone got used to the simple filling in such machines. But if you visually enjoy being inside the Rapid, then starting to feel the surfaces, you immediately understand that the materials are quite budgetary. Rigid plastic surrounds us absolutely everywhere, although in terms of texture you can’t always say that about it. The front panel, door trim, all handles and decorative inserts - everything is made of oak plastic, the only exception is made for the armrests in the doors, they are soft. On the other hand, earlier in the interior of such cars, both visually and tactilely, everything looked cheap, but now it is at least pleasing to the eye, and I wouldn’t say to the touch that it’s horror-horror, just inexpensive.

Behind the wheel of the new Rapid with a height of 187 cm, I could not find a comfortable fit for myself. Yes, the "sports" seats look nice, have good lateral support, but a very short pillow, and there is also no lumbar https://cars45.com/listing/mercedes-benz/a-class/2003 You sit back a little, and you have to reach for the steering wheel, you literally lift the backrest by one click and you are already sitting somehow quite upright. I didn’t really like the 200 km rally without stopping in Rapid, my back was numb, the fifth point was petrified, and I really wanted to get out of the car as soon as possible and warm up. But in the city, at short and medium distances, you don’t get tired behind the wheel. In terms of visibility, there are no special questions for Rapid, with the exception of only small side mirrors, in addition to which I would like to see a blind spot monitoring system, but it is not yet available for this class.

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I sit down behind myself, not to say freely, but there is a small margin both in front of my knees and above my head, however, boarding and disembarking are not the most convenient. He put the child behind the front passenger, moving the seat of the latter quite a bit forward, so that there was more space in the back, while the front seat could be accommodated comfortably. Separately, I will complain about the placement of Isofix mounts in the new Rapid, I have not yet seen a more mocking scheme. Child seat anchors are traditionally located along the edges of the rear sofa, but here they are not hidden between the pillows, but are located in tiny slots in the upholstery. These slots are made exactly to the size of the chair attachment, and the earhooks are not immediately behind them, but in depth. That is, you first need to miraculously thread the Isofix mounts into these small holes, and then also try to blindly catch the earhooks there. I killed probably 20 minutes to install the chair, cursing the company's engineers along the way. After such an experiment, even placing Isofix between the pillows looks like something more comfortable to me.

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Despite the fact that four adults can easily fit in the Skoda Rapid, the liftback also has a fairly roomy trunk with a volume of 530 liters. And by folding the backs of the rear sofa separately from the passenger compartment, which, however, form a slide, we get 1460 liters. And in the underground there is also a niche for any small things, there is also a 15-inch spare wheel. Of course, while the system of automatic opening of the luggage compartment is not available for such a car, everything has to be done with handles, but you can open it a little with the key.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

The media system in the test car was a Bolero with an 8-inch touch screen, while the base one comes with a Swing 6.5". and the speed of work is quite acceptable, I didn’t notice any special brakes during the test.The media system supports the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay platforms (only by wire), so the issue with navigation can be immediately closed, if I’m not mistaken, even for a surcharge, Rapid does not have a standard navigation system Bolero also allows you to watch on-board computer data, of course, play music from external sources, picking up album covers, and radio, loading beautiful icons of radio stations. handles.

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To connect devices, the new Rapid has two Type-C connectors in the front of the cabin, two more, only for recharging devices, are available for rear passengers. Modern gadgets are charged from the car's on-board network quite quickly, and it's nice that Skoda has supplied modern and already quite up-to-date USB connectors. Of the minuses, I note that the niche at the bottom of the front panel is very small and a large smartphone cannot be placed there, and even the Apple iPhone 12 mini fit there with a creak.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

Connecting smartphones to the car via Bluetooth does not cause problems, recent calls and contacts are pulled up correctly, and the connection always remains stable. The speakerphone in Rapid also works flawlessly, even on the highway, when the cabin is quite noisy, the interlocutor hears you well.

The dashboard in our Rapid was classic, they say that in the future it will be possible to install a virtual dashboard as an option. The instrument markings are small but easy to read, plus the speedometer data can be displayed on the Maxi Dot monochrome screen, which is located in the center. Despite the fact that this display on the dashboard is not color, it can display not only information on the on-board computer, but also data on calls and media. That is, you can work with basic information without being distracted by the central screen. All navigation through the menu screen of the instrument panel is carried out using convenient buttons and rollers on the steering wheel. The steering wheel in our case was a sports one - this is a separate option - cut off from below and with convenient controls on it. There are small buttons that are tightly spaced, but have spacers so you don't accidentally press the wrong key. As well as two comfortable plastic rollers with a metallized coating and special notches for comfortable work with them.

