Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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Skoda Rapid Hatchback
6 reader reviews for Skoda Rapid Hatchback.
  • 1.2 TSI 105 SE 5dr

    William Read , . Date: 30/07/2015
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      48

    My car

    I purchased this 12 month old ex-rental Rapid from my usual dealer, Faintree Skoda of Telford, where I have been customer since 1988. It has been excellent in all respects; comfortable, reliable and economical; on a good long distance run I can achieve 53mpg. This was my first second-hand car since 1982, and have not regretted taking the dealer's advice, and saved myself a lot of money, for no significant drawbacks.

  • 1.6 TDI 105 GreenTech SE 5dr

    Stuart Moon , Devon . Date: 21/03/2015
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      46

    My car

    I test drove a Rapid prior to ordering one...suffice to say its not for me. It's a pleasant enough drive and the basics are all fitted but it is very basic in its 'Green' guise. And you can't load it up with options to lessen the bargain basement austerity, its cheaper to buy an Octavia instead. If you are like me long body, shorter legs; the seat to pedals and wheel is completely wrong and won't adjust out...you bash your head on the cant-rail/door frame getting in and out. The seat padding under the thigh is too hard and the padding in the seat itself too soft so feel like you are sitting on something hard inside the seat's frame. The rear view mirror gives a good view of the parcel shelf or headlining or back seat but not much of what is outside, which I was always told was of some importance. The under-trimmed and lacking interior should be on par with the or better than the Fabia which is cheaper. So to sum up its a not so clever car from Skoda, which is a shame because on paper it makes so much sense.

  • 1.2 TSI 86 GreenTech SE 5dr

    Guy Thompson , Surrey . Date: 25/09/2014
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      57

    My car

    I've had this car for exactly 1 year now,from new, and can't recommend it enough. I've used it for a 100 mile daily commute (50 miles each way) so racked up a fair amount of time in the vehicle.

    Pros - Average of 55-60 mpg (this is on the M25 where sometimes its stop-start movement). On an entirely free run, I have got 65mpg - and this is a petrol motor. - A single tank (costing ~£60 to fill) will drive you almost 550 miles. - First service (after 10,000 miles) had no parts in need of replacement (and the first 3 services are free with the car) - I love the VW gearbox, so easy to use and a bit forgiving on steep slopes or on those days where you forget to change down to 1st gear at a roundabout. - 86HP Engine in punchy enough for general use, but I'd love to try the 105 HP version. - Tons of boot space - I've yet to have reason to fold the back seats down as the boot is amply big enough. - I find the seats comfortable but a lumbar support would have been welcome

    Cons - Wind Noise is noticeable at about 50mph, although the music system does drown this out - You do feel the road more than some other cars, although this does mean you can tell when its of poor condition and alter your driving accordingly - The seats could use an adjustable lumbar support

    All in all its a great family car, its cheap to buy and run. Its got storage for lots of luggage, but its definitely not a boy racer-mobile. So if you want to do 0-60 in 8 seconds - you wouldn't be considering

  • 1.2 TSI 105 SE 5dr

    Paul Bailey , Beds . Date: 29/07/2014
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    After my trusty Astra died on me after 10 years service I was in desperate need of a car. I did some research and I purchased a 1 year old Skoda 1.2 SE. There is alot to like about this car but the positives are outweighed by the negatives. First the positives. Its very roomy and I am impressed with the economy. I am getting 45 to 50 mpg which is excellent for mixed motoring in the rush hour. The car has lots of useful equipement-Cruise control, all round electric windows, air bags galore, remote central locking with alarm and a very good stereo. Now the negatives. The ride has got to be one of the worst I have encountered in 30 years of driving. Its firm and jiggly and you bounce around in your seat, even on the smoothest of roads. Its just not smooth and always feels very unsettled. Shame as it is a big negative and has spoilt my enjoyment of the car. The interior is roomy but there is evidence of cost cutting. The drivers window is one shot electric down. Not up. My old Astra had both as standard. The door mouldings are flimsy and the door handle seems to flex in use although it is supposidly "metal". A ski hatch is optional, as are steering wheel audio controls. Everday equipment is also missing though. I can live with the scratchy, hard plastic dashboard.I am not impressed with the overall build. This is my first Skoda and after the lack of communication from the Skoda dealer (and the complete indifference and unhelpful attitude of Skoda head office) it will be my last.

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