What used Skoda Rapid Spaceback hatchback will I get for my budget?
Thanks to steep depreciation, you can now pick up an early Rapid Spaceback for just £5000. It’ll be a 1.6-litre diesel with around 100,000 miles on the clock, though, so you might want to spend around £7000 for something with less than half the mileage, in well-equipped SE or SE Tech spec with a 1.2 TSI petrol engine. Those who want an automatic will need to spend about £8000, because there aren’t huge numbers of them available on the used market. If you want a facelifted car with the 1.0 TSI turbo petrol engine, you’ll need to increase your budget to £11,500.
The facelift in 2017 brought engine revisions to the 1.4 and 1.6 TDI engines to increase their efficiency, while the new 1.0 TSI replaced all previous petrol engines. The 94bhp 1.0 TSI is particularly noteworthy, because it returns 62.8mpg on average. However, the majority of these engines were introduced after the new road tax policy was implemented in April 2017, so all models after this date will cost you £140 a year to tax.
Skoda servicing tends to be reasonable compared with some of its rivals, but you can take advantage of Skoda’s fixed-price servicing scheme once your Skoda car is over three years old. Prices for all of these jobs are published on Skoda’s website under the owners section.