With the rise of the middle class, one market that has benefited and expanded is the mid-size sedan segment. Volkswagen is treading on a two pronged strategy consisting of two similar products under different brand names. The Vento and Rapid are built under one parent company and while the VW Vento is one of the popular cars in the segment, the Skoda Rapid too has garnered appreciation from the buyers.

The Czech brand has launched a special edition of the Rapid called the Rapid Ultima almost mirroring Volkswagen’s move to offer extra standard kit on the Vento. Thus, the Skoda Rapid Ultima gets additional features including a navigation system, additional safety airbags, projector headlamps, leather interior, parking sensors, among others.

The engines powering the car remain the same. The 1.6-liter MPI petrol with 105 PS and a 1.6-liter TDI CR producing 105 PS and is good for 250 Nm of peak torque. The model is offered with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed Tiptronic. Special ’Ultima’ branding differentiates it from the standard Skoda Rapid models.

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2014 Skoda Rapid Ultima
  • Year: 2014
  • Make: Skoda
  • Model: Rapid
  • Engine: 1.6 MPI, 16V DOHC
  • Transmission: Manual 5-speed fully synchronized
  • Horsepower @ RPM: 104 @ 5250
  • Torque @ RPM: 113 @ 3800
  • Energy: MPI
  • Displacement: 1598 cc
  • Layout: Front wheel drive
  • Price: INR 833156
  • car segment: midsize cars
  • body style: sedan

EXTERIOR

2014 Skoda Rapid Ultima
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2014 Skoda Rapid Ultima
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2014 Skoda Rapid Ultima
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From the outside, the new Skoda Rapid Ultima limited edition does not look any different to a normal Rapid. That said, you do get additional body graphics on the bonnet, roof and boot lid. Upfront, the headlamp cluster incorporates projector headlights. Special seven spoke alloy wheels add a bit of a sporty touch. Apart from the extra Ultima badges, Skoda has also fitted the limited edition with rear parking sensors.

2014 Skoda Rapid Ultima - Exterior Specification

Length (mm) 4386
Height (mm) 1466
Width (mm) 1699
Wheelbase (mm) 2552
Ground Clearance (mm) 168

INTERIOR

2014 Skoda Rapid Ultima
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2014 Skoda Rapid Ultima
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2014 Skoda Rapid Ultima
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The Skoda Rapid Ultima offers more kit as standard compared to the base Rapid sedan. The interior is wrapped in what is called a "leather package". Special floor mats and door sills with Ultima branding along with electronic items like Garmin and Tom-tom navigation, Bluetooth enables multimedia system make up most of the unique equipment added on to the Rapid Ultima.

Variants Active / Ambition / Ambition Plus / Elegance Ambition Plus / Elegance Active / Ambition / Ambition Plus / Elegance
Gross Weight(kg) 1674 1720 1757
Curb Weight (kg) 1145 1180 1205
Storage Capacity(L) 460 460 460

DRIVETRAIN

2014 Skoda Rapid Ultima
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While buyers get loads of new features and styling details on the 2014 Rapid Ultima, the engines remain the same as before, starting with the 1.6-liter MPI unit which develops 105 PS at 5250 rpm and 153 Nm at 3800 rpm. The petrol variant can be had with a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed Tiptronic.

The diesel engine is mated to a 5-speed manual

The diesel is the more popular of the two in 1.6-liter TDI guise and produces similar horsepower numbers but 250 Nm of torque at just 1500 rpm and on wards upto 2500 rpm. The diesel engine is mated to a 5-speed manual. To support the heavy diesel engine mounted in the front of the car, Skoda has fitted the Rapid with MacPherson struts with lower link and torsion stabilizer and a compound link crank-axle at the rear. The steering is electro-mechanical and offers decent feedback.

2014 Skoda Rapid Ultima - Drivetrain Specification

Engine 1.6 MPI/77 kW 1.6 MPI/77 kW (A) 1.6 TDI CR/77 kW
Displacement(cc) 1598 1598 1598
Output (kw(PS) @ RPM) 77(105)/5250 77(105)/5250 77(105)/4400
Torque (NM @ RPM) 153/3800 153/3800 250/1500 - 2500
Fuel consumption - rule 115 of CMVR [kmpl] 15.0 14.3 20.5
Transmission Manual 5-speed fully synchronized Automatic 6-speed, with Tiptronic manual gear changing Manual 5-speed fully synchronized

