Skoda Rapid Spaceback (2013–2019)

Model History

September 2013

Skoda Rapid Spaceback debuts

First shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show the Rapid Spaceback is Skoda's new offering designed to combine a fresh design with the Skoda qualities people expect. Compared with conventional hatchback models, the car appears significantly longer when viewed from the side. The Rapid Spaceback has many optional features, such as a large panoramic sunroof and a long rear window. The new brand appearance marks the front: A new logo on the bonnet ‘nose’, a distinctive grille, headlamps and fog lights arranged in a cloverleaf pattern.

Rapid Spaceback customers can choose new 3-spoke steering wheels, new fabrics and new trim lines. In addition to being stylishly sporty, the interior offers plenty of room for all passengers. Passengers in the rear enjoy the most knee room and headroom in the entire segment, while the boot sets new standards with its volume of 415 to 1,380 litres.

The Rapid Spaceback is a smart compact to the core that includes many ‘Simply Clever’ solutions, such as the double cargo floor in the boot, which divides the floor into two horizontal compartments when needed, an ice scraper inside the fuel filler flap, many holders for daily items, restraining nets and hooks.

October 2013

Prices announced for the UK

There will be three trim levels: S, SE and Elegance, with prices starting from just £14,340 OTR. Specification levels across the range are generous, with all three Spaceback models fitted with additional equipment over the Rapid. Air conditioning is standard across the line-up, along with curtain airbags, front electric windows and a height and reach adjustable steering column. SE models feature alloy wheels, acoustic rear parking sensors, cruise control and a Bluetooth telephone connection, while Elegance models add, among other items, climate control, height-adjustable passenger seat and cornering front fog lights.

Rapid Spaceback S CO2 Recommended OTR
1.2 TSI 86PS 119 £14,340
1.2 TSI 86PS GreenTech 114 £14,590
1.6 TDI CR 90PS 114 £16,140
1.6 TDI CR 90PS DSG 118 £17,300
1.6 TDI CR 105PS 114 £16,790
Rapid Spaceback SE CO2 Recommended OTR
1.2 TSI 86PS 119 £15,480
1.2 TSI 86PS GreenTech 114 £15,730
1.2 TSI 105PS 125 £16,180
1.2 TSI 105PS GreenTech 118 £16,430
1.4 TSI 122PS DSG 134 £17,980
1.4 TSI 122PS DSG GreenTech 127 £18,105
1.6 TDI CR 90PS 114 £17,280
1.6 TDI CR 90PS GreenTech 104 £17,530
1.6 TDI CR 90PS DSG 118 £18,440
1.6 TDI CR 105PS 114 £17,930
1.6 TDI CR 105PS GreenTech 106 £18,180
Rapid Spaceback Elegance CO2 Recommended OTR
1.2 TSI 105PS 125 £16,640
1.2 TSI 105PS GreenTech 118 £16,890
1.4 TSI 122PS DSG 134 £18,440
1.4 TSI 122PS DSG GreenTech 127 £18,565
1.6 TDI CR 90PS 114 £17,740
1.6 TDI CR 90PS GreenTech 104 £17,990
1.6 TDI CR 90PS DSG 118 £18,900
1.6 TDI CR 105PS 114 £18,390
1.6 TDI CR 105PS GreenTech 106 £18,640

November 2013

Rapid Spaceback Greenline launched

Following on from the successful launch of the Rapid, and ahead of the January showroom debut for the Rapid Spaceback, Skoda has revealed pricing and specification for the GreenLine version.

It is powered by the 1.6-litre TDI CR 90PS DPF diesel engine linked to a five-speed manual transmission. The result is emissions of just 99g/km and an official combined cycle fuel economy of 74.3mpg. With BIK values of just 14% the pair are expected to prove especially popular with fleet and corporate customers. Running costs are further reduced because each is in VED Band A.

All cars come with 15-inch ‘Carme’ alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres, front fog lights and sunset glass. Inside there is a height-adjustable driver’s seat, air-conditioning and a Maxi-DOT trip computer. These desirable comfort and convenience features are in addition to the standard equipment which is on all Rapid and Rapid Spaceback cars. That includes heated door mirrors, height-adjustable head rests and reach-and-rake adjustable steering wheel. The Rapid Spaceback GreenLine is £17,195.

February 2017

Revised Rapid Spaceback revealed

Changes include modified fog lights and a narrow chrome strip (standard from SE L up) connects the lights and creates a wider-looking front end plus black-tinted covers on the taillights in the distinctive C-shape.

The wheels are available in new designs: Costa wheel trims for the 15-inch wheels, Evora (silver) and Vigo (silver / black metallic) for the 16-inch alloys, Trius (silver) and Torino (black polished, for the Monte Carlo edition) 17-inch alloy wheels.

The main headlights are now available with bi-xenon lights and the daytime running light uses LED technology. The interior of the upgraded model features many design changes such as new inlays which have been added to the four doors while the air vents in the dashboard, the instruments and the control panel of the manual air-conditioning system have also been redesigned.

As part of the upgrade, a 1.0-litre TSI engine is now available in two versions, 95PS and 110PS with official fuel economy of 64.2mpg and 62.8mpg respectively.

What does a Skoda Rapid Spaceback (2013 – 2019) cost?

List Price from £13,320
Buy new from £11,792