Skoda Rapid vs Verna Comparison Review

Hyundai Verna vs Skoda Rapid Comparison Review:



Pricing & Features Comparison:  
Verna's range-topping variant, the ‘SX (O)' diesel-manual, retails for 14.5 Lakh Rs. on road Delhi. Skoda Rapid's 'Style' manual-diesel, retails for 13.7 Lakh Rs, making it 80,000 Rs. cheaper than the equivalent Verna.
Both cars offer couple of extra features that are absent in the other, the Verna 'SX O' offers additional features like Parking Camera, Push Button Start & Smart Key and Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps. Rapid on the other hand offers just two extra features over the Verna, which are Remote Controlled Window Operation and LED Daytime Running Lights.

Pricing of other Variants:

Petrol - Manual:
Rapid Style - 12.10 Lakh
Verna SX (O) - 12.50 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic:
Rapid Style AT - 13.25 Lakh
Verna SX AT - 12.25 Lakh

Diesel - Automatic:
Rapid Style AT - 15.05 Lakh
Verna SX (O) AT - 15.40 Lakh

Common Features: ABS, Airbags-2, AC, Power Steering, Power Windows, Central Locking, Keyless Entry, Parking Sensors, Stereo: FM, Aux, Bluetooth + 4 Speakers, Steering Wheel Switches, Electrically Adjustable Mirrors, Electrically Folding Mirrors, Rear Defogger, Auto-up Anti-Pinch Driver’s Window, Fog Lamps, Touchscreen, Navigation, Driver’s Seat Height Adjust, Automatic Climate Control, Alloy Wheels, Cruise Control, Rain Sensing Wipers, Projector Headlamps, Auto Dimming Inside Mirror, Rear AC Vents, Leather Upholstery, Telescopic Steering Adjustment

Extra Features in Rapid (Style): Remote Controlled Window Operation, LED DRLs

Extra Features in Verna (SX O): Parking Camera, Push Button Start & Smart Key, Automatic Light Sensing Headlamps

Fuel Efficiency Comparison:
Verna petrol-manual, has an ARAI certified mileage of 17.4 kmpl, which is 2 kmpl more than Rapid's mileage of 15.4 kmpl. The Vento petrol-automatic has ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 17.1 kmpl, which is 2.3 kmpl more than the Rapid's efficiency of 14.8 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests the Verna manual was just half a kmpl more efficient than the manual Rapid, while the Verna automatic was actually half a kmpl less efficient than the Rapid AT.

Verna diesel-manual, has an ARAI certified mileage of 24.8 kmpl, which is 3.7 kmpl more than Rapid's mileage of 21.1 kmpl. The Verna diesel-automatic has ARAI certified fuel efficiency of 23.9 kmpl, which is just, 0.2 kmpl lower than the Rapid's efficiency of 21.7 kmpl. In our back-to-back tests both the manual diesels were just as efficient as each other, while the Rapid automatic was consistently 1 kmpl more efficient than the automatic Verna.

ARAI Mileage (kmpl):
Petrol - Manual:
Rapid - 15.41 kmpl
Verna - 17.4 kmpl

Petrol - Automatic:
Rapid - 14.84 kmpl
Verna - 17.1 kmpl

Diesel - Manual
Rapid - 21.13 kmpl
Verna - 24.8 kmpl

Diesel - Automatic:
Rapid - 21.72 kmpl
Verna - 23.9 kmpl

Fuel Cost: (for 75,000 km)
Petrol - Manual:
Rapid - 5.05 Lakh
Verna - 4.50 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic:
Rapid - 5.25 Lakh
Verna - 4.55 Lakh

Diesel - Manual
Rapid - 3.10 Lakh
Verna - 2.65 Lakh

Diesel - Automatic:
Rapid - 3.00 kmpl
Verna - 2.75 kmpl

Performance & Drivability Comparison:
Petrol:
Verna seems more powerful than the Rapid on paper, but in reality, there's hardly any difference in their on road performance. Low end torque is on the weaker side and both engines need to be revved hard to extract any semblance of performance from them. Refinement is to notch and difference is only apparent in the to end of the rev range where the Verna has a clear advantage over the Rapid.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Verna -113, Rapid – 92
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Verna - 142, Rapid – 135


Power (PS@rpm): Verna – 123@6400, Rapid – 105@5250
Torque (Nm@rpm): Verna – 155@4200, Rapid – 153@3750
Kerb Weight (kg): Verna - 1090, Rapid – 1137

Diesel:
Among the diesels, the Verna again likes far superior on the spec sheet, but in reality suffers from massive turbo lag. City driving becomes a nuisance due to the constants gearshifts that are required to keep the turbo spinning along. The Rapid on the other hand has excellent drivability right from 1500 rpm onwards, but it's refinement remains a shade lower than the Verna.

