Originally Posted by SedateDriver
Got delivery of Rapid Ambition TDI on Friday. Didn't book that early but got against prior booking cancellation. Since the model and colour was of my choice so I grabbed it.
Dear Sedate,accept my warm CONGRATULATIONS on your new ride...
Any ways you have got the car,what I know is,you have got the best out of the crowd.Ambition means the mid variant,the one with driver side airbag and ABS
.Right?Now a get a good dual din ICE system for your car and rock us all.
Didn't got a chance to drive much during this weekend but my initial views are: |
- The build quality (which Skoda is known for) is not compromised though it is priced little lower than competitors and even its elder sister Vento
- Interiors are simplistic. Not much innovations here. Dual beige color looks good (I never liked black interiors)
- Exteriors do not impress much if you compare it with Hyundai Verna but yes, are contemporary and typical Skoda like.
- Diesel engine noise can be heard inside cabin specially at lower speed
- Pick-up in low gears is satisfactory. I was concerned with turbo-lag as reported in other model/make. Torque does the trick here.
- Acceleration at higher speed is very good. Due to traffic, I could only reach 80-85 kmph. At this speed, the car looked stable and hungry for more.
- Steering is balanced. Not very light, not hard. Braking is satisfactory
Prior to booking, I knew only fact about diesel cars - "they encourage you to drive more" due to better mileage. Just after 2 days of ownership, I got another fact - "they encourage you to drive Rapid i.e. faster" due to better ride quality at higher speed.
Few nice feature which I found useful till now:
- Front arm-rest provided great support to left arm. I can change gears without lifting my arm or hand. Super feature.
- Driver seat height adjust
- Steering wheel adjustment
- Opening/Closing of all windows from remote key
- Date and temperature at dial console
- For backseat passengers, center arm-rest and reading lights at center
You may call it a coincidence,but its just yesterday evening that we friends too took a good long TD of a Rapid TDI and our impressions were(most of them are same as you,so won't be mentioning them),please don't mind if I highlight any cons of the car:-
1):The built quality is second to none,typical Skoda.Knock the dash or close the door,the thud you get is simply impressive.
2):The Vento is not good above 100 kph,I mean it has slight nervousness(due to soft front suspension),but Rapid is very much confident.But then Vento is far better than Rapid at lower speeds and city speeds,as the suspension gives a great low speed ride.
3):Don't know about others,but Verna feels more silent inside,still Rapid also has a good NVH.
4):The steering response is very much confidence inspiring and the BRAKES,dear,they simply impressed me.
5):The ACC works brilliantly,weather you need to het up or get cooled down,it will simply impress you.
6):Since I love the simplistic styling,that's why I feel only Vento and Rapid to have a complete desing,I mean I always feel something missing in Verna's design,but in Rapid I love the way it looks(actually I love the cars like this only,that's why I own Innova,Laura and Corolla).
7):about front arm rest,put it on lower most position and then see,you will really shift up and down with your elbow resting on the armrest.
8):Friend was confused saying "Yaar dikki kaha se khulegi,chaabi lagani hai kya?(yaar,how to open the boot,is it external),I,have a look at the button on the front door,just above the pocket,simply press it towards back and pop.He did and said,so light it is.
9):Boot..my dear..the boot is big enough to accomodate all four of us friends in it.
10):WE PEOPLE WERE SO MUCH IMPRESSED BY THE CAR THAT SIMPLY GOT IT DECIDED,WILL BE BOOKING AFTER AUTO EXPO,BUT STILL EXPECT ME TO POST A COMPLETE RAPID INITIAL OWNERSHIP REPORT WITHIN NEXT 45 DAYS.
The friend saw SX4 before Rapid and after seeing Rapid he said "Why people dump their cash on SX4 when they can buy this thing(log apne paise SX4 mein kyun barbaad karte hain jab woh iss bala ko kahrid sakte hain)?
11):One thing that I seriously disliked is the center tunnel at the rear,it intrudes a bit too much in the cabin.Agree?
Some pics are attached. Will post more comments after next month
,still please post some more,also that dash is not looking good without the ICE,so get it done as soon as possible.The button of which I am talking about can be seen in the fourth pic on the driver's door just above the door pocket.
Originally Posted by madaneeraj
Congrats for the beauty, smell of new car interiors is joyful. Accelaration will improve after, around 1k and noise will also subsidize a bit. Do keep engine ideal for 30 seconds after starting and before switching off it will prolong turbo life.
+1,Madan dear you save my fingers from taking the pain...
How much Kms you have driven so far? Also is this car comes with engine guard as Laura does ( Before initial few kms you can't pull it above 60/80 kmph, if I remember correctly)?
My Laura had it,but my chauffeur did first 200 kms,so I didn't faced it.
Also brakes should be good, not just satisfactory, made me ask, what was your last possesion?
Brakes are really impressive and with a touch of ABS
,they are great.also the 185 section Apollo Acceleres do their job quite well too.
Also tell us about accessories you have purchased, along with dealership experience.
Well,Skoda dealership experience is always great and I am sure same will be here too.
Enjoy many happy miles. I think you are the first owner of rapid on TAI. |
Congrats once again.
++1 again..Madan you are a good guy,my fingers are happy now...