1: Thrilling Power Delivery
This new 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, turbo-petrol motor makes 110bhp and a rather healthy 175Nm of torque. It lays down all that power on the road through a new six-speed manual transmission. Off the mark, you can instantly spot the tachometer needle twitching to the red-line.
This rev-happy motor unleashes its output in a linear manner with hardly any three-cylinder thrum. Just level the revs over 1600rpm to keep the turbo on-boost, and enjoy the thrilling acceleration with a particularly strong mid-range. What you need to know is that it’s marginally quicker to reach 100kmph than the all-new Honda City, and a substantial 2.4 seconds quicker in the 40-100kmph in-gear drivability test (fourth gear).
2: Solid Build and Spot-on Ergonomics
Step into the new Rapid and you will appreciate the fact that the cabin is well put together, boasting of great build quality- which is what everyone truly expects from a brand like this. But that’s not all. The familiar cabin may not be deemed ‘exciting’, but the dash’s clean design-lines inadvertently give room to an uncluttered layout that smartly translates into an ergonomically well-laid-out dash. One with large buttons and accessible controls which allow one to get accustomed to, almost instantly.
3: Dynamic Handling
Another facet that you instantly take a liking to, is the steering. There’s just the right amount of heft. Neither is it too light, nor too heavy. But you can’t tag it as ‘quick’ steering as it has about two-and three-quarter turns from lock-to-lock.
And it certainly makes up for that by being quite accurate. So regardless of whether it’s you negotiating into a parking space, or maybe wriggling your way through a tight confine. Or, even for that matter, attacking a high speed bend. There’s enough response transmitted to give you the mettle to push it to its limits, without breaking a sweat.
4: Comfortable and Practical Cabin
Upfront, one can easily arrive at a comfortable driving position that’s aided not only by the adequate support from the height-adjustable seats and variable steering, but also via the ample leg, shoulder, and headroom. Even the rear bench is a pretty comfortable place to be in, thanks to the liberal knee- and foot-room, and enough shoulder room for three average-sized adults to fit.
Besides that, everything in this cabin is well within reach, be it any of the controls or even the placement of the infotainment system. Storage is also effortlessly taken care of by the cubby space in the centre console, some inside the driver’s armrest for a wallet or a phone, the generously-sized glove box, and some more in the door pad.
5: Spacious Boot
Now, when it comes to boot space, we have to admit that there’s a lot of room in the boot enclosure. Not just for three medium-sized suitcases, but all of your wife’s shopping bags, and home flora requirements too. Oh, and yes, your children’s soft toys or anything else they can come up with. Importantly, one need not struggle to lift heavy luggage far off the ground as the loading lip is low, thanks to it being a sedan. So, it scores high here.