The Skoda Rapid Spaceback has been unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show
9 September 2013

The Skoda Rapid Spaceback has been unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show, alongside plans for a host of new models.

The second variant of the Rapid will be followed by a mildly facelifted Yeti, planned for the end of the year.

Skoda says it is also working on a more sporting, Range Rover Evoque-inspired version of its upcoming seven-seat SUV. Development of the new SUV - which is based on the biggest version of the VW Group’s MQB platform - is racing ahead, but the sporty version is said to have “already come off the drawing board”. The big SUV will replace the Superb as the firm’s flagship model and is likely to bear the same name.

Next year Skoda will launch the new Fabia supermini. Despite its age, today’s Fabia is Skoda’s best-selling model in the UK. The 11,657 units sold in the first six months of 2013 were more than double the Octavia’s 5384 sales. The new Fabia is based on the smallest version of the MQB platform, so it is expected to be half a size bigger than today’s car.

The new Rapid Spaceback is all-new from the B-pillars back. Although it retains the same 2602mm wheelbase as the standard hatchback, the new model is 180mm shorter due to a reduced rear overhang. 

Luggage space has been reduced from 550 to 415 litres, although Skoda claims passenger space to be the best in its class. An optional double cargo floor allows two horizontal levels of storage is offered alongside features from the Rapid hatchback, including an ice scraper in the fuel filler flap.

Skoda will offer the Rapid Spaceback with a range of customisation options in an effort to increase appeal for younger customers. Options include a full-length tinted glass roof and a “prolong” rear window which extends the tint further along the car.

The Rapid Sportback will be offered with four petrol and two diesel engine options, all of which are likely to be offered in the UK. Petrol engines include 1.2-litre TSI units offered in outputs of 74, 84 and 104bhp, while the 1.4-litre TSI unit produces 120bhp. The diesel line-up will include a new-to-the Rapid 88bhp unit offering a claimed 74.3mpg and 99g/km in Greenline specification.

UK sales are expected to begin at the end of 2013. Pricing is yet to be confirmed, although the Spaceback is likely to attract a small premium over the hatchback.

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Stuart Milne & Hilton Holloway

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15 July 2013

What is it? An estate a hatch??

15 July 2013

What are you supposed to do with it?! So, in additon to the standard Rapid and Octavia, Skoda now has 3 hatchbacks in the same class.

15 July 2013

I like this. I understand that Skoda are also making a number of upgrades to the regular Rapid in order to address refinement/trim/ride issues that had identified on the original. If they get the pricing right I'll consider it next year.

15 July 2013

What on earth are Skoda up to?? ... The "Spaceback" (which looks like an estate) is shorter and has less luggage capacity than the standard Rapid 'hatchback' (which looks like a saloon) making its "Spaceback" moniker look rather silly  ...

15 July 2013

The Rapid and Octavia aren't true hatchbacks though, in fact Skoda refer to them as "Liftbacks"

This may look a bit estate-y but it's Golf sized and Skoda don't have a car of this segment in their range. I guess 'Spaceback' refers to it having slightly more luggage space than cars like the Golf - think of it as Skoda's Audi A3 Sportback.

15 July 2013

...than standard notchback Rapid, certainly a more cohesive design. What both versions of the Rapid add to the Skoda range is debatable, other than providing a smaller, cheaper alternative to all those taxi drivers out there who would nornally go for the default choice, the Octavia.

15 July 2013

Looks good to me - you're basically getting all the space of a Golf or Focus (assuming you don't need to carry 5 adults) for two or three grand less, so I can see this finding plenty of buyers.

Golf-class cars have become very big and bloated nowadays.

15 July 2013

If its 1800mm shorter than the Rapid . Cmon Autocar sort out the typos !

I did try and test drive an Octavia Estate last weekend but the dealership hasnt had any deliveries yet . I wonder how long it will take to get one if I place an order .

What is considered an acceptable delivery time ?

15 July 2013

This struck me as the most uncomfortable rear seat ride since the Mk. 1 Cortina. I had hoped the new vehicle might have this sorted but a review on another website suggests it hasn't been. Has anyone any experience?

18 July 2013

The ride in the Octavia has never been bad, certainly myself, nor any of my family have complained. It's been commented on as extremely comfortable, certainly better than anything from Ford or Vauxhall, especially the bone-jarring Vectra and Insignia.

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