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There are not as many electronic driver assistants in the Skoda Rapid as we would like, but still there is something. So, the car has a rear-view camera, as well as front and rear parking sensors. While the camera is active, visual cues from parking sensors are displayed on the dashboard display, but they can also be displayed on the central screen, however, then the picture from the camera disappears. The image from the camera is of good quality, during the day it gives a good overview, but at night it is already more difficult to navigate through it. There is a conventional cruise control, the controls of which have moved from a separate lever under the steering wheel to the left lever responsible for the light.A small switch on top of the lever allows you to turn on and off the cruise control, and a rocker button on the end is responsible for adjusting the speed. Also, for the first time in the class, if I'm not mistaken, Rapid is equipped with Front Assist distance control and auto-braking. The radar of this system is clearly visible, as it is located in the lower part of the front bumper. In addition, our equipment was equipped with an automatic high beam control system in addition to the standard light and rain sensors, which work correctly in almost any situation.

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In terms of comfort options for the driver and passengers, Rapid has two-level heating for all seats, which works quickly and evenly warms up both the backrest and the pillow. There is also a three-level heated steering wheel with a button on the steering wheel itself. But it warms up the entire surface of the “steering wheel” for a long time, and it doesn’t “fry” so much at the maximum, so it’s not clear why there are three levels. There is also a heated windshield, but to be honest, I didn’t have a reason to turn it on, so I can’t say anything about its operation. At least the heating coils are not very conspicuous and are mostly visible only in bright sunlight.

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The climate control in the car is single-zone with comfortable adjustment knobs and small keys. The air conditioning system works in automatic mode without any complaints, however, in frost it takes a lot of time to warm up the interior to the set temperature. For some unknown reason, the keys of the climate control unit have a green backlight, while a separate display on it is backlit with white, like other interior elements that also have a white backlight.

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Four automatic windows come without closers, which looks strange to me, since the option is cheap. The narrow central armrest is traditionally tiltable for Skoda, and there is even a small niche inside it. It’s a strange thing with cup holders in the “Rapid”, in the front of the cabin there seem to be two of them, but one is very tiny, for a narrow 0.33 jar, and the second is larger, but still not all glasses fit into it. There is a standard-sized cup holder for the rear passengers, but its depth is small, so that high containers can inadvertently fly out of it.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

In terms of comfort level, Skoda Rapid immediately gives out belonging to the budget segment, even its doors are light, and if you don’t slam them properly, they simply won’t close. Noise isolation is quite normal in the city, but you go out onto the highway, and then a whole orchestra of aerodynamic noise, noise from the wheel arches and the roar of the engine immediately appears. To talk to passengers at speed, you have to raise your voice. The suspension copes well with large irregularities, but at the same time it collects all the little things from the roadway, and you feel any pothole well with your fifth point.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

In Russia, Skoda Rapid is presented with front-wheel drive, with a 1.6-liter gasoline naturally aspirated engine with a capacity of 90 or 110 hp, which comes in conjunction with a five-speed manual or a six-speed classic automatic (only for the 110 hp version). Also presented is a car with a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with a capacity of 125 hp, it comes only with a seven-speed DSG robot. I had a choice between the 1.6 version with an automatic or modification with a robot, since the first one is more popular, I chose it, and it was a mistake. Yes, 110 HP- this is not much, but the most unpleasant thing is the work of an automatic transmission, which in most cases lives its own life. For example, you want to accelerate and push the gas, but the machine simply does not react to this and keeps upshifting, only reluctantly lowering it after a while. Or sometimes an automatic transmission out of the blue, on the contrary, keeps a lower gear, although there is no need for this. Moreover, such cases are not isolated, they occur regularly, and it is absolutely incomprehensible what this behavior of the box depends on. That is, here you are driving, and everything is fine, and then bam, and she starts to act weird. There is, of course, a sport mode, with which the box will keep the lower gear to the maximum, but driving it all the time is not very pleasant.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

In general, the version with the 1.6 engine and automatic transmission is a little tight, you constantly need to adjust the car, intensively dosing the accelerator, this is necessary even in a uniform and leisurely driving mode. The handling of such a "rapid" in the city is quite normal, a little clamped, but not critical. But on the highway, the car behaves twitchy, constantly requires adjustments to the trajectory, so even with cruise control you won’t relax much.

In my opinion, the version with the 1.4 engine and DSG should be more interesting, but, unfortunately, I could not agree on a test of this option within the same material.

In terms of cross-country ability, the liftback is certainly not a crossover, but the ground clearance of 152 mm allows you not to be particularly afraid of snow drifts, and you can move out onto the primer without fear. I got about 10 liters per 100 km of fuel in mixed mode and about 8 liters on the highway, not to say that much, but it differs significantly from the 6 / 4.8 liters declared by the manufacturer for these modes.

