Many foreign brands are putting their utmost effort to capture midsize C+ segment car market. To push back established players like Maruti and Hyundai, Skoda revealed its Rapid sedan in late 2011. Skoda Rapid boasts of a powerful engine, cut edge luxury and technology. The main target of this subcompact car is to beat the likes of Hyundai Verna and to have a clear picture of this stiff competition we here present a comparison overview of both these mid-size sedans.
Engine, power and performance
Skoda Rapid comes in 1.6L TDi diesel engine churning out 105PS and 250Nm of peak torque and 1.6L MPI petrol unit generating 105PS and 153Nm torque. The diesel engine is mated with 5 speed manual transmission gearbox while the petrol engine comes with five speed manual transmission as well as automatic six-speed transmission system with Tiptronic manual gear changing functionality. The suspension part of the sedan is a bit different from Vento and ground clearance is more practical in urban areas.
Hyundai Verna is also available in both diesel and petrol trims. The 1.4L VTVT petrol engine has the capacity to generate 107PS and 135Nm torque while 1.4L CRDi diesel engine outputs 90PS and 220Nm torque. This CRDi technology features a high pressure fuel rail and piezoelectric injectors for delivering tremendous power and good mileage.Engines are mated with five-speed manual transmission system and automatic variant supports four-speed transmission system. Hyundai Verna is capable of getting out from dense places easily and it is convenient to operate and park.
Skoda Rapid is not charming as Hyundai Verna but it has a tough build quality which makes it unique in its class. Architectural couture and excellence is mesmerizing which shows amalgamation of boldness and beauty together. Wide chrome grille and elegant logo placed above the grille gives a dramatic effect to the sedan. Headlamps and bumpers seem to be inspired from Fabia. Sleek front bonnet and 15 inch alloy wheels adds to the beauty.
On the other hand appearance of Hyundai Verna is quite athletic which makes the best aspect of major selling point. The exteriors are poised with R16 alloy wheels, metallic quality and finish level is commendable. A hexagonal chrome grille and eagle eye headlamp creates a ‘wow’ moment. There are trendy tail lamps with dual exhaust pipe at the rear.
The interiors of Skoda Rapid are more or less like Volkswagen Vento. But as common with most of the luxury sedans, Skoda Rapid covers all the major aspects. Dashboard is attired with nice dark and light beige color. Rich looking leather wrapped steering wheel, instrument cluster and music system are also inspired from Fabia. Automatic climate control is present in the top end model while there is ample leg-room in the car.
Hyundai Verna possesses best looking interiors and was also awarded by a prominent automobile magazine for its dazzling looks. The interior makes the person breathe with sense of premiumness inside the car. Leather seats of the car are pretty relaxing besides well placed seating arrangement. Steering mounted audio controls makes most of the access handsfree. A superior on board computer system is provided which updates on every aspect of journey.
Skoda Rapid has all modern standard features like dual airbags, Anti-lock Braking System with EBD, engine immobilizer, front and rear fog lamps. Even in base Active variant there are plenty of features like Anti-glare interior rear view mirror, a defogger with timer, child lock, door-ajar warning indicator and central locking.
Best seller Hyundai Verna Fluidic has commendable safety features. It comes with six airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, impact sensing door unlock, central locking, engine immobilizer, front and rear seat belt, auto folding electric mirrors and all disc brakes for better control of the car.
In terms of mileage Skoda Rapid lacks a little bit in comparison to Hyundai Verna. The petrol model of the car delivers 15kmpl while diesel model delivers good mileage of 20kmpl. On the other hand Hyundai Verna petrol model delivers 17kmpl and diesel model toss out excellent mileage of 22kmpl.
Starting price range is competitive but if we talk about top-end model, Hyundai is costlier than Skoda Rapid but the features justify the price cost. Skoda Rapid price falls between INR 7.12-9.76 lakhs while Hyundai Verna price ranges from INR 7.23-11.39 lakhs.
In above comparison it seems that Hyundai Verna seems to be clear winner in terms of features, mileage and performance but in terms of pricing for the C+ segment car, Skoda Rapid has a slight edge.
|Skoda Rapid||Hyundai Verna|
|Engine Size (Petrol)||1598cc||1396cc/1591cc|
|Engine Size (Diesel)||1598cc||1396cc/1582cc|
|Price Range||INR 7.12-9.76 lakhs||INR 7.23-11.39 lakhs|