Ford EcoSport vs Skoda Rapid

The engine is mated to slick five-speed manual tranny. The throws are short and smooth. And the ratios are well sorted. And it’s quite efficient too – 14.5kpl in mixed conditions. While the Rapid wins in terms of performance, the EcoSport’s high ground clearance and practical SUV usability come to the rescue of this little American.

Skoda has clearly worked on the ride when it adapted the Rapid from the Vento. It’s not as wallowy as the Vento’s, but even with that, it doesn’t absorb bumps as easily as the EcoSport does. And there’s roll around corners.

The Rapid never had a feature list to brag about, but Skoda recently launched a special edition with reversing cam and sensors, satnav and new faux leather seat covers. But it still lacks essentials like Bluetooth connectivity and steering-mounted controls.