Prices for the new Skoda Rapid start at 892,000 rubles for the most empty configuration with a 90-horsepower engine and mechanics. The medium-equipped version with a machine gun already exceeds the psychological barrier of 1 million rubles and costs 1,103,000 rubles. And the equipment as we have on the test with additional options will cost more than 1.3 million rubles. Despite the increased prices, Skoda Rapid still stands at the level of competitors, and even though its cost exceeds 1 million, it is one of the most affordable foreign cars in Russia today.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

The Skoda Rapid liftback is consistently in the top 10 sales of foreign cars in Russia, but at the same time, the new generation is still far behind its direct competitors Kia Rio (first place in 2020) and Hyundai Solaris. The new car from Skoda has become more interesting in terms of equipment, but, unfortunately, it still remains quite budgetary in many respects.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

The appearance of the new Skoda Rapid is in many ways similar to the previous model, but thanks to the new elongated LED headlights and the same rear optics (LED taillights are included in the base), the car began to look fresher and even more mature. But not all angles for the liftback are successful, from some of them you can see this “youthful stoop” inherent in the compact class of cars. On the other hand, it was difficult for the Rapid developers to make the appearance of the liftback more harmonious, since the dimensions impose their own limitations. In general, I like the Skoda Rapid, it looks especially good in the Style and Black Edition Sport design lines - with black wheels, mirror caps and a roof. For my taste, only a small black spoiler on the trunk looks superfluous, but this is not for everybody.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

The new interior of Skoda Rapid, I'm not afraid of this word, looks chic and modern for this class. 10 years ago, and even less, no one would have thought that the interior of budget cars could be so beautiful. Somehow everyone got used to the simple filling in such machines. But if you visually enjoy being inside the Rapid, then starting to feel the surfaces, you immediately understand that the materials are quite budgetary. Rigid plastic surrounds us absolutely everywhere, although in terms of texture you can’t always say that about it. The front panel, door trim, all handles and decorative inserts - everything is made of oak plastic, the only exception is made for the armrests in the doors, they are soft. On the other hand, earlier in the interior of such cars, both visually and tactilely, everything looked cheap, but now it is at least pleasing to the eye, and I wouldn’t say to the touch that it’s horror-horror, just inexpensive.

Behind the wheel of the new Rapid with a height of 187 cm, I could not find a comfortable fit for myself. Yes, the "sports" seats look nice, have good lateral support, but a very short pillow, and there is also no lumbar https://cars45.com/listing/mercedes-benz/a-class/2003 You sit back a little, and you have to reach for the steering wheel, you literally lift the backrest by one click and you are already sitting somehow quite upright. I didn’t really like the 200 km rally without stopping in Rapid, my back was numb, the fifth point was petrified, and I really wanted to get out of the car as soon as possible and warm up. But in the city for short and medium distances behind the wheel you do not get tired. In terms of visibility, there are no special questions for Rapid, with the exception of only small side mirrors, in addition to which I would like to see a blind spot monitoring system, but it is not yet available for this class.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

I sit down behind myself, not to say freely, but there is a small margin both in front of my knees and above my head, however, boarding and disembarking are not the most convenient. He put the child behind the front passenger, moving the seat of the latter quite a bit forward, so that there was more space in the back, while the front seat could be accommodated comfortably. Separately, I will complain about the placement of Isofix mounts in the new Rapid, I have not yet seen a more mocking scheme. Child seat anchors are traditionally located along the edges of the rear sofa, but here they are not hidden between the pillows, but are located in tiny slots in the upholstery. These slots are made exactly to the size of the chair attachment, and the earhooks are not immediately behind them, but in depth. That is, you first need to miraculously thread the Isofix mounts into these small holes, and then also try to blindly catch the earhooks there. I killed probably 20 minutes to install the chair, cursing the company's engineers along the way. After such an experiment, even placing Isofix between the pillows looks like something more comfortable to me.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

Despite the fact that four adults can easily fit in the Skoda Rapid, the liftback also has a fairly roomy trunk with a volume of 530 liters. And by folding the backs of the rear sofa separately from the passenger compartment, which, however, form a slide, we get 1460 liters. And in the underground there is also a niche for any small things, there is also a 15-inch spare wheel. Of course, while the system of automatic opening of the luggage compartment is not available for such a car, everything has to be done with handles, but you can open it a little with the key.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

The media system in the test car was a Bolero with an 8-inch touch screen, while the base one comes with a Swing 6.5". and the speed of work is quite acceptable, I didn’t notice any special brakes during the test.The media system supports the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay platforms (only by wire), so the issue with navigation can be immediately closed, if I’m not mistaken, even for a surcharge, Rapid does not have a standard navigation system Bolero also allows you to watch on-board computer data, of course, play music from external sources, picking up album covers, and radio, loading beautiful icons of radio stations. handles.

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To connect devices, the new Rapid has two Type-C connectors in the front of the cabin, two more, only for recharging devices, are available for rear passengers. Modern gadgets are charged from the car's on-board network quite quickly, and it's nice that Skoda has supplied modern and already quite up-to-date USB connectors. Of the minuses, I note that the niche at the bottom of the front panel is very small and a large smartphone cannot be placed there, and even the Apple iPhone 12 mini fit there with a creak.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

Connecting smartphones to the car via Bluetooth does not cause problems, recent calls and contacts are pulled up correctly, and the connection always remains stable. The speakerphone in Rapid also works flawlessly, even on the highway, when the cabin is quite noisy, the interlocutor hears you well.

