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Honda City vs Skoda Rapid
Can the new kid on the block dethrone the current king of the ring
By : Srinivas Krishnan | Published : December 05, 2011
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Well, it can also be the Volkswagen Vento versus the Honda City, if you wish. But let's stick to the Skoda over here. Before we start, let's sort a little tiff between the VW Group cousins: both are virtually identical except for the cosmetic bits between the two. The Rapid is somewhat a better car over the Vento simply because of two factors: the gearing in the diesel is better and therefore is more driveable plus allows for better acceleration times (yes, it's quicker than the Vento TDI). Plus the suspension is set to be firmer, offering a better ride than the Vento's bouncy effect. Then of course, the Rapid is cheaper than the Veedub. So it is down to the brand from VW AG that you would like to be seen with. Now that this issue is sorted, let's look at what happens when the City enters the field.

 

 

For that - sorry to do this to you - we have to take you back to our previous comparisons when we pitted the City against the Vento. Essentially, the verdict in that was if you want a petrol sedan, go for the City and if you can afford or want a diesel, then the Vento is better. Similarly, we would recommend the same thing over here, despite the Rapid being a better car than the Vento. When it comes to petrol, the City is overall the better car compared to the Skoda. There's no need to discuss regarding the diesel version - the Rapid diesel is a terrific car, no doubt about it.

So why is the City petrol better than the Rapid petrol? Couple of strong reasons. The engine is effervescent and frugal - we don't know how Honda does it, but it makes the City great fun to drive and easy on the pocket too. It looks great despite the impending facelift and interior packaging is excellent - liberating leg room and head room all around. The City's steering feel is also bang-on and it handles crisply. However bad roads tend to throw it off kilter, and here's where the Rapid easily wins. The Rapid handles bad roads easily and it is much more capable over dirty roads. The Rapid is easier to get in and get out as opposed to the low-slung City. Steering feel is good, but the Rapid's petrol unit is no match for the refinement of the Honda. The quality of plastics in the Skoda seem a little compromised compared to the City. As regards the automatic petrols, there is no discussion - the City is far ahead of the Rapid's AT version. So net net, the City wins the battle again, but with the diesel Rapid, it's another ballgame...

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  Posted by John at 27th March,2012
"As regards the automatic petrols, there is no discussion - the City is far ahead of the Rapid's AT version" ? Why is it better? I dont see any facts given, just opinion with facts.
  Posted by Rambabu.gurram at 3rd March,2012
so good
  Posted by Navin at 11th February,2012
I cannot agree with you on the plastic quality of City. It's pathetic. Any day, Rapid's quality is not as bad as City's.
  Posted by Shrike at 1st March,2012
  I suggest you re read the article. Lol.
  Posted by Navin at 24th December,2011
City lil edge over rapid is obvious because this is a IIIrd version of city.. refined a lot over the time however rapid just launched. I believe this car will b a big hit.. Skoda has a class !!
  Posted by kousik pani at 14th December,2011
skoda not only brand.skoda belong from a good concept. good mileage exelent driving pleasure.
  Posted by bernie at 8th December,2011
And you're comparing the Rapid Diesel with .... what exactly, seeing as there is no Diesel version of the Honda City?
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