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.

Skoda Rapid Hatchback
33 5stars

The Skoda Rapid offers lots of space for not much money. Many rivals are quieter and more comfortable, though.

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The full Skoda Rapid review


There are 26 Skoda Rapid versions available

Hatchback 1.2 75 S 5dr £13,350 TBA
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 86 S 5dr £14,140
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 86 GreenTech S 5dr £14,390
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 86 SE 5dr £15,090
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 86 GreenTech SE 5dr £15,340
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 SE 5dr £15,790
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 Sport 5dr £15,840
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 90 S 5dr £16,015
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 GreenTech SE 5dr £16,040
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 Elegance 5dr £16,540
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 S 5dr £16,590
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 GreenTech Elegance 5dr £16,790
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 90 SE 5dr £16,965
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 E 5dr £17,145
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 90 GreenTech SE 5dr £17,215
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr £17,540
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 122 SE DSG 5dr £17,585
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 122 GreenTech SE DSG 5dr £17,705
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 90 Elegance 5dr £17,715
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 GreenTech SE 5dr £17,790
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 90 GreenTech Elegance 5dr £17,965
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 90 GreenLine 5dr £17,975
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 Elegance 5dr £18,290
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 122 Elegance DSG 5dr £18,335
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.4 TSI 122 GreenTech Elegance 5dr £18,455
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 GreenTech Elegance 5dr £18,540
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

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:

Skoda Rapid Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 GreenTech SE 5dr

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…

Stuart Moon

3 out of 5 stars

Skoda Rapid Hatchback 1.2 TSI 86 GreenTech SE 5dr

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…

Guy Thompson

5 out of 5 stars

Skoda Rapid Hatchback 1.2 TSI 105 SE 5dr

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…

Paul Bailey

2 out of 5 stars

Skoda Rapid Hatchback 1.6 TDI 105 Elegance 5dr

Earlier this year I brought a Skoda Rapid Elegance with the 1.6 TDI 105PS engine. I bought it after doing my homework diligently, and knowing someone…

Stephen Green

5 out of 5 stars
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