Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
The Rapid Spaceback represents a seriously cheap alternative cash buy to its chief rivals. You’ll also save a chunk of money each month buying one over an Astra of Focus on a PCP finance deal.
Running costs should also prove palatable, with CO2 emissions and fuel consumption being among the best in class, and that’s whether you choose the petrol or the diesel option. Low CO2 emissions and a low list price are also great news for business users, because they mean cheaper company car tax.
The Rapid Spaceback is better equipped than the regular Rapid model, and as long as you choose the correct trim, stacks up well to the competition as well. Entry-level S trim is too paired back with its steel wheels, but at least it comes with Bluetooth, a USB socket, electrically adjustable door mirrors and electric front windows.
SE Tech is the one to go for, though. Despite still having an attractive list price it adds 16in alloy wheels, cruise control, rear electric windows, rear parking sensors, sat-nav, a DAB radio and climate control. You even get a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob, and a handy umbrella under the passenger seat for a rainy day.
Finally there’s SE Sport trim. Based on SE trim it’s mechanically the same, but adds styling upgrades such as black, 17in alloy wheels, black door mirrors, front fog lights, a rear spoiler, privacy glass and sports seats. You also get a panoramic roof, but while that makes the cabin feel airier, it also cuts down the rear head room for taller adults.
Euro NCAP awarded the regular Rapid hatchback a five-star safety rating back in 2012, in part thanks to its standard six airbags and ISOFIX rear-seat child mounting points. Automatic emergency city braking with pedestrian sensing is also available, although only as an option on SE Tech and SE Sport versions. Security experts Thatcham also rate the Rapid range with five stars out of five for preventing ragamuffin thieves from pinching it. It also gets four stars for stopping them breaking in and stealing your valuables.
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