Spot the differences – 2013 Skoda Octavia Vs 2012 Skoda Rapid

Posted on: Feb 9, 2013 - 10:30am IST

Family identity is being given utmost importance by many auto manufacturers when they sketch a new design.

Skoda Octavia Vs Skoda Rapid frontSkoda Octavia Vs Skoda Rapid rear

In the quest of making their cars instantly recognizable, are they ending up making all products too similar for their own good? Well, let us take the example of the 2013 Skoda Octavia and the European Skoda Rapid launched last year.

Both new cars use the same design language which we will see in future Skodas as well. We always thought that the Octavia’s dimensions would help it differentiate itself from the cheaper and smaller sibling, the Rapid, until we saw these pictures at

Skoda Octavia Vs Skoda Rapid front quarterSkoda Octavia Vs Skoda Rapid rear quarter

To our surprise, we were hard pressed to recognize the cars! So close is the design resemblance. The front fascias are strikingly similar. For your information, the car on the left (in the first picture) is the European Rapid and the one on the right is the new Octavia.

Save for a few subtle differences in the front grill and the headlamp outline there is almost nothing that sets the front fascias visually apart. The front bumpers have similar constituents. A closer look reveals that the Octavia’s chin is a wee bit sharper than that of the Rapid.

Skoda Octavia Vs Skoda Rapid front headlampsSkoda Octavia Vs Skoda Rapid rear tail lights

Coming to the side, both cars feature almost clean sheets of metal and again the differences are hard to catch. The Octavia’s rear quarter window has an upward kink while Rapid takes a more conventional route. Of course the Octavia is lengthier.

The rear isn’t any better. The duo again perplexes an average beholder who would have a hard time in identifying the models in one glance. The tail lamp elements have a similar kind of detailing but the Rapid’s units are a little curvaceous while the Octavia relies on straight lines. The boot lids look like they are interchangeable and so do the bumpers. However, the Octavia’s rear bumper has reflectors.

While the family look lends a definitive identity for the brand as a whole, it steals away the exclusivity of an individual product. Don’t you think that the car makers should put that extra bit of an effort to make each of their cars look unique?


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9 thoughts on “Spot the differences – 2013 Skoda Octavia Vs 2012 Skoda Rapid

  1. Ankit goyal says:

    When this rapid come

  2. Aditya says:

    Does the skoda rapid sold in india today comes with new skoda family design language?

  3. Ravi says:

    The same happens with vento and new jetta too.
    I am a trained eye, still I cannot distinguish them at one glance leave alone a regular guy.

    They should learn from BMW. How all bmws look similar but no two look the same!!!

  4. Nishanth M K says:

    Is there any chance of launching 2013 rapid in India?… I would definitely go for it if it come to India.
    Plz answer me if anyone knows the details..
    thank u..

  5. pandi says:

    Thanks shrawan, since i am seriously waiting this model in india. This model is going to launch next week in singapore. so i could test drive next week itself.

  6. Haleem says:

    When VW Group wants to dominate the auto world with multiple brands like Audi,VW, Skoda, Seat then its hard for them to differentiate between the them designwise and all their models resemble each other with similar narrow horizontal slatlike headlamps and only LED to make the tail lamps stand apart.

    At least SEAT with its Spanish roots has somewhat original design among the brands.

  7. Pandi says:

    When will expect this rapid in India to replace the current one?

    1. Hi Pandi, I believe the European Rapid, if it comes to India, will sell alongside the Indian Rapid.


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As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!