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Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Rapid majors on space and value for money

Skoda Rapid (12 on) - rated 3.8 out of 5
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PROS

  • Range of efficient engines
  • Huge amount of boot space
  • Spacious interior, and good to drive

CONS

  • Dull to look at and sit in
  • Lots of kit costs extra
  • About to be replaced by the Scala

PROS

  • Range of efficient engines
  • Huge amount of boot space
  • Spacious interior, and good to drive

CONS

  • Dull to look at and sit in
  • Lots of kit costs extra
  • About to be replaced by the Scala

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Verdict

To look at, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Skoda Rapid is a saloon, based on its sloping rear end, but it is, in fact, a hatchback. And you'd also be forgiven for forgetting that it exists at all – given how anonymous it looks. But you'd be wrong for overlooking the good-value, roomy and dependable Skoda Rapid – even though it's about to be replaced by the Skoda Scala.

In a similar fashion to its Skoda Octavia big brother, the Rapid is bigger than the cars its priced against, and is a different body style to its main competitors. It offers a superior amount of interior space on the inside. And that's why the Rapid is proving popular with the taxi trade – which is a clear demonstration that professional drivers rate this car's fitness for purpose and sheer reliability.

While the Rapid is priced at a similar level to many superminis, and other smaller cars, at the upper end of the range it goes up against cars like the popular Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra, as well as value-focused small family hatchbacks like the Fiat Tipo, Hyundai i30 and its in-house competitor – the near-identical SEAT Toledo.

Skoda Rapid: familiar Skoda engine options

The Rapid is powered by a familiar selection of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines shared with other Volkswagen Group cars (SEAT, Volkswagen and Audi). There are no performance variants available (the Rapid isn’t that kind of car, which is ironic given its name). There’s a stronger focus on efficiency than speed and, as such, the biggest, most powerful engine available is a 1.6-litre TDI diesel with 115hp.

If efficiency is your priority, there’s a smaller 1.4-litre TDI diesel, while petrol power is provided by a three-cylinder 1.0-litre TSI with a choice of power outputs, as well as a 1.4-litre TSI that comes exclusively with a DSG automatic gearbox and only one trim option.

Due to the selection of engines, you’d think the Rapid is a car that spends most of its time pottering about town, but it’s actually surprisingly good to drive thanks to its light weight and punchy engines. It’s no sports car, but it’s easy to drive on all roads, which is a very appealing thing for many buyers.

Skoda Rapid: spacious, well-built interior, and a big boot

Skoda Rapid

The Rapid isn’t a particularly exciting car to look at from the outside. It’s the inside where it really impresses, with enough space for four adults to fit comfortably and a huge boot hidden beneath that elongated tailgate.

It’s all familiar Skoda stuff inside too, with a solid build and a functional, easy-to-understand layout that’s very easy to get comfortable in. It feels well-built though, and is available with the usual selection of Skoda’s Simply Clever storage solutions to make life a little easier.

Skoda RapidShould you buy a Skoda Rapid?

Definitely, if you're looking for a no-nonsense good-value family car and aren't bothered about image. The Skoda Rapid is the kind of car you buy if you want something even more sensible than a Volkswagen Golf or Vauxhall Astra. Not only is it cheaper to buy, it’s also much more spacious and comes with a lot of similar equipment. It may not have the kerb appeal of many of its hatchback rivals, but it makes a lot of sense if all you want is bang for your buck.

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