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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.

Skoda Rapid Spaceback
22 5stars

If you're on a shoestring and need lots of space, the regular Skoda Rapid makes much more sense. Otherwise, the Kia Ceed and Seat Leon are better buys.

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There are 23 Skoda Rapid versions available

Spaceback 1.2 TSI 86 S 5dr £14,340
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.2 TSI 86 Greentech S 5dr £14,590 TBA
Spaceback 1.2 TSI 86 SE 5dr £15,480
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.2 TSI 86 Greentech SE 5dr £15,730 TBA
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 90 S 5dr £16,140
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.2 TSI 105 SE 5dr £16,180
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.2 TSI 105 Greentech SE 5dr £16,430 TBA
Spaceback 1.2 TSI 105 Elegance 5dr £16,640
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 105 S 5dr £16,790 TBA
Spaceback 1.2 TSI 105 Greentech Elegance 5dr £16,890 TBA
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 90 GreenLine 5dr £17,195
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 90 SE 5dr £17,280
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 90 GreenTech SE 5dr £17,530
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 90 Elegance 5dr £17,740
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 105 SE 5dr £17,930 TBA
Spaceback 1.4 TSI 122 SE DSG 5dr £17,980 TBA
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 90 GreenTech Elegance 5dr £17,990
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.4 TSI 122 Greentech SE DSG 5dr £18,105 TBA
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 105 Greentech SE 5dr £18,180 TBA
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 105 Elegance 5dr £18,390 TBA
Spaceback 1.4 TSI 122 Elegance DSG 5dr £18,440 TBA
Spaceback 1.4 TSI 122 G'tech Elegance DS 5dr £18,565 TBA
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 105 Greentech Elegance 5dr £18,640 TBA

Buyer's notes

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 class leaders, such as the Seat Leon and Skoda's own Octavia, on price.

However, other Rapid Spacebacks aren't such good value, because while they do come with plenty of standard kit, they're too expensive to buy. The 1.2 TSI 105 model, for example, costs about the same as an equivalent Octavia or Seat Leon.

The diesels make little sense as company cars, either, because even the eco Greentech versions emit more than 100g/km of CO2, placing them in a high company car tax band than many rivals.

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