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 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

Spaceback 1.2 TSI 86 S 5dr £14,500
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.2 TSI 86 Greentech S 5dr £14,750
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
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
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.2 TSI 105 SE 5dr £16,180
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 90 S 5dr £16,300
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.2 TSI 105 Greentech SE 5dr £16,430
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.2 TSI 105 Elegance 5dr £16,640
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.2 TSI 105 Greentech Elegance 5dr £16,890
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 105 S 5dr £16,950
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 GreenLine 5dr £17,355
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
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.4 TSI 122 SE DSG 5dr £17,985 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
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 105 Elegance 5dr £18,390
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5
Spaceback 1.4 TSI 122 Elegance DSG 5dr £18,445 TBA
Spaceback 1.4 TSI 122 G'tech Elegance DS 5dr £18,565 TBA
Spaceback 1.6 TDI 105 Greentech Elegance 5dr £18,640
What Car? says:2 stars out of 5

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 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.

Reader test team says:

Skoda Rapid Spaceback 1.4 TSI 122 SE DSG 5dr

I wanted a good automatic (reliable, fast shifting and refined - so in my price range it had to be a DSG box), efficient petrol engine (no Diesel DPF,…

Andrew Preston

5 out of 5 stars

Skoda Rapid Spaceback 1.2 TSI 86 S 5dr

Love almost everything about my Rapid Spaceback Black Edition. It is a great, spacious family car that easily seats 5 tall passengers as well as their…

robert cadman

5 out of 5 stars
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