Skoda Rapid video review
What might also surprise you is that, although the Rapid looks like a saloon, it's actually a hatchback, with the emphasis on space as much as it is on low prices.
There are four petrol engines to choose from: a 1.2 with 74bhp, a turbocharged 1.2 with 85bhp or 104bhp, plus a 120bhp turbocharged 1.4. The only diesel engine currently available is a 104bhp 1.6 TDI.
Apart from the 74bhp petrol, all engines are available as Greentech models that feature stop-start technology. The cleanest model emits 106g/km CO2 and does average economy of 70.6mpg.
There are three trims: S, SE and Elegance. All models get remote central locking, curtain airbags, daytime running lights and electric front windows. SE trim adds 15-inch alloys, air-conditioning and Bluetooth. The range-topping Elegance models gain 16-inch alloys, front foglamps, cruise control, and rear electric windows.
In this class of car, the Skoda Rapid has some accomplished rivals such as the Ford Focus and VW Golf – so how does it measure up? Watch the video review to get What Car?'s verdict.
By Ed Callow