For Lots of space inside, as well as a huge boot. Prices undercut those of a similarly-equipped Ford Focus or VW Golf
Against The ride can be uncomfortable and there’s too much wind noise at motorway speeds.
The Skoda Rapid is a fine car that should represent excellent value for money
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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 S.
That said, if you're a company car driver you'll probably want to wait for the GreenTech version, due early next year. This will emit 104g/km of CO2, which means relatively low monthly tax bills.
The 1.2 TSI 85 S is roomy, economical and good to drive, as well as being excellent value for money. It’s our pick of the range.