The dashboard in our Rapid was classic, they say that in the future it will be possible to install a virtual dashboard as an option. The instrument markings are small but easy to read, plus the speedometer data can be displayed on the Maxi Dot monochrome screen, which is located in the center. Despite the fact that this display on the dashboard is not color, it can display not only information on the on-board computer, but also data on calls and media. That is, you can work with basic information without being distracted by the central screen. All navigation through the menu screen of the instrument panel is carried out using convenient buttons and rollers on the steering wheel. The steering wheel in our case was a sports one - this is a separate option - cut off from below and with convenient controls on it. There are small buttons that are tightly spaced, but have spacers so you don't accidentally press the wrong key. As well as two comfortable plastic rollers with a metallized coating and special notches for comfortable work with them.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

In terms of comfort options for the driver and passengers, Rapid has two-level heating for all seats, which works quickly and evenly warms up both the backrest and the pillow. There is also a three-level heated steering wheel with a button on the steering wheel itself. But it warms up the entire surface of the “steering wheel” for a long time, and it doesn’t “fry” so much at the maximum, so it’s not clear why there are three levels. There is also a heated windshield, but to be honest, I didn’t have a reason to turn it on, so I can’t say anything about its operation. At least the heating coils are not very conspicuous and are mostly visible only in bright sunlight.

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The climate control in the car is single-zone with comfortable adjustment knobs and small keys. The air conditioning system works in automatic mode without any complaints, however, in frost it takes a lot of time to warm up the interior to the set temperature. For some unknown reason, the keys of the climate control unit have a green backlight, while a separate display on it is backlit with white, like other interior elements that also have a white backlight.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

Four automatic windows come without closers, which looks strange to me, since the option is cheap. The narrow central armrest is traditionally tiltable for Skoda, and there is even a small niche inside it. It’s a strange thing with cup holders in the “Rapid”, in the front of the cabin there seem to be two of them, but one is very tiny, for a narrow 0.33 jar, and the second is larger, but still not all glasses fit into it. There is a standard-sized cup holder for the rear passengers, but its depth is small, so that high containers can inadvertently fly out of it.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

In terms of comfort level, Skoda Rapid immediately gives out belonging to the budget segment, even its doors are light, and if you don’t slam them properly, they simply won’t close. Noise isolation is quite normal in the city, but you go out onto the highway, and then a whole orchestra of aerodynamic noise, noise from the wheel arches and the roar of the engine immediately appears. To talk to passengers at speed, you have to raise your voice. The suspension copes well with large irregularities, but at the same time it collects all the little things from the roadway, and you feel any pothole well with your fifth point.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

In Russia, Skoda Rapid is presented with front-wheel drive, with a 1.6-liter gasoline naturally aspirated engine with a capacity of 90 or 110 hp, which comes in conjunction with a five-speed manual or a six-speed classic automatic (only for the 110 hp version). Also presented is a car with a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with a capacity of 125 hp, it comes only with a seven-speed DSG robot. I had a choice between the 1.6 version with an automatic or modification with a robot, since the first one is more popular, I chose it, and it was a mistake. Yes, 110 HP- this is not much, but the most unpleasant thing is the work of an automatic transmission, which in most cases lives its own life. For example, you want to accelerate and push the gas, but the machine simply does not react to this and keeps upshifting, only reluctantly lowering it after a while. Or sometimes an automatic transmission out of the blue, on the contrary, keeps a lower gear, although there is no need for this. Moreover, such cases are not isolated, they occur regularly, and it is absolutely incomprehensible what this behavior of the box depends on. That is, here you are driving, and everything is fine, and then bam, and she starts to act weird. There is, of course, a sport mode, with which the box will keep the lower gear to the maximum, but driving it all the time is not very pleasant.

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In general, the version with the 1.6 engine and automatic transmission is a little tight, you constantly need to adjust the car, intensively dosing the accelerator, this is necessary even in a uniform and leisurely driving mode. The handling of such a "rapid" in the city is quite normal, a little clamped, but not critical. But on the highway, the car behaves twitchy, constantly requires adjustments to the trajectory, so even with cruise control you won’t relax much.

In my opinion, the version with the 1.4 engine and DSG should be more interesting, but, unfortunately, I could not agree on a test of this option within the same material.

In terms of cross-country ability, the liftback is certainly not a crossover, but the ground clearance of 152 mm allows you not to be particularly afraid of snow drifts, and you can move out onto the primer without fear. I got about 10 liters per 100 km of fuel in mixed mode and about 8 liters on the highway, not to say that much, but it differs significantly from the 6 / 4.8 liters declared by the manufacturer for these modes.

