We have only driven the novel SkodaRapid with the outskirts of Jaipur, Rajasthan. It may be extremelysimilar to the car it is depended upon, the VW Vento, but there are asome key differences. Pictures do not rather do justice to the Rapidand it definitely appears better in the metal. The Skoda nose islarge and prominent and produces the car feel bigger and morebalanced as compared to the Vento. The headlights, grille and foglamps arrive from the Skoda Fabia, and the key modifications tointegrated the Skoda face into the plan are the novel bonnet, novelfenders and the mildly changed chin. At the back, the majordifference is the detailing with the tail lamps, which adopt Skoda'sfeature 'C' motif. There are even subtle alterations to the boot lidand the back bumper.

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With the inside, the cabin is nearlyidentical to its VW counterpart, aside from the Skoda family steeringwheel, device panel, gear lever and audio system. The model we aredriving has climate check also. Completed in black, the centralconsole, still, stands out because there is few match badly in theplan of its parts. The vents, buttons and climate control arrive fromVW, though the audio system, with its big buttons and fonts, isdistinctly Skoda.

It will even be usable with a petrolengine, but the diesel is the more important engine alternative andthat is the one we have driven. It is the same 1.6-litre unit like inthe Vento, creating a similar 105bhp as well as 25.5kgm of torque.

The motor looks somewhat more refinedas compared to in the Vento and power delivery is rather linear. Theengine pulls cleanly from 1600rpm and all the way to 5000rpm, greatfor a diesel, and the functioning is rather strong.