The Skoda Rapid was the car that was made as a rebadged version of the Volkswagen Vento but actually it competes with rivals like Honda City and the Hyundai Verna. Buying experience is something that I cannot tell as I have not yet bought it but of course I am an enthusiast by heart who loves cars and bikes and reviewing is a passion.
Had an experience with it but through a walk around. Talking about it's cabin, Skoda had managed well to offer space but at the rear, 2 adults can sit comfortably as this is a perfect seater. Comfort from seats is good and of course you get some useful features too like cruise control, rain sensing wipers, auto headlamps and safety is great but it has only 4 airbags. It's not about features but it's about the enthusiastic driving.
It's a fact that nothing can match an i-VTEC motor in terms of performance but for fun on 3-cylinders, a Turbocharged petrol is surely exciting and the Volkswagen group's TSI motor is just great. Manual is an advantage for the Rapid as Hyundai Verna also has turbo petrol engine but lacks on a manual because it's mated to DCT. It's not powerful like Verna on paper but surely pickup during initial acceleration is surely exciting as the engine is very torquier.
Not driven the car but this analysis is based on on paper comparison with other cars. Other cars are about tech and this is about fun. Go for i-VTEC motor if you want a high revving 4-cylinder engine with emotion otherwise for turbocharged fun Rapid is just enough. One positive that is there is of course build quality and here also Skoda Rapid excels. Overall a great car if you ignore features and have fun with it.