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heycar review

      Launch year
      2012
      Body type
      Small hatch
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
David Ross

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David Ross

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Spacious but compact family hatch

Best bits

  • Very roomy inside for a small car with a vast boot
  • Cheap to run
  • Five star Euro NCAP rating

Not so great

  • Cabin quality isn’t great with cheap feeling plastics
  • Rapid Spaceback makes more sense
  • Diesels are noisy and the 1.4 TDI is slow

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Overall verdict

"You’ve probably seen a Skoda Rapid on the roads but you probably didn’t notice it. Bland probably best sums up the looks of the Rapid - Skoda’s small hatchback that sort of sits between the Fabia and Octavia. "

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And that’s sort of the problem with the Skoda Rapid. No one, not even some of the people at Skoda we expect, was ever quite sure how it fitted into the line-up. And indeed why you’d buy one over a Fabia Estate or the bigger Octavia.


The fact it looked like a small saloon didn’t help either, as these have never been popular with UK buyers. It is in fact a hatchback and a very spacious one at that with lots of rear space and a whopping boot.


There are actually few cars this size that offer as much room inside. There’s plenty of legroom for anyone sat in the back, even with the front seats moved all the back. It makes it ideal for kids in car seats, especially rear facing. It even has a five star Euro NCAP rating.


Then there’s the huge boot. The big tailgate with its wide opening reveals a cavernous area that’s able to carry a lot more than you’d imagine. With 550 litres of cargo space, the boot is not far short of that you'd find in an Audi A6 Avant.


Being a Skoda, it has plenty of storage space and is full of useful features too such as a handy ice scraper in the fuel filler cap. It’s a shame then that the interior feels very cheap in places. It’s doubtless well put together, but the plastics used tend to be hard and scratchy. The seats are narrow and don’t offer much support either.


It does however drive well, with decent steering and a safe feel from behind the wheel. Fun is way down the menu, but it’s reassuring nonetheless. The ride quality lets it down though and around town, over potholes and basically on anything other than a smooth bit of tarmac, it’s not particularly sophisticated. 


The Rapid is, however, cheap to buy and cheap to run. All the engines are focussed on economy and while the 1.4 TDI and 1.6 TDI diesels are the most frugal, we’d suggest the 1.2 TSI or the newer 1.0 TSI, both of which will return at least 50mpg in actual real world driving.


Perhaps the biggest issue with the Rapid is its counterpart the Rapid Spaceback. It may have a smaller boot, but with a more conventional hatchback design it’s more versatile and makes more sense for most buyers. 


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  • 2017
  • 21,769 miles
  • Richmond Skoda Southampton
  • Hampshire, SO302EU
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Is the Skoda Rapid right for you?

It may look like a saloon, but the Rapid is actually a hatchback and a practical one at that. If you want a car that’s easy to park and doesn’t take up much room on your driveway, but that still has lots of room in the back and a big boot, the Rapid could fit the bill.


The Rapid might not be a striking design, if you want a car that’s going to make an impression, look elsewhere. However, it will appeal to those less worried about whether the neighbours are impressed by what you drive and are more concerned with getting lots of space for their money.


It’s good for families who don’t want a huge car yet still need good rear space and a big boot. It’s also ideal as a second runabout or for retired couples who still want to be able to take the grandchildren out occasionally. 


What's the best Skoda Rapid model/engine to choose?

The Skoda Rapid shares the usual engines you’ll find in most small Volkswagen Group cars and it’s very much a car focussed on low running costs rather than performance. The best, in our opinion, is the turbocharged 1.2 TSI which comes in two versions.


The more powerful is the better choice if you’re going to be carrying a lot of kit in your Rapid. But the lower powered model is still more than adequate around town. The basic 1.2 MPI is slow though and best avoided unless you just want a basic A to B car.


The 1.2 TSI was later replaced by the 1.0 TSI, which isn’t as smooth as the 1.2-litre but is still just as nippy. SE models are the ones to go for and there are plenty around. SE L and Elegance get more kit but we wouldn’t pay much more for them on the used market.


What other cars are similar to the Skoda Rapid?

If you haven’t already worked it out, the Skoda Rapid is the sister car to the SEAT Toledo. They have the same engines, interior and basic design. In fact only the headlights and grille are different. The Rapid was more popular though and so there are more used examples about. 


To slightly confuse things there’s also the Skoda Rapid Spaceback which is a more conventional hatchback but offers the same lots-of-space-in-a-small-package design. There are also more of them about on the used car market.


If you want a practical hatch that’s not too big, there is a lot of choice out there. The Kia Cee’d and Hyundai i30 are obvious choices or you could consider a small crossover like a Suzuki SX4 S-Cross or even a Citroen C4 Cactus


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