Skoda Rapid Spaceback Road Test (2013)

Skoda Rapid Spaceback (Interior View) (2013)

Skoda Rapid Review

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Like its sibling, the Rapid, the Spaceback will carry the same maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating ...

Comfort and Refinement

The test car was fitted with a Sport pack which includes the Style pack and costs £1,600. Part of the package was sports seats and they were fabulously comfortable offering plenty of all-round support.

And although the Spaceback offers all the economy and driving dynamics a business user may want, it doubles up as an ideal family car too. There is all that leg and headroom in the rear, and despite a slightly smaller boot than the Rapid, it can still easily accommodate a family’s luggage needs.

Light floods into the cabin via the large windows and the massive panoramic sunroof creating a bright and spacious atmosphere for all occupants. The interior is clutter-free with a V-shaped centre console rising from the footwells and housing the vehicle’s infotainment system and all ventilation controls. The white numbers and needles on the instrumentation also add a touch of class to the car.

Safety and Security

Like its sibling, the Rapid, the Spaceback will carry the same maximum five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. The car also meets the European Union’s demanding Phase Two pedestrian protection requirements. It features twin front side and head airbags, height adjustable three-point seatbelts and height-adjustable head rests.

Standard across the entire Spaceback range are anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control, while additional active safety specifications such as cornering front fog lights, hill hold control, and tyre pressure monitoring are available on higher spec models or as optional extras.

The test car also featured cruise control and acoustic rear parking sensors as standard.


Standard features on all Spaceback models is high and the mid-range SE that was tested included a six-loudspeaker sound system, plus a three spoke multi-function steering wheel with controls for the radio and telephone.

Optional extras included a very easy-to-operate Amundsen touchscreen sat nav system with DAB radio (£550) and climate control air conditioning (£300 extra).

The instrumentation is beautifully clear and neatly hooded so there is no glare and elsewhere all functions and systems are very easy to operate so the driver is not distracted searching for fiddly buttons and can concentrate on the road ahead.

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What We Liked
  • The space within the cabin, especially for back seat occupants
  • The appeal to the business and family segments
  • All the extras the Style pack adds, such as the sunroof, elongated tailgate glass, rear black spoiler and black door mirrors
  • Clean and precise design with sporty stance
  • Easy-to-use technology
  • Clear readouts
  • Clutter-free interior
  • Simply Clever features
  • Wide choice of engines, transmissions and trims.
What We Disliked
  • Diesel engine was a little noisy when pushed hard
  • Hard-touch plastic dashboard
  • The reduction in boot space despite being called a Spaceback
What We Would Like to See
  • A decent name – Rapid Hatchback maybe
  • A soft-touch dashboard
  • A sixth gear

The Skoda Rapid Spaceback is a welcome addition to the company’s line-up. It is economical to run, excellent value for money and can certainly hold its head high in the fiercely competitive compact family hatch segment.

Built at Skoda’s Mlada Boleslav facility in the Czech Republic, the Rapid Spaceback is a clear indication that the ever-increasing Skoda brand is still marching forward and picking up pace.

26 November 2013 Maxine Ashford
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Skoda Rapid Road Test Data
Model ReviewedSkoda Rapid Spaceback SE 1.6 TDI 90PS
Body Type5-door Hatchback
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph11.9 Seconds
Top Speed 113 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeDiesel
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban50.4 mpg
Extra Urban76.4 mpg
Combined64.2 mpg
Insurance GroupTBC
Euro NCAP Rating5-Stars
Warranty3 Years / 60,000
Price (when tested on the 26/11/13)£17,280 plus £2,600 optional extras

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