…quite a lot if the first one is from India and the second one from Europe.
As a service to our eagle-eyed readers I have looked up details on the Skoda Rapid’s Indian and European incarnations. I am a bit embarrassed I did not spot the fact I posted an Indian-market Rapid instead of a European one. The Indian Rapid has two engine options: a 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol and a 1.5 litre four cylinder diesel. They turn out 77 kW or 104 PS respectively.
It has front discs and rear drum brakes. The front axles have McPherson struts with lower triangular links and torsion stabilisers. The rear is a compound crank axle. The wheel base stretches 2552 mm. Lengthiness: 4386 mm; and there are 1699 mm to be found crammed between the sides while the summit lies at 1466 mm above ground level. The fuel tank holds 55 litres. Kerb weight is 1145 kg.
Turning to the European Rapid, it has a 1.2 TSI petrol good for 90 PS and our old friend the 1.4 TSI petrol cranking out 125 PS. The diesels are comprised of a 1.4 TDI with 90 PS on tap and a 1.6 capable of producing 115 PS. The wheel base is 2602 mm (longer than the Indian one by 50 mm). Length is 4483 mm, width 1706 and height is 1461 mm. Details on the suspension and brakes are well hidden at Skoda’s UK website and I didn’t feel like rooting around for a whole morning to find them.
For completeness’ sake here are the stats for the VW Polo (which is not available as a saloon in the UK). The wheelbase is 2470 mm. Length 3970mm, width 1682 (not including mirrors), height 1453-1462 mm.
Those wheelbases again:
VW Polo: 2470 mm .Rapid India: 2552 mm. Rapid Europe: 2602 mm. And the 2007 Fabia has a wheelbase of 2462 mm. That’s four different figures. Isn’t it remarkable that Skoda could not hold the Indian Rapid’s wheelbase to that of the car it was evidently based on. 10 mm is not a small difference but it still means a lot of work in elongating some parts which could have been carried over.
Skoda UK’s evasive website is discouraging whereas Skoda India’s was very easy to navigate and had quite a cheerful feeling to it.