For There's lots of space inside, as well as a huge boot. Prices undercut those of a similarly equipped Hyundai i30 or Kia Ceed.
Against The ride is uncomfortable, the cabin materials feel cheap and there’s too much road and wind noise.
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The Skoda Rapid offers lots of space for not much money. Many rivals are quieter and more comfortable, though.
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There are 26 Skoda Rapid versions available
Target Price team says:
The Skoda Rapid sits between the Fabia and Octavia in the company’s range. However, it’s much closer in size to the larger of those two cars; in fact, it’s some 30cm longer than the Volkswagen Golf, something that results in excellent internal space.
What may well also surprise you is that, although the Rapid looks more like a saloon in pictures, it is actually a hatchback, with the emphasis on space as much as it is on low prices.
As you would expect from Skoda’s high-value brand image, prices are extremely competitive. However, only the cheaper versions make any real sense; the range-topping models are too pricey. That's why our favourite version is the 1.2 TSI 85 SE.
That said, if you're a company car driver you'll want the Greentech version, which emits less CO2 and so will cost you less in tax.
Reader test team says:
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…
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…
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…
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…