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Skoda Rapid Spaceback (2013 - )

Last updated 17 July 2014

 
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Dimensions
Length 4304 mm
Width 1940 mm
Height 1459 mm
Wheelbase 2602 mm
Boot Space 415–1380 L

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Interior

The Spaceback name might be a little misleading – this isn’t supposed to be estate version of the Rapid, rather it’s a more sensible and traditional hatchback. It is spacious though – the rear seats can comfortably carry adults and the boot is a good size. It has a fairly high load lip to haul heavy items over, but a false boot floor is offered to alleviate the problem.

As family transport the Rapid Spaceback is hard to fault – but it is relatively narrow, so carrying three fully grown adults or teenagers in the back row might be tricky. Some of the materials are a little lacklustre too – there’s no soft touch dash covering and the faux-metallic inlays feel a bit second rate. That said the plastics that Skoda has used should stand up to plenty of abuse.

There’s nothing special about the dashboard layout, but nor is there anything wrong with it – the controls are placed where you’d expect them to be and everything is intuitive and easy to operate, from the steering mounted audio buttons to the air conditioning and the touchscreen display.

Those who wish to lift the ambience a little will be pleased with the options list – Skoda offers a full length glass roof, which bathes the cabin in light, there are options for different dash inlays and you can even pick cream upholstery. These few extras lift an otherwise drab but perfectly functional cabin.

Standard equipment on entry level models is okay, with front electric windows, air conditioning, a CD player and Isofix mounts. Those who want some luxury will need to move up to SE trim which adds alloy wheels, parking sensors, steering wheel audio controls and satellite navigation. 

Rapid Spaceback S models come with 15-inch Dakara steel wheels with trims and 185/60 R15 tyres, an alarm with interior monitoring, centre console with cupholder, curtain airbags, daytime running lights, ESP including ABS, ASR, MSR, EDS and HBA, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors, front electric windows, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, height adjustable drivers seat, parking ticket window clip, Isofix on back seats, manual air conditioning, remote central door locking plus a reversible (rubber/carpet) load floor mat.

Greentech models gain braking energy recovery system and a stop/start system.

SE has 15-inch Carme alloy wheels and 185/60 R15 tyres, six speakers, three-spoke leather steering wheel with controls for radio and telephone, acoustic rear parking sensors, body coloured door mirrors and handles, cruise control, front centre armrest, front fog lights, storage compartment for sunglasses, hill hold control (on 1.4 TSI DSG and 1.6 TDI 90 DSG only), maxi-dot trip computer, sat-nav, tinted glass and Bluetooth.

Elegance models gain 16-inch Dione alloy wheels with 215/45 R16 tyres, chrome interior surrounds, climate control air conditioning, cornering front fog lights, front and rear floor mats and a height adjustable passenger seat.

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