Skoda Rapid (2012 – 2019) At A Glance
The Skoda Octavia has found favour with buyers thanks to its no-nonsense design and practicality – but as the next generation moved a little more upmarket in terms of quality and price, Skoda has filled the gap with the Rapid – and it delivers the same no-nonsense, down to earth motoring.
The Rapid, at first glance, looks very traditional – but while it does have a saloon silhouette it’s actually a hatchback, with all the practicality benefits to match. That means an extremely useful boot and space in the back so generous that even the very tallest passengers will be comfortable.
Drivers will be happy too – it’s a very easy car to drive, with a soft, smooth ride, slick gearshift and light steering. The instruments are clear and everything is sensibly laid out, logical and simple to use. There are some nice flourishes too, like an ice-scraper in the fuel filler flap and a few handy, low cost options like a bin in the door and a reversible floor carpet with a wipe down covering on one side.
The engine range is fairly simple – there’s a 1.6-litre diesel and petrols with power outputs ranging from 75PS to 122PS. Skoda reckons on the diesel winning most buyers, but those on a budget would be wise to consider the 86PS 1.2 TSI, which suits the car well. It’s best to avoid the entry level 1.2-litre MPI petrol though.
Skoda Rapid 2012 Road Test.
Long Term Test Skoda Rapid 1.6 TDI SE
Skoda Rapid 1.4TDI and Spaceback 1.0TSI DSG 2017 Road Test
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What's a good car choice for use as a local taxi?
"Which small-medium sized car would you recommend as a local taxi? Hybrids are expensive so I'm thinking a petrol, with no DMF and chain driven. Better if it is non-turbo too but that isn't a deal breaker and MPG should be reasonably good. "
For a narrow body and a big boot the Skoda Rapid was good enough for quite a few taxi drivers to pick it. But all the engines are turbo and belt cam. Real MPG shows that 2.0 litres Skyactiv G engines in Mazda CX-3 and Mazda 3 get good economy, and the Mazda 2 1.5 Skyactiv G does even better with real MPG in the 50s, even for the 6-speed auto. Another possibility is a Honda Jazz Sport with the 1.5 i-VTEC 130 engine. Very spacious and practical inside.
What's a good replacement for my Skoda Rapid?
"I am looking for a replacement for my Skoda Rapid. My requirements are a petrol car with a high driving position, both front seats height adjustable and boot space to take a set golf clubs. My annual mileage is 9000 miles and my budget is about £7000. have recently looked at the new MG3 that has a seven year warranty. Please what would you suggest?"
We'd avoid the MG3 - there are better options out there. We rate the latest Skoda Fabia as an excellent value hatchback. Buy an SE grade or above for two height adjustable front seats. You can get an estate version, too, should you need more space than the hatchback offers.
What is causing water ingress in my car door?
"I have a Skoda Rapid and have water ingress into my driver's side door. What's the cause and how much should it cost to put right?"
In the old days it was because the waterproof membrane inside the door had perished. These days doors are often steel sandwich construction and it will mean that the seal at the bottom of this has broken. Fiddly dismantling job to fix. But if you hear water sloshing about inside the door, then go round the bottom of the door with a wooden cocktail or kebab stick and poke through the drain holes. That might be all you have to do.
What is the difference between the Skoda Rapid 90PS and 86PS version?
"What is the difference between the Skoda Rapid 1.2 TSI 90PS and 86PS version? Is the latest the same engine as used in the current Octavia? Is there anything to watch for, such as the timing belt/chain intervals? "
The 1.2 is being phased out in favour of the new 3-cylinder 1.0 litre engine. Skoda was late to switch from potentially unreliable chain cam 1.2 TSI to more reliable belt cam 1.2TSI. The 90PS will be the belt cam version, so needs a belt every 4 years or so, plus tensioner, waterpump and aux belt.