A sporting version of Skoda's well-received hatchback, the Rapid Spaceback offers dynamic looks and an engine range providing both economy and refinement, as well as outstanding headroom and legroom.
Stylistically, the Rapid Spaceback is a notable departure from the original model. Whilst it retains the prominent grille and cloverleaf headlights of its sibling, the longer rear overhangs, straighter roofline (enhanced with a large panoramic window), D-pillars and black diffuser element hint at a more compact, athletic nature.
The Rapid Spaceback boasts a range of active and passive safety features, ensuring the highest standard of protection for the driver and passengers. As well as front, side and curtain airbags, models possess a range of active safety features including ABS brakes with Mechanical Brake Assist and Hydraulic Brake Assist, as well as Electronic Stability Control to prevent skidding.
One particularly “proactive" feature is brake lights that flash brightly during severe braking, reducing the possibility of rear-end shunts if you have to stop suddenly.
The available range of three petrol and two diesel engines all boast impressively low fuel consumption and CO2 output, as well as an impressively degree of refinement.
Although the most frugal unit of all, the 1.6 litre TDI diesel GreenTech, returns combined fuel economy of 70.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 118g/km.
Even the powerful 1.4 litre TSI petrol achieves 48.7mpg and 134g/km – emphasising the impressive nature of the powertrains available.
A recalibrated steering system and pliant suspension ensure that handling and ride quality are excellent, allowing the occupants to enjoy the space and comfort of the interior.
Despite the more compact appearance of the Spaceback, it has actually retained the same 2602mm wheelbase of the original Rapid. An impressive amount of room for legs, heads, knees and elbows, even for large adults, is therefore guaranteed.
The 415 litres of loadspace, meanwhile, increases to a maximum of 1380 litres with all the rear seats folded forward. All models come with a leather steering wheel, adjustable seats and steering column, and heated rear windows.
4304 mm / 169.4 in|
1940 mm / 76.4 in|
1459 mm / 57.4 in|
2602 mm / 102.4 in|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||
1065 kg / 2348 lb|
|Engine / Cylinders||
160Nm @ 1500-3500 rpm|
63 kW @ 4800 rpm|
0-62 mph / 11.7 sec