Skoda makes full use of every inch of the car ...
Ride and Handling
Skoda claims the Rapid Spaceback’s chassis has been precisely engineered to tackle the UK’s demanding and often uneven roads and in fairness, it does just that.
The front suspension features wishbones and McPherson struts plus an anti-roll bar to provide load balancing and limit body roll and this technology proved very comprehensive when cornering at speed. The ride at times seemed a little hard and bouncy over larger bumps, but overall it was certainly not worth complaining about.
The Spaceback also features a new Column Electric Power Steering system which is lighter than a traditional hydraulic system and seemed to sharpen up the car’s handling, which is always a plus-point.
One of the options fitted to the test car was 17-inch wheels (15-inch as standard) and although they looked very smart, they are not really needed and will add to road noise and affect fuel economy in a less than positive manner.
Ease of Use
Despite the Spaceback title, this model is smaller in length than the standard Rapid and therefore offers less storage space.
In standard form with all seats in an upright position the Spaceback can accommodate 415 litres of luggage and this capacity is increased to 1,380 litres with the rear seats folded forward.
That said, Skoda makes full use of every inch of the car and there are plenty of the company’s Simply Clever features to be unearthed which offer extra storage space. These include a variable boot floor (an optional extra costing £150 on SE and Elegance models), luggage hooks, bins in the door panels and a multimedia holder in front of the gearstick.
One area where the Spaceback truly excels is the cabin. Back seat passengers are treated to the best leg and headroom in class. Even with the front seats pushed back, there is still ample room to stretch out.
And with the large glazing between the car’s C and D pillars, there is a true feeling of spaciousness in the back.