Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Skoda Rapid Spaceback hatchback?
The Rapid uses a number of cheaper plastics in the interior that are generally tough but can be scratched, so have a look around for any unsightly damage.
Check the alloy wheels for signs of curb damage. Not only is this potentially costly to put right, but it could also be a clue to future tyre wear and suspension problems if the knock has been serious enough to put the suspension geometry out.
Other potential problems with DPF-equipped cars come if it has been shut off part-way through a regeneration. The result could be contamination of the oil system with fuel, leading to the oil level rising gradually over time. This might cause damage to the engine, if it hasn’t already, so it’s worth getting the car checked out.
Is a used Skoda Rapid Spaceback hatchback reliable?
There wasn’t enough data to include the Rapid Spaceback in our latest What Car? Reliability Survey. However, Skoda as a brand did all right, coming 13th out of 32 other car manufacturers and beating the likes of Vauxhall and Nissan.