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Compare Volkswagen Vento Vs Skoda Rapid

Snapshot: We compare the specifications of the Volkswagen Vento with the Skoda Rapid.

Skoda being a part of Volkswagen group, share lot of technology and components that goes into their cars with the cars from Volkswagen. The Vento and Rapid are essentially the same cars underneath with nuances in tunes of engines, interiors design etc. Skoda has been in the Indian market for a long time now and has a thorough understanding of it. Volkswagen despite being a late entrant in the market does not suffer from any serious setback since, it is without doubt a more renowned and well-known brand in comparison to Skoda.

In the comparison – Volkswagen Vento Vs Skoda Rapid, we will find out if the comparatively higher price tag of the Skoda cars is indeed justified.

The specification comparison sheet has been prepared by comparing the Volkswagen Vento highline diesel with the Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI Elegance Plus (AT) and Volkswagen Vento highline petrol (AT) with the Skoda Rapid 1.6 MPI Elegance Plus (AT). Compare full features of the Volkswagen Vento Vs Skoda Rapid.

Volkswagen Vento exteriors Vs Skoda Rapid exteriors
Skoda and Volkswagen too have always provided us with cars that have understated styling. That’s true for the cars that we are comparing here. Essentially, the cars have same body silhouette if you look at them from the side and rear. The faces of the cars though, carry the most significant bearings of differences. The nose of Rapid has been borrowed from the discontinued Fabia and the common design elements between the cars include – bonnet, headlamps, foglamps and grille.

The sides and back of the car are just like Vento like with very subtle differences. The lower variants (Active and Ambition) of the Fabia come equipped with 15-inch steel wheel whereas the higher variant - Elegance gets 15-inch alloy wheels. The Fabia also offers the all black, Elegance variant which further enhance the looks of the car and look sporty.

Vento on the other hand has a nose which uses more squarish headlamps at front and looks sleek in comparison to the Rapid. Vento comes equipped with 14inch steel wheels on base variant – Comfortline, the Trendline uses 15inch steel wheels, whereas the Highline is equipped with 15inch alloy wheels. The quality that’s common among both the cars is that they are built tough.

Volkswagen Vento interiors Vs Skoda Rapid interiors
There’s a 3 color scheme – black, beige and brown that is being used in the Skoda Rapid. The design of the switches, dash and plastics is very sober. However, the fit and finish is top-notch. The features that you get include – climate control, multi-function steering wheel, rear air-con vents, cup holders, front and rear centre arm-rest, electrically adjustable rear view mirrors, etc. The instrument cluster displays all the essential information like travelling time, distance travelled, average speed, immediate consumption, average consumption, travel distance before refueling, service interval, outside temperature, clock etc.  There’s 2 DIN audio system with USB, Bluetooth, aux-in and SD card support. The boot of the car is sufficiently large at 460 liters and can swallow big bags of luggage.   

Volkswagen Vento has brownish grey, beige and black theme interiors. The interiors would feel very familiar to the Skoda Rapid. There’s a sporty flat bottom power steering that has audio, telephony and voice control buttons. The switches and buttons are of good quality and feel premium to touch. There are various storage spaces inside the cabin like glove-box, door pockets, bag hooks, cup-holders and storage spaces around handbrake. In terms of equipment, you get - an audio system with aux-in, USB and Bluetooth support, climate control unit, keyless entry with alarm system, MFD that displays information like travelling time, distance travelled, digital speed display, average speed, speed limit warning, fuel-efficiency, distance till empty, service interval, outside temperature and clock, instrument cluster has tachometer, speedometer, odometer and trip meter. There is 454-litre boot which is capacious enough to store large luggage bags.

Volkswagen Vento engine Vs Skoda Rapid engine
The Volkswagen Vento offers three engine choices – 1.2 litre (1197cc) petrol, 1.6 litre (1598cc) petrol and 1.5 litre (1498cc) diesel. The top variants – Highline, offers all there engine types. The 1.6 litre petrol comes equipped with a five speed manual transmission and the 1.2 litre petrol and 1.5 litre uses a 7-speed DSG gearbox. 

All three engines produce the same maximum power 103.6bhp despite their different capacities.

The Skoda Rapid offers two engine choices – 1.6-litre ( 1598cc) petrol and 1.5-litre (1498cc) diesel engine. The petrol engine as well as the diesel engine manages to produce 103.6bhp of power. The 7 speed DSG gearbox is only available with the diesel engine. The petrol automatic uses a 6-speed tiptronic gearbox whereas the manual versions of the diesel as well as the petrol use a 5 speed fully synchronized gearbox.

Volkswagen Vento mileage Vs Skoda Rapid mileage
Skoda Rapid, equipped with the diesel engine and automatic gearbox would deliver 21.66kmpl on highways and 18.3kmpl in city traffic conditions. The car with petrol engine and automatic gearbox should be able to deliver 14.3kmpl on highways and 11.0kmpl in city conditions.

The Vento with diesel engine and automatic gearbox would deliver 21.21kmpl on highways and 17.25kmpl in city conditions. The 1.2 litre petrol engine with automatic gearbox would be able to offer 16.93kmpl on highways and 12.02kmpl in city conditions.      

Volkswagen Vento safety features Vs Skoda Rapid safety features
Both the cars use ventilated disc brakes at front and drum brakes at rear. In addition, you get 3 point ELR seatbelts for front and rear passengers. There’s a two point seat belt for middle passenger who sits in the rear seat. Engine immobilizer, central locking, power door locks, driver and passenger airbag, keyless entry etc. are present on both the cars.

The Volkswagen Vento also offers Hill hold, and electronic safety program (ESP) on all its variants but the Rapid does not offer hill hold feature and the ESP is available on diesel version only.

Compare full features of the Volkswagen Vento Vs Skoda Rapid

Verdict
The cars have essentially the same underpinning and there isn’t much distinction between the two when it comes to engine and design. It’s only the nose of the cars that makes them look visibly different. We would consider Vento as the winner in this comparison since it looks better, has to offer three engine choices and a DSG gearbox with petrol as well as well as the diesel variant of the car. In addition, we also feel that the interiors of the Vento are a cut above the Rapid.

You may want to watch a comprehensive video review of the Volkswagen Vento

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