For The Skoda Rapid Spaceback is relatively practical, and some versions are well priced. The 1.2-litre petrol engines are smooth and flexible.
Against The regular Rapid is even more practical yet costs less to buy, while similarly priced rivals are classier, more comfortable and more refined. Entry-level versions miss out on important kit.
What Car? says
If you're on a shoestring and need lots of space, the regular Skoda Rapid makes much more sense than this Skoda Rapid Spaceback. Otherwise, the Kia Ceed and Seat Leon are better buys.
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There are 23 Skoda Rapid versions available
Target Price team says:
The Skoda Rapid Spaceback is designed to be the spacious, cheap car for people who think the regular Rapid is a little too spacious and not quite stylish enough. The problem is, the Spaceback costs more than its larger sibling, despite suffering from the same uncomfortable ride and a low-rent cabin.
The cheapest petrol version (the 1.2 TSI 85 S) has some merit, because while it doesn't come with much equipment, it does at least undercut rivals such as the Seat Leon and Skoda's own Octavia on price.
However, other Rapid Spacebacks aren't such good value because they're too expensive to buy. The 1.2 TSI 105 model, for example, costs about the same as an equivalent Octavia or Leon.
The diesels make little sense as company cars, either, because they emit more CO2 than many rivals, placing them in a higher company car tax band.