Originally Posted by D.J.D.
I generally change gears in 1500 to 2000 RPM range. In my daily run rarely i rev the engine beyond 2K RPM. Also I brake less. Anticipate the traffic and control the speed accordingly. That's what i follow during my daily commute
While on highway i rev the engine up to 2.5K RPM.
AI too drive the same way, in fact at times I put the car to neutral and coast to stop lights if I see big count downs on traffic light digital displays.I do this when using car as a family car, whenever I drive I drive a little bit more aggressively but safe and always give room for overtaking when some one honks like crazy on my back because most of the time I will see them waiting for signals to turn green after a few seconds of show off
I test drove the Skoda Rapid 1.5 TDI DSG today, its mind boggling 12.64 lakhs on road price tag dosent justify the package frankly, a manual Rapid 1.6 TDi costs just 11.21 lakhs here for Ultima package but the 1.5 lakh extra for DSG isnt fair at all
-The car felt more front heavy than the regular MT Rapid
-Sport mode in DSG was awesome but manual mode wasnt entertaining or satisfying as some auto reviews posted,it was happy to up shift and up shifts were silky smooth but downshifts were kind of disappointing, specially 3rd to 2nd shift was perceptible and it didnt take place as expected, so the car sometimes fell out of power band and I had to cut throttle and push it again to make the down shift
-city mileage was kind of disappointing even in D mode, in the test car, it was hovering around 13.7 kmpl even without being pushed too hard, the car had just 3000 kms on odometer, SA told it will improve over time
-I think the 1.5 TDI is less eager to revv compared to the 1.6 with DSG, only in Sport mode the car felt alive, even in Sport mode it wasnt like fully happy with revvs like the 1.6 TDi did.
-Slightly pale cabin as in regular Rapid
-Good balance between ride quality and handling
-All windows anti pinch and one touch Up/down is an amazing feature
-good space for 4 adults, not as spacious as City or Ciaz or Sunny, yet very good
-Excellent under thigh support for rear seats
-Good cabin quietness
-Steering felt better than VW Vento, a little bit more meatier, but nowhere near as good as Linea or Fiesta
-Rear suspension noise was little more pronounced than Fiesta and Linea or even Verna
-All in all a good diesel AT car, but not worth the extra premium they charge for DSG,