FEATURES

- * Garmin and Tom-Tom navigation
- * Projector lens headlamps
- * Bluetooth telephone connectivity
- * Multi-function steering wheel
- * Parking sensors
- * Leather package
- * Seven spoke alloys
- * Side plaque with Ultima branding
- * Additional airbags in middle variant
- * Floor mats with Ultima branding
- * Door sill moldings with Ultima branding

PRICES

1.6 MPI MT Ambition Plus Rs. 833,156
1.6 MPI AT Ambition Plus Rs. 930,915
1.6 MPI MT Elegance Rs. 895,355
1.6 MPI AT Elegance Rs. 991,920
1.6 TDI Ambition Plus Rs. 940,788
1.6 TDI Elegance Rs. 997,661

COMPETITON

Volkswagen Vento

2012 Volkswagen Vento Highline
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The Volkswagen Vento is the sister car of the Rapid which is based on the same platform as the Czech car. It also shares its underpinnings along with the engines. Which mean, the Vento gets the same 1.6-liter petrol engine with 105 PS of peak power and 153 Nm of torque. As with the Skoda Rapid, the Vento too gets a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 1.6-liter diesel generates 105 PS and 250 Nm of torque.

New Honda City

2014 Honda City
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The new Honda City is currently the market leader in terms of sales numbers. For the last couple of months Honda has been able to maintain a descent lead over its arch rival Hyundai Verna. The new City is powered by a 1.5-liter i-VTEC petrol engine with 119 PS and 145 Nm. A new 1.5-liter i-DTEC diesel engine has been added to the range which is capable of 100 PS and 200 Nm. The all-new Honda City offers a more premium interior, build and ride quality than the Vento and Rapid.

CONCLUSION

2014 Skoda Rapid Ultima
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The Skoda Rapid in Ultima Edition guise offers loads of new features than before. Leaving the aesthetic details aside, customers do benefit from the additional safety airbag, projector headlights, satellite navigation system and Bluetooth. In a way, Skoda has tried to get rid of their accessories stock pile before the end of fiscal year which is a common practice. Moreover, the overshadowed Skoda Rapid will remain the underdog.

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  • * Expensive after sales
  • * Interior borrowed straight from VW Vento
Tushar

Press Release

Mumbai, March 1st, 2014: SKODA Auto India introduces ’Rapid Ultima’ a special edition within the successful Rapid model range. The Ultima will be available in two variants and will be priced starting 8.3 lakhs ex-showroom New Delhi. The ’Rapid Ultima’ will be available across all SKODA authorized dealerships from March 1st, 2014 for a limited period only.

2014 Skoda Rapid Ultima
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The Rapid Ultima will visually differentiate itself with an attractive exterior decal stretching from the hood over the roof all the way to the boot and across the shoulder line of the car.

The Ultima edition will have additional features like parking sensors with a rear view camera, Garmin and Tom Tom navigation devices, leatherate seat covers, door sill moldings, new seven spoke alloys

The Rapid Ultima which features SKODA’s new logo will be available in diesel and petrol variants across the Ambition Plus and Elegance trims. The petrol variant has maximum power of 77kW (105PS)@5250rpm with maximum torque of 153NM @3800rpm. The diesel variant has maximum power of 77kW (105PS) @4400rpm with maximum torque of 250Nm@1500-2500rpm.

2014 Skoda Rapid Ultima
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Symbolizing SKODA’s brand value – "Simply Clever", the Rapid is ideal for the Indian streets with an attractive design, ample space, excellent safety equipment and modern proven technology. It is a comfortable car for the family with an elegant design, ensuring an efficient drive. The new features will now make the Rapid Ultima an even more enviable purchase within the already successful Rapid model range.

FEATURES:
1. Roof and side foil
2. Garmin and Tom-Tom navigation
3. Projector lens headlamps
4. Bluetooth telephone connectivity
5. On board computer
6. Multi-function steering wheel
7. Parking sensors
8. Leather package
9. Seven spoke alloys
10. Side plaque with Ultima branding
11. Additional airbags in middle variant
12. Leatherate Seat covers
13. Floor mats with Ultima branding
14. Door sill moldings with Ultima branding

The Rapid Ultima edition will be priced as follows (Ex-showroom New Delhi):
1.6 MPI MT Ambition Plus Rs. 833,156/-
1.6 MPI AT Ambition Plus Rs. 930,915/-
1.6 MPI MT Elegance Rs. 895,355/-
1.6 MPI AT Elegance Rs. 991,920/-
1.6 TDI Ambition Plus Rs. 940,788/-
1.6 TDI Elegance Rs. 997,661/-

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