The recently launched Skoda Rapid Rider may well have been the performance bargain of the year, but we think this new variant, the Rider Plus, is worth taking a look at. The Skoda Rapid Rider Plus has been launched at an introductory price of Rs 7.99 lakh, ex-showroom, India, and offers some thoughtful extras.
Let’s get the cosmetic changes out of the way, the Rider Plus gets chrome garnish on the windows, decals on its side skirts, B pillars painted in gloss black and a trunk lip garnish. Inside, it gets a touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, automatic climate control with dust and pollen filter, rear AC vents and adjustable headrests up front. For the marginal price increase over the base Rapid variant, the Rapid Plus offers a whole lot more convenience.
As for performance, the Rapid Rider Plus is still powered by the new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder TSI engine. It produces 108 bhp and 17.84 kgm of torque, which is sent to the wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. We think this might be our new favourite variant in the Rapid lineup.