Skoda Rapid (2012–2019)

What's good

Five Star Euro NCAP rating: 94% adult protection, 80% child protection, 69% pedestrian protection and 71% safety assist, exactly the same as the similar SEAT Toledo.

What to watch out for

Early Rapid models criticised for poor ride quality, especially when fitted with low profile tyres.

11-1-2013: Warranty on DSG 7 speed dry clutch DQ200 gearbox extended to 5 years or 150,000 kilometres in Russia and China.

25-9-2013: Water leaks through the doors, failed cruise control, sat nav playing up on long-term test car driven by Matt Vosper.

28-7-2014: A drumming noise in Skoda Rapid is apparently a common, known fault and Skoda dealers have a remedy.

16-11-2016: "Sudden surge" sent right foot braked 2013 Skoda Rapid 1.4TSI DSG off the road at a roundablout and and into a wall.

28-1-2017: Since the DSG recall to replace synthetic oil with mineral in 7-speed dry clutch 'non maintenance' DSGs, a maintenance regime of an oil change every 40,000 miles has been imposed.

2-8-2017: Reassuring letter sent to owners of EA189 engined Skodas who have had the NOx emissions fix: “if a customer makes a complaint to an Authorised Repairer or to the Volkswagen Group in respect of a failure of the EGR, fuel injection system or emissions after treatment system within 24 months following the date of the implementation of the technical measures, in respect of a vehicle with mileage not exceeding 160,000 miles, SKODA will consider the complaint very carefully and if such complaint was established to have arisen as a result of the implementation of the technical measures, then Skoda will act responsibly and swiftly, in line with its goodwill policy, as supplemented in the annex, to respond to the consumers’ reasonable concerns.”

20-1-2018: Report of temperature coming through the vents of a Skoda Rapid varying every few seconds between hot and cold, and occasionally staying on (very) hot. It happens whether air con is on or off, and no fan speed or temperature setting changes the symptoms. It has the climatronic system. Have tried system reset to no avail. Could be a broken ducting flap upsetting the switching of the flaps.

25-10-2018: Report of clutch and flywheel failing on 2016 Sloda Rapid at 6,000 miles.

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