Community Speak: Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento or Nissan Sunny

Now this is a question that many looking for a good diesel sedan are likely to trip up on. CarToq community member Adesh Sarwan, wanted to pick between the Skoda Rapid, the Volkswagen Vento and the Nissan Sunny diesel. Adesh says he wants a car with minimal maintenance issues and last him a long time, and he should enjoy driving it.

What did our community think he should pick and why? Here are some reasons:

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Photo: Nissan Sunny diesel is big on space, easy on maintenance

CarToq member Himanshu Malik says, “If you are driving it yourself then pick Rapid else Sunny. Rapid is more value for money. Skoda is more established than VW in india. Rapid has a better ride quality than Vento, although Vento is just a little quicker than rapid.”

Himanshu has a point. The Rapid feels like a good car to drive, while the Sunny, with its ample rear-seat legroom and space, is a better car to be chauffeur driven in. Between the Rapid and the Vento, almost all the mechanicals are identical, but the Rapid is slightly cheaper and feels like it has a better suspension.

Yet there are niggling doubts about Skoda’s service, as CarToq Expert Babychen Mathew points out: “The only reason why I am a little doubtful about Rapid is because of Skoda’s past reputation for service. This has changed from what the community has told us and it is much better. So, if we assume that Skoda service is now no more a headache like years back, then Rapid makes total sense. Sunny is great, if space is what you want. Tall people? Long distance trips with family? Sunny’s space makes it all fun.”

Babychen too points to the space advantage in the Sunny and also that Skoda’s service appears to have improved.

Performance advantage

CarToq Expert Shreyans Jain points to the performance advantage of the Rapid and Vento over the Sunny, especially for highway trips: “If space and economy are the main requirements or if the car will primarily be used in the city, the Sunny is a better bet. However, if you are looking for performance or plan to use the car for highway trips, the VW cousins may suit you better because of their strong 1.6 engines. Among the two, the Rapid has a stiffer suspension and is more stable and comfortable at speed.”

The Rapid diesel is powered by a 1.6 litre common-rail diesel that puts out 105 bhp of power and 250 Nm of torque. The Sunny diesel has a 1.5-litre common-rail diesel that puts out 85 bhp of power and 200 Nm of torque. So in terms of performance the Rapid has an advantage.

Photo: Rapid is better in terms of performance

Value for money

Shreyans recommends the Rapid as the best of the lot in terms of performance, but since Adesh was looking for minimum maintenance hassles, Shreyans is inclined to recommend the Sunny: “The Rapid really is fun when its turbo is on song. It just pulls like a train. The car handles well and stability is good to. But as you say minimum maintenance, I am inclined to vote in favor of the Sunny. It will wow you with the space and the engine is pretty decent in itself. More importantly, you will not be shocked by regular well-in-5-figures service bills.”

The Sunny XV diesel is cheaper than the Rapid. The Rapid Elegance is priced at Rs. 9.50 lakh, while the Sunny diesel is at Rs. 8.95 lakh, and offers a few more features such as power fold mirrors, push button ignition and steering audio controls.

CarToq member Anupam Bhatnagar also agrees. He says: “Go for Sunny. It is value for money and maintenance cost is also low because it is a Japanese brand. Looks may be not attractive as Rapid.”

CarToq expert Siddhartha Mishra and CarToq member Davinder Singh Randhawa also recommend test driving the Linea diesel Dynamic when making a choice in this segment. They say it has more features and robust mechanicals, despite a few niggles.

Overall choice

Overall, for Adesh’s requirements, the Sunny appears to be the most recommended by CarToq members and experts. It is easy on maintenance, spacious and comfortable for city use.