Skoda Rapid Spaceback

Skoda Rapid Spaceback Motability car sideThe Skoda Rapid Spaceback is entering a congested and fiercely competitive sector of the motoring world; the two big players are the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf but you also have the likes of the Hyundai i30, Vauxhall Astra, Kia Cee’d, Seat Leon and the brand new Peugeot 308. So can the Spaceback compete? Not really is the quick answer, but while there is nothing to make the Spaceback stand out against the competition in many ways that is its charm, (the panoramic glass roof is a £1000 extra).  The Exterior of the Spaceback is quite plain looking and the inside quite dull (there are no big touchscreen pads with integrated sat nav as in the 308), the boot at 415 litres is neither the smallest or largest and it’s not as much fun to drive as the Focus but handles well enough. So if you are just after a practical car with excellent rear passenger space and your local garage is a Skoda dealership then the Spaceback makes for a very considered choice.

 

Skoda Rapid Spaceback Motability car inside

The Rapid Spaceback comes in three trim levels, the ‘S’, ‘SE Sport’ and ‘SE Tech’, Air-conditioning is standard across the range, along with curtain airbags, front electric windows and a height and reach adjustable steering column. SE Tech models feature 16″ alloy wheels, acoustic rear parking sensors, cruise control, Bluetooth telephone connection, Sat Nav, DAB radio and Climate control, SE Sport adds 17″ alloys, glass roof and sports seats. 

 

Skoda Rapid Spaceback Motability car boot

The engine for the Rapid is a three cylinder 1.0 petrol with either 93 or 108 bhp offering 62.8 and 61.4 miles per gallon respectively. We would choose the larger version as it offers a six speed manual gearbox as apposed to a five in the smaller car as well as being able to hit 62mph in 9.8 seconds compared to 11. For automatic drivers the the 95bhp petrol can be paired to a seven speed DSG dual clutch gearbox.

Summer Best Buy – Skoda Rapid Spaceback ‘SE Tech’ 1.0 petrol 108 bhp 6 speed manual   –  £145 Advance Payment (£59.62 wpms)

Summer Best Buy – Skoda Rapid Spaceback ‘SE Tech’ 1.0 petrol 93bhp  7 speed DSG Automatic   –  £495 Advance Payment (£59.96 wpms)