Skoda Rapid Spaceback (2013–2019)
- September 2013: Skoda Rapid Spaceback debuts
- October 2013: Prices announced for the UK
- November 2013: Rapid Spaceback Greenline launched
- February 2017: Revised Rapid Spaceback revealed
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.
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|
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.
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.