Prices for the new Skoda Rapid start at 892,000 rubles for the most empty configuration with a 90-horsepower engine and mechanics. The medium-equipped version with a machine gun already exceeds the psychological barrier of 1 million rubles and costs 1,103,000 rubles. And the equipment as we have on the test with additional options will cost more than 1.3 million rubles. Despite the increased prices, Skoda Rapid still stands at the level of competitors, and even though its cost exceeds 1 million, it is one of the most affordable foreign cars in Russia today.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

The Skoda Rapid liftback is consistently in the top 10 sales of foreign cars in Russia, but at the same time, the new generation is still far behind its direct competitors Kia Rio (first place in 2020) and Hyundai Solaris. The new car from Skoda has become more interesting in terms of equipment, but, unfortunately, it still remains quite budgetary in many respects.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

The appearance of the new Skoda Rapid is in many ways similar to the previous model, but thanks to the new elongated LED headlights and the same rear optics (LED taillights are included in the base), the car began to look fresher and even more mature. But not all angles for a liftback are successful, from some of it you can see this “youthful stoop” inherent in a compact class of cars. On the other hand, it was difficult for the Rapid developers to make the appearance of the liftback more harmonious, since the dimensions impose their own limitations. In general, I like the Skoda Rapid, it looks especially good in the Style and Black Edition Sport design lines - with black wheels, mirror caps and a roof. For my taste, only a small black spoiler on the trunk looks superfluous, but this is not for everyone.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

The new interior of Skoda Rapid, I'm not afraid of this word, looks chic and modern for this class. 10 years ago, and even less, no one would have thought that the interior of budget cars could be so beautiful. Somehow everyone is already accustomed to simple filling in such machines. But if you visually enjoy being inside the Rapid, then starting to touch the surfaces, you immediately understand that the materials are quite budgetary. Rigid plastic surrounds us absolutely everywhere, although in terms of texture you can’t always say that about it. The front panel, door trim, all handles and decorative inserts - everything is made of oak plastic, the only exception is made for the armrests in the doors, they are soft. On the other hand, earlier in the interior of such cars, both visually and tactilely, everything looked cheap, but now it is at least pleasing to the eye, and I wouldn’t say to the touch that it’s horror-horror, just inexpensive.

Behind the wheel of the new Rapid with a height of 187 cm, I could not find a comfortable fit for myself. Yes, the "sports" seats look nice, have good lateral support, but a very short pillow, and there is also no lumbar https://cars45.com/listing/mercedes-benz/a-class/2003 You sit back a little, and you have to reach for the steering wheel, you literally lift the backrest by one click and you are already sitting somehow quite upright. I didn’t really like the 200 km rally without stopping in Rapid, my back was numb, the fifth point was petrified, and I really wanted to get out of the car as soon as possible and warm up. But in the city, at short and medium distances, you don’t get tired behind the wheel. In terms of visibility, there are no special questions for Rapid, with the exception of only small side mirrors, in addition to which I would like to see a blind spot monitoring system, but it is not yet available for this class.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

I sit down behind myself, not to say freely, but there is a small margin both in front of my knees and above my head, however, boarding and disembarking are not the most convenient. He put the child behind the front passenger, moving the seat of the latter quite a bit forward, so that there was more space in the back, while the front seat could be accommodated comfortably. Separately, I will complain about the placement of Isofix mounts in the new Rapid, I have not yet seen a more mocking scheme. Child seat anchors are traditionally located along the edges of the rear sofa, but here they are not hidden between the pillows, but are located in tiny slots in the upholstery. These slots are made exactly to the size of the chair attachment, and the earhooks are not immediately behind them, but in depth. That is, you first need to miraculously thread the Isofix mounts into these small holes, and then also try to blindly catch the earhooks there. I killed probably 20 minutes to install the chair, cursing the company's engineers along the way. After such an experiment, even placing Isofix between the pillows looks like something more comfortable to me.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

Despite the fact that four adults can easily fit in the Skoda Rapid, the liftback also has a fairly roomy trunk with a volume of 530 liters. And by folding the backs of the rear sofa separately from the passenger compartment, which, however, form a slide, we get 1460 liters. And in the underground there is also a niche for any small things, there is also a 15-inch spare wheel. Of course, while the system of automatic opening of the luggage compartment is not available for such a car, everything has to be done with handles, but you can open it a little with the key.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

The media system in the test car was a Bolero with an 8-inch touch screen, while the base one comes with a Swing 6.5". and the speed of work is quite acceptable, I didn’t notice any special brakes during the test.The media system supports the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay platforms (only by wire), so the issue with navigation can be immediately closed, if I’m not mistaken, even for a surcharge, Rapid does not have a standard navigation system Bolero also allows you to watch on-board computer data, of course, play music from external sources, picking up album covers, and radio, loading beautiful icons of radio stations. handles.

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To connect devices, the new Rapid has two Type-C connectors in the front of the cabin, two more, only for recharging devices, are available for rear passengers. Modern gadgets are charged from the car's on-board network quite quickly, and it's nice that Skoda has supplied modern and already quite up-to-date USB connectors. Of the minuses, I note that the niche at the bottom of the front panel is very small and a large smartphone cannot be placed there, and even the Apple iPhone 12 mini fit there with a creak.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

Connecting smartphones to the car via Bluetooth does not cause problems, recent calls and contacts are pulled up correctly, and the connection always remains stable. The speakerphone in Rapid also works flawlessly, even on the highway, when the cabin is quite noisy, the interlocutor hears you well.