Power to Weight Ratio (PS/ton): Verna - 108, Rapid –91
Torque to Weight Ratio (Nm/ton): Verna - 218, Rapid – 207


Power (PS@rpm): Verna – 128@4000, Rapid – 110@4000
Torque (Nm@rpm): Verna – 260@1900-2750, Rapid – 250@1500-2500
Kerb Weight (kg): Verna - 1190, Rapid – 1210

Handling & Ride Quality Comparison:
The Verna is no match to the Rapid when it comes to driving dynamics. The Rapid has a typical European underpinnings, characterized by well controlled body roll, excellent mechanical grip and rock solid stability on the highways. Even the steering is noticeably well-weighted, while the ride is a little firm at low speeds but improves as the speeds rise. Verna on the other is too softly sprung, making it jittery while going over a series of bumps and its excessively light, lifeless steering failing to instill any confidence at highway speeds.

Ground Clearance (mm): Verna – 165, Rapid - 163

Wheelbase (mm): Verna – 2570, Rapid - 2552

Tyre Size:
Verna: 185/65R15 (S), 195/55R16 (SX, SX O)
Rapid: 185/60R15

Space & Comfort Comparison:
Both cars are more or less identical in terms of cabin space. Verna scores a couple of brownie points over the Rapid for better knee-room and leg-room at the rear. The Rapid fights back with firm cushioning and superior ergonomics, making it relatively more fatigue-free on the longer drives. Both cars have superbly crafted interiors, with top-notch materials and outstanding fit-finish.

Boot-space (lit): Verna - 465, Rapid - 460

Length (mm): Verna – 4375, Rapid - 4413                                                                     
Width (mm): Verna – 1700, Rapid - 1699
Height (mm): Verna – 1475, Rapid - 1466

Reliability & After Sales Service Comparison:
Skoda India has made a total mess of its service operations in our country. It is sad to see a brand like Skoda which regularly tops quality surveys like JD Power in Europe, languish at the bottom of the heap in India, all thanks to good-for-nothing, old timers that were given the responsibility of setting up professional service operations in the country, but who chose the dealers who would give them the most kickbacks instead. In stark contrast, the Koreans have maintained a vice-like grip over their dealers for the past two decades and continue to obsessively micromanage the service network, resulting in one of the most trusted automotive brands in the country for customer service, second only to Maruti.

Resale & Cost of Ownership Comparison:
This particular generation of Verna, has reached the fag end of its life-cycle, soon to be replaced by a thoroughly refreshed model in a matter of months. The Rapid on the other hand is brand-spanking-new. This is bound to negate Hyundai's reliability and after sales service advantage over the Rapid to an extent that both will fetch similar asking price in the used car market after a usage of 5 to 7 years.

Overall, both cars work out to be roughly similar in terms of overall ownership cost. However, even a few unscheduled visits to the service centre can push the ownership costs of Skoda to a much higher level than the Hyundai.

Resale Value (after usage of 5 to 7 years)
Petrol - Manual:
Rapid Style - 4.50 Lakh
Verna SX (O) - 4.75 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic:
Rapid Style AT - 4.25 Lakh
Verna SX AT - 4.00 Lakh

Diesel - Manual:
Rapid Style - 4.50 Lakh
Verna SX (O) - 4.50 Lakh

Diesel - Automatic:
Rapid Style AT - 4.25 Lakh
Verna SX (O) AT - 4.25 Lakh

Total Cost of Ownership (Price + Fuel Cost – Resale Value)
Petrol - Manual:
Rapid Style - 12.65 Lakh
Verna SX (O) - 12.25 Lakh

Petrol - Automatic:
Rapid Style AT - 14.25 Lakh
Verna SX AT - 12.80 Lakh

Diesel - Manual:
Rapid Style - 12.30 Lakh
Verna SX (O) - 12.65 Lakh

Diesel - Automatic:
Rapid Style AT - 13.80 Lakh
Verna SX (O) AT - 13.90 Lakh

Verdict:
The Skoda Rapid is the clear winner of this test. Technically, it is a far superior automobile than the Verna, thanks to better drivability & dynamics, making it the automatic choice of the enthusiasts. It matches the Verna in terms of pricing as well as gadgets and gizmos. It is also just as good as the Verna in terms of space and betters it in terms of comfort. It may not be the safe choice in this test, but it is definitely the more entertaining choice in this comparison.

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