Skoda has reintroduced the base variant, Skoda Rapid Rider for the Indian market. On returning the market, the Rapid Rider has got slightly more expensive but wihout any update.
Last year, Skoda had stopped receiving bookings for the base variant of the Skoda Rapid, the Skoda Rapid Rider. Afterwards, the variant was removed from the Skoda’s official website, citing the unexpectedly high demand. It was confirmed by Zac Hollis, Brand Director of Skoda Auto India, that this model was practically sold out for the year. Recently, the Czech carmaker has recently reintroduced Rapid Rider variant at Rs 7.79 lakh (ex-showroom).
Skoda Rapid Rider is available at Rs 7.79 lakh (ex-showroom)
The new price of this car is higher than its previous price by Rs 30,000. However, there will be no feature update upon this comeback. The base Skoda Rapid Rider is fitted with features like a 2-DIN audio system with USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity, auto climate control, rear air conditioning vents, power windows, adjustable headrests for front and rear, remote central locking, rear defogger, front and rear centre armrests, rake and reach steering wheel adjustment, power-adjustable wing mirror. In terms of safety, the Skoda Rapid is equipped with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, and rear parking sensor. Still, this feature list is decent for a base variant model.
Along with the relaunch of the Rapid Rider, Skoda also introduces new prices for other variants on the range. For example, the Rapid Rider Plus manual and automatic variants get more expensive by Rs 20,000 than before. The Rapid Ambition and Onyx with automatic gearbox variants cost Rs 20,000 higher.
Skoda Rapid Rider is currently the most affordable option in the mid-size sedan segment. The second most affordable model is the Maruti Ciaz Sigma which is available at Rs 8.32 lakh. Skoda Rapid is taking on the likes of Volkswagen Vento, Hyundai Verna, Honda City, and Toyota Yaris.