Skoda Auto India has a variety of models in their portfolio. The Skoda Rapid mid-size sedan from the Czech manufacturer is currently the entry level model from the manufacturer. The Skoda Rapid currently competes with cars like Maruti Ciaz, Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Volkswagen Vento in the segment. The Skoda Rapid is a family sedan and is meant for comfortable city and highway drive. It is not a car that you would normally choose if you want to travel to places where there is literally no road. Here we have a video that shows a Skoda Rapid 1.0 turbo petrol version crossing a stream somewhere in the southern part of India.
The video has been uploaded by MUNDODI VLOGS on their youtube channel. The video is a short one that shows a Skoda Rapid approaching a stream and crossing it to the other side. The Skoda Rapid does it without much difficulties. The water was actually pretty deep and the bumper of the car was touching the water. There were rocks under the water as well. The driver slowly drives over the rocks and undulations to the other side safely. The was fully occupied with passengers and towards the end, a Honda City is also seen on the other side. It looks like the City had also crossed the same water crossing minutes ago and were waiting for the Skoda Rapid to come across.
The Skoda Rapid is a family sedan and has a ground clearance of 163 mm. This is not much these water crossings can get extremely dangerous. As the ground clearance of the sedan class vehicles are low in comparison to the SUVs and the possibilities of them getting stuck in such a place are higher. The driver has no idea about the road that is submerged under water, there will be rock that can easily hit the bottom of the car and get stuck.
In this video, the level of water is not that high, if the water level was more, the current could have easily pushed the car off the track. Another problem that one might face while making water crossing is the water ruining the electricals. If the water manages to get inside, the car, then it might even get your car hydro locked which is an expensive and time consuming thing to repair. In short, it is not recommended to cross streams and rivers in a sedan class car.
Coming back to the Skoda Rapid itself, the manufacturer had launched an updated BS6 version of the sedan in the market last year. In comparison to the older BS4 model no cosmetic changes have been made to the Sedan from the outside and inside. It gets a new set of alloy wheels and boot spoiler. The model seen in the video is Onyx version which gets a different shade interiors and Lapiz Blue shade for the exterior. Skoda Rapid 1.0 is powered by a 1.0 litre turbocharged petrol engine that generates 110 Ps and 175 Nm of torque. It is available with a 6-speed manual and 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission. It now generates more power and is more fuel efficient than the older BS4 engine option.