Space & practicality

Skoda Rapid review

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1 Jun 2017 08:08 | Last updated: 23 Aug 2018 11:47

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Space & practicality

How it copes with people and clutter

While the Octavia leads the way in this class for roominess, the smaller Rapid model isn’t far behind. Head and leg room in the front are more than good enough for non-giants, so assuming you’re not well over six-feet tall you’ll be fine. Cabin width is okay, too, so you won’t be rubbing shoulders.

Moving to the rear and it’s a similar story. Head room is generous and knee room for two passengers sat behind two taller people in the front is similar to a Vauxhall Astra and far better than you’ll get in a Ford Focus.

The Rapid’s boot isn’t far off its class-leading big brother, the Octavia’s. It’s certainly bigger than a Focus’s or Astra’s and incidentally, bigger than the other Rapid Spaceback’s boot as well. That means plenty of space for a couple of large suitcases, while a fulsome weekly family shop also fits easily. There’s a high load lip between the bottom of the tailgate opening and the boot floor to heave heavy items over, but you get 60/40 split-folding rear seats as standard. With them down there’s a sizable step in the extended load bay.

 

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