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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Running costs

4 out of 5 4.0
  • Cheap to run
  • Up to 72.4mpg
  • No ultra-efficient GreenLine model at present

Skoda Rapid Spaceback running costs are good if we go by the official consumption figures.

As you’d expect, the diesel engines are the most economical out of the lot. The 1.4-litre TDI diesel, regardless of transmission choice, manages up to 72.4mpg, so if you know you’ll travel a lot of miles it may be worth considering.

The larger 1.6-litre TDI diesel isn’t that far behind, with a claimed economy figure of up to 68.9mpg.

As for the TSI petrols, expect to fill up more regularly, especially if you’re a little heavy-footed. The lesser-powered 1.0 TSI petrol engine is capable of up to 64.2mpg with the manual gearbox, while the punchier 110hp 1.0-litre TSI isn’t far behind, at 62.7mpg.

Unlike other Skoda models, there isn’t currently a GreenLine version that can up economy and emissions futher, but we may see those in time.

Estimated fuel cost per year

Fuel type Pence per litre Estimated cost per year *
Unleaded 109p £799 - £1,032 *
Diesel 107p £657 - £785 *

* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions. Fuel prices are updated daily.

Ongoing running costs

Servicing period Every 12,000 miles
Warranty Three years or 60,000 miles
Road tax (12 months) £0 - £140
See tax rates for all versions
Insurance group 11 - 18
How much is it to insure?

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.

Green credentials

4 out of 5 4.0

No matter which Rapid Spaceback version you go for, you’re not going to see rated emissions higher than 113g/km, so it’s pretty green in the grand scheme of things. The lowest CO2 rating comes from the 95hp 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine at 101g/km, which is very competitive for the cars in its class. The most polluting is the 125hp petrol at that aforementioned 113g/km.

The diesel engines populate the middleground here, with the 1.4-litre TDI coming in at a claimed 103g/km with the manual gearbox (104g/km with the automatic), and the 1.6-litre TDI rated at 107g/km.

Highest and lowest CO2 emissions

Engine CO2 emissions Road tax (12 months)
1.4 TDi (90bhp) Diesel 95 g/km (Min) £0
1.4 TSi Petrol 134 g/km (Max) £135


4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Solid reliability record
  • No real reported problems
  • Should continue to remain reliable in future

As far as we’re aware, there aren’t any serious reported problems with the Skoda Rapid Spaceback. This could mainly be due to tried-and-tested parts that are used elsewhere in the VW Group range, including parts used by VW, SEAT and indeed Skoda itself.

Skoda cars have proven they are reliable over recent years, helped by the VW group buying the brand, and continue to impress buyers. There’s certainly no foreseeable reason why the Rapid Spaceback will not continue this trend.

Car checklist problem points

Body No problems reported.
Engine / gearbox No problems reported.
Other No problems reported.

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