Our cars: Skoda Rapid - June
Week ending June 28
Driven this week 319
Skoda Rapid review
I used the Skoda Rapid to take my sister and mum out this week, and sadly the feedback was decidedly lukewarm.
The first thing my sister did when she got in the front was run her hand over the inside of the door. 'What do you think?' I asked. 'It feels a bit cheap and plasticky, doesn’t it?' was the reply.
Maybe things would be more positive from my mum in the rear seats. They were! Well, sort of. 'The seat is more comfortable than the one up front; there's more support for your back. The ride is still bumpy, though.'
Ah yes, the ride. None of us were impressed with the jostling you get in the Rapid, even on roads that look pretty well surfaced. The amount of road noise is another issue.
Hmm, this doesn't bode well for the 200-mile evening dash to Devon I've got planned this week. I’ll let you know how I get on.
Week ending June 21
Driven this week 378
The Skoda Rapid's boot has been tasked with its first major job: taking my bike with both wheels still on.
Given how much space there is when you fold down the rear seats, I’m not surprised the Skoda managed the bike without a problem. The boot opening is also wide, so it was easy to get the bike in; many cars have a big boot but a restricted opening, which makes loading and unloading bulky items tricky.
So the Rapid is big, but it’s not particularly clever. The rear seatbases don’t move, which means the seatbacks simply drop down on top of them, creating an angled step in the boot floor. That’s fine when I’m moving a bike, but I can see it being an issue if I’ve got furniture to move.
Funnily enough, that’s exactly what I’ve got planned soon, so I’ll report how well the Rapid copes with a more awkward and fragile load.
By Barnaby Jones