The dashboard in our Rapid was classic, they say that in the future it will be possible to install a virtual dashboard as an option. The instrument markings are small but easy to read, plus the speedometer data can be displayed on the Maxi Dot monochrome screen, which is located in the center. Despite the fact that this display on the dashboard is not color, it can display not only information on the on-board computer, but also data on calls and media. That is, you can work with basic information without being distracted by the central screen. All navigation through the menu screen of the instrument panel is carried out using convenient buttons and rollers on the steering wheel. The steering wheel in our case was a sports one - this is a separate option - cut off from below and with convenient controls on it. There are small buttons that are tightly spaced, but have spacers so you don't accidentally press the wrong key. As well as two comfortable plastic rollers with a metallized coating and special notches for comfortable work with them.

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There are not as many electronic driver assistants in the Skoda Rapid as we would like, but still there is something. So, the car has a rear-view camera, as well as front and rear parking sensors. While the camera is active, visual cues from parking sensors are displayed on the dashboard display, but they can also be displayed on the central screen, however, then the picture from the camera disappears. The image from the camera is of good quality, during the day it gives a good overview, but at night it is already more difficult to navigate through it. There is a conventional cruise control, the controls of which have moved from a separate lever under the steering wheel to the left lever responsible for the light.A small switch on top of the lever allows you to turn on and off the cruise control, and a rocker button on the end is responsible for adjusting the speed. Also for the first time in the class, if I'm not mistaken, the Rapid is equipped with Front Assist distance control and auto-braking. The radar of this system is clearly visible, as it is located in the lower part of the front bumper. In addition, our equipment was equipped with an automatic high beam control system in addition to the standard light and rain sensors, which work correctly in almost any situation.

The climate control in the car is single-zone with comfortable adjustment knobs and small keys. The air conditioning system works in automatic mode without any complaints, however, in frost it takes a lot of time to warm up the interior to the set temperature. For some unknown reason, the keys of the climate control unit have a green backlight, while a separate display on it is backlit with white, like other interior elements that also have a white backlight.

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Four automatic windows come without closers, which looks strange to me, since the option is cheap. The narrow central armrest is traditionally tiltable for Skoda, and there is even a small niche inside it. It’s a strange thing with cup holders in the “Rapid”, in the front of the cabin there seem to be two of them, but one is very tiny, for a narrow 0.33 jar, and the second is larger, but still not all glasses fit into it. There is a standard-sized cup holder for the rear passengers, but its depth is small, so that high containers can inadvertently fly out of it.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

In terms of comfort level, Skoda Rapid immediately gives out belonging to the budget segment, even its doors are light, and if you don’t slam them properly, they simply won’t close. Noise isolation is quite normal in the city, but you go out onto the highway, and then a whole orchestra of aerodynamic noise, noise from the wheel arches and the roar of the engine immediately appears. To talk to passengers at speed, you have to raise your voice. The suspension copes well with large irregularities, but at the same time it collects all the little things from the roadway, and you feel any pothole well with your fifth point.

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In Russia, Skoda Rapid is presented with front-wheel drive, with a 1.6-liter gasoline naturally aspirated engine with a capacity of 90 or 110 hp, which comes in conjunction with a five-speed manual or a six-speed classic automatic (only for the 110 hp version). Also presented is a car with a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with a capacity of 125 hp, it comes only with a seven-speed DSG robot. I had a choice between the 1.6 version with an automatic or modification with a robot, since the first one is more popular, I chose it, and it was a mistake. Yes, 110 HP- this is not much, but the most unpleasant thing is the work of an automatic transmission, which in most cases lives its own life. For example, you want to accelerate and push the gas, but the machine simply does not react to this and keeps upshifting, only reluctantly lowering it after a while. Or sometimes an automatic transmission out of the blue, on the contrary, keeps a lower gear, although there is no need for this. Moreover, such cases are not isolated, they occur regularly, and it is absolutely incomprehensible what this behavior of the box depends on. That is, here you are driving, and everything is fine, and then bam, and she starts to act weird. There is, of course, a sport mode, with which the box will keep the lower gear to the maximum, but driving it all the time is not very pleasant.

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In general, the version with the 1.6 engine and automatic transmission is a little tight, you constantly need to adjust the car, intensively dosing the accelerator, this is necessary even in a uniform and leisurely driving mode. The handling of such a "rapid" in the city is quite normal, a little clamped, but not critical. But on the highway, the car behaves twitchy, constantly requires adjustments to the trajectory, so even with cruise control you won’t relax much.

In my opinion, the version with the 1.4 engine and DSG should be more interesting, but, unfortunately, I could not agree on a test of this option within the same material.

In terms of cross-country ability, the liftback is certainly not a crossover, but the ground clearance of 152 mm allows you not to be particularly afraid of snow drifts, and you can move out onto the primer without fear. I got about 10 liters per 100 km of fuel in mixed mode and about 8 liters on the highway, not to say that much, but it differs significantly from the 6 / 4.8 liters declared by the manufacturer for these modes.

Prices for the new Skoda Rapid start at 892,000 rubles for the most empty configuration with a 90-horsepower engine and mechanics. The medium-equipped version with a machine gun already exceeds the psychological barrier of 1 million rubles and costs 1,103,000 rubles. And the equipment as we have on the test with additional options will cost more than 1.3 million rubles. Despite the increased prices, Skoda Rapid still stands at the level of competitors, and even though its cost exceeds 1 million, it is one of the most affordable foreign cars in Russia today.

Skoda Rapid test. Better with DSG

The Skoda Rapid liftback is consistently in the top 10 sales of foreign cars in Russia, but at the same time, the new generation is still far behind its direct competitors Kia Rio (first place in 2020) and Hyundai Solaris. The new car from Skoda has become more interesting in terms of equipment, but, unfortunately, it still remains quite budgetary in many respects.

The appearance of the new Skoda Rapid is in many ways similar to the previous model, but thanks to the new elongated LED headlights and the same rear optics (LED taillights are included in the base), the car began to look fresher and even more mature. But not all angles for the liftback are successful, from some of them you can see this “youthful stoop” inherent in the compact class of cars. On the other hand, it was difficult for the Rapid developers to make the appearance of the liftback more harmonious, since the dimensions impose their own limitations. In general, I like the Skoda Rapid, it looks especially good in the Style and Black Edition Sport design lines - with black wheels, mirror caps and a roof. For my taste, only a small black spoiler on the trunk looks superfluous, but this is not for everybody.

The new interior of Skoda Rapid, I'm not afraid of this word, looks chic and modern for this class. 10 years ago, and even less, no one would have thought that the interior of budget cars could be so beautiful. Somehow everyone got used to the simple filling in such machines. But if you visually enjoy being inside the Rapid, then starting to feel the surfaces, you immediately understand that the materials are quite budgetary. Rigid plastic surrounds us absolutely everywhere, although in terms of texture you can’t always say that about it. The front panel, door trim, all handles and decorative inserts - everything is made of oak plastic, the only exception is made for the armrests in the doors, they are soft. On the other hand, earlier in the interior of such cars, both visually and tactilely, everything looked cheap, but now it is at least pleasing to the eye, and I wouldn’t say to the touch that it’s horror-horror, just inexpensive.

Behind the wheel of the new Rapid with a height of 187 cm, I could not find a comfortable fit for myself. Yes, the "sports" seats look nice, have good lateral support, but a very short pillow, and there is also no lumbar support https://cars45.com/listing/mercedes-benz/a-class/2003. You sit back a little, and you have to reach for the steering wheel, you literally lift the backrest by one click and you are already sitting somehow quite upright. I didn’t really like the 200 km rally without stopping in Rapid, my back was numb, the fifth point was petrified, and I really wanted to get out of the car as soon as possible and warm up. But in the city, at short and medium distances, you don’t get tired behind the wheel. In terms of visibility, there are no special questions for Rapid, with the exception of only small side mirrors, in addition to which I would like to see a blind spot monitoring system, but it is not yet available for this class.

Despite the fact that four adults can easily fit in the Skoda Rapid, the liftback also has a fairly roomy trunk with a volume of 530 liters. And by folding the backs of the rear sofa separately from the passenger compartment, which, however, form a slide, we get 1460 liters. And in the underground there is also a niche for any small things, there is also a 15-inch spare wheel. Of course, while the system of automatic opening of the luggage compartment is not available for such a car, everything has to be done with handles, but you can open it a little with the key.

The media system in the test car was a Bolero with an 8-inch touch screen, while the base one comes with a Swing 6.5". and the speed of work is quite acceptable, I didn’t notice any special brakes during the test.The media system supports the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay platforms (only by wire), so the issue with navigation can be immediately closed, if I’m not mistaken, even for a surcharge, Rapid does not have a standard navigation system Bolero also allows you to watch on-board computer data, of course, play music from external sources, picking up album covers, and radio, loading beautiful icons of radio stations. handles.

To connect devices, the new Rapid has two Type-C connectors in the front of the cabin, two more, only for recharging devices, are available for rear passengers. Modern gadgets are charged from the car's on-board network quite quickly, and it's nice that Skoda has supplied modern and already quite up-to-date USB connectors. Of the minuses, I note that the niche at the bottom of the front panel is very small and a large smartphone cannot be placed there, and even the Apple iPhone 12 mini fit there with a creak.

Connecting smartphones to the car via Bluetooth does not cause problems, recent calls and contacts are pulled up correctly, and the connection always remains stable. The speakerphone in Rapid also works flawlessly, even on the highway, when the cabin is quite noisy, the interlocutor hears you well.

The dashboard in our Rapid was classic, they say that in the future it will be possible to install a virtual dashboard as an option. The instrument markings are small but easy to read, plus the speedometer data can be displayed on the Maxi Dot monochrome screen, which is located in the center. Despite the fact that this display on the dashboard is not color, it can display not only information on the on-board computer, but also data on calls and media. That is, you can work with basic information without being distracted by the central screen. All navigation through the menu screen of the instrument panel is carried out using convenient buttons and rollers on the steering wheel. The steering wheel in our case was a sports one - this is a separate option - cut off from below and with convenient controls on it. There are small buttons that are tightly spaced, but have spacers so you don't accidentally press the wrong key. As well as two comfortable plastic rollers with a metallized coating and special notches for comfortable work with them.

There are not as many electronic driver assistants in the Skoda Rapid as we would like, but still there is something. So, the car has a rear-view camera, as well as front and rear parking sensors. While the camera is active, visual cues from parking sensors are displayed on the dashboard display, but they can also be displayed on the central screen, however, then the picture from the camera disappears. The image from the camera is of good quality, during the day it gives a good overview, but at night it is already more difficult to navigate through it. There is a conventional cruise control, the controls of which have moved from a separate lever under the steering wheel to the left lever responsible for the light. A small switch on top of the lever allows you to turn on and off the cruise control, and a rocker button on the end is responsible for adjusting the speed. Also for the first time in the class, if I'm not mistaken, the Rapid is equipped with Front Assist distance control and auto-braking. The radar of this system is clearly visible, as it is located in the lower part of the front bumper. In addition, our equipment was equipped with an automatic high beam control system in addition to the standard light and rain sensors, which work correctly in almost any situation.

In terms of comfort options for the driver and passengers, Rapid has two-level heating for all seats, which works quickly and evenly warms up both the backrest and the pillow. There is also a three-level heated steering wheel with a button on the steering wheel itself. But it warms up the entire surface of the “steering wheel” for a long time, and it doesn’t “fry” so much at the maximum, so it’s not clear why there are three levels. There is also a heated windshield, but to be honest, I didn’t have a reason to turn it on, so I can’t say anything about its operation. At least the heating coils are not very conspicuous and are mostly visible only in bright sunlight.

The climate control in the car is single-zone with comfortable adjustment knobs and small keys. The air conditioning system works in automatic mode without any complaints, however, in frost it takes a lot of time to warm up the interior to the set temperature. For some unknown reason, the keys of the climate control unit have a green backlight, while a separate display on it is backlit with white, like other interior elements that also have a white backlight.

Four automatic windows come without closers, which looks strange to me, since the option is cheap. The narrow central armrest is traditionally tiltable for Skoda, and there is even a small niche inside it. It’s a strange thing with cup holders in the “Rapid”, in the front of the cabin there seem to be two of them, but one is very tiny, for a narrow 0.33 jar, and the second is larger, but still not all glasses fit into it. There is a standard-sized cup holder for the rear passengers, but its depth is small, so that high containers can inadvertently fly out of it.

In terms of comfort level, Skoda Rapid immediately gives out belonging to the budget segment, even its doors are light, and if you don’t slam them properly, they simply won’t close. Noise isolation is quite normal in the city, but you go out onto the highway, and then a whole orchestra of aerodynamic noise, noise from the wheel arches and the roar of the engine immediately appears. To talk to passengers at speed, you have to raise your voice. The suspension copes well with large irregularities, but at the same time it collects all the little things from the roadway, and you feel any pothole well with your fifth point.

In Russia, Skoda Rapid is presented with front-wheel drive, with a 1.6-liter gasoline naturally aspirated engine with a capacity of 90 or 110 hp, which comes in conjunction with a five-speed manual or a six-speed classic automatic (only for the 110 hp version). Also presented is a car with a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with a capacity of 125 hp, it comes only with a seven-speed DSG robot. I had a choice between the 1.6 version with an automatic or modification with a robot, since the first one is more popular, I chose it, and it was a mistake. Yes, 110 HP - this is not much, but the most unpleasant thing is the work of an automatic transmission, which in most cases lives its own life. For example, you want to accelerate and push the gas, but the machine simply does not react to this and keeps upshifting, only reluctantly lowering it after a while. Or sometimes an automatic transmission out of the blue, on the contrary, keeps a lower gear, although there is no need for this. Moreover, such cases are not isolated, they occur regularly, and it is absolutely incomprehensible what this behavior of the box depends on. That is, here you are driving, and everything is fine, and then bam, and she starts to act weird. There is, of course, a sport mode, with which the box will keep the lower gear to the maximum, but driving it all the time is not very pleasant.

In general, the version with the 1.6 engine and automatic transmission is a little tight, you constantly need to adjust the car, intensively dosing the accelerator, this is necessary even in a uniform and leisurely driving mode. The handling of such a "rapid" in the city is quite normal, a little clamped, but not critical. But on the highway, the car behaves twitchy, constantly requires adjustments to the trajectory, so even with cruise control you won’t relax much.

In my opinion, the version with the 1.4 engine and DSG should be more interesting, but, unfortunately, I could not agree on a test of this option within the same material.

In terms of cross-country ability, the liftback is certainly not a crossover, but the ground clearance of 152 mm allows you not to be particularly afraid of snow drifts, and you can move out onto the primer without fear. I got about 10 liters per 100 km of fuel in mixed mode and about 8 liters on the highway, not to say that much, but it differs significantly from the 6 / 4.8 liters declared by the manufacturer for these modes.