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SKODA Rapid Spaceback

  • tickAffordable to buy and run
  • tickRoomy cabin and a big boot
  • tickDecent levels of equipment

Skoda Rapid Spaceback hatchback (2017 - )

The Rapid Spaceback is a classic example of Skoda’s philosophy, ‘Simply Clever’. Offering loads of car for your money, it’s priced on par with most superminis, yet offers roughly similar levels of space to cars from the class above. It’s also a reasonably capable car in most areas. Pleasant enough to drive, thanks to nimble handling and nippy performance from its three-cylinder petrol engine, it’s a decent all round proposition, even if it is ultimately let down by an agitated ride and rudimentary interior quality.
Our verdict

Is the SKODA Rapid Spaceback a good car?

How we rated this car out of 5 on the following

SKODA Rapid Spaceback interior

Space, materials, boot size and comfort.

SKODA Rapid Spaceback performance

Power, handling, fuel and range.

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SKODA Rapid Spaceback equipment

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The Rapid Spaceback represents a bit of a half-way house between the Fabia supermini and the larger Octavia hatchback. Sitting behind the wheel, there’s a good range of steering wheel and seat adjustment. Overall, the cabin has a reasonably sophisticated, grown-up look, thanks to glossy dashboard and door inlays, and chrome door handles. The interior plastics look a little brittle and flimsy in places, but the assembly is accurate and solid. However, if you touch anything, you’ll discover all the plastics are extremely hard. This is particularly noticeable and rather uncomfortable if you accidentally rub your elbow against the door, or when travelling with your knee resting against the granite-like